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San Juan Chamula, Pacific Coast

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Head to San Juan Chamula to meet an almost completely indigenous population of roughly 76,000 people. Around 149 different groups of people have been identified among the population of the city, which has its own police force and enjoys no outside military or police intervention. Head to the church of San Juan, the main attraction of the local area. The small church features white walls adorned with vibrantly colored blue and green ceramics, which decorate the windows and doors. Arrange to visit San Juan Chamula and other attractions in San Cristobal de las Casas using our San Cristobal de las Casas vacation generator.
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  • Contrasts, ideology and poverty. Ideal place to find a diversity of culture very different from today. Enigmatic place. Dominate the uses and customs. Entering the Church is striking. You must go
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  • Full in Chiapas, the country is inhabited by the indigenous tzotzil community as one of the main groups in the region. The Church, desecrated the Catholic religion, it is the meeting between the ancient Mayan culture, with rites by the shamani for healings and other and Catholicism with images of Saints and an exceptional amount of candles and incense. There are no chairs and benches are all sitting on the floor and on the floor there are pine needles to symbolize the relationship with nature.
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  • It is a small community of ca. 30,000 inhabitants descended from Maya and with their particular social organization; not to be missed is the church dedicated to Saint John the Baptist, inside which the faithful on the floor strewn with pine needles and lighted candles, celebrate ancient rituals Maya, which sometimes involve the sacrifice of poultry.
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  • Definitely worth a visit. The perfect way is the horse ride from Can Cristoval. Over there you also discover a very special use of coca cola... Sunday street market of local tribes is very authentic.
  • The customs still observed there are profoundly telling of our rich past and connection to nature. Outside, the farmers are more than picturesque...they are deeply involved in a post native culture. This seems to be a fascinating blend of time between Mayans, Catholics, Mexicans, and well removed mountain cultures. Zapatistas and Orozco vernacular. Haven't been there since 2010/2011, but guessing nature is strongly the driving force there still.
  • one of the place with magic in the air.
  • The church and its syncretism is something shocking and moving to observe.
  • Chicken, coke and saints.