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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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  • I could not say that this people is especially nice, so I guess that many may ask you "Why will I leave indifferent then?". As because, despite not being a "magical town" here you will find a couple of places that will make a before and an after in your trip. For starters, its cemetery that rather seems a makeshift Holy field in which clavadando have been randomly handmade wooden crosses. If you go on day of flea market also you can enjoy an authentic experience. Here sell absolutely everything: clothes, food, souvenirs, each 2 x 3 will see go to a group of men dressed in borrego chaletos as we were told are the guardians of the people, i.e. those which impose the law in the village. Finally, you can not miss his Church. You trasladaréis inside a completely different dimension, where shamans and the pagan rites are the protagonists. A journey to another world without a doubt. If you are doing a tour of Chiapas, this is definitely a destination that you can not miss!!
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  • It is a place where he feels a strange energy vibration. It seems that the people of the place is remote in time and space. Entering the Church of the place is quite an experience. They charge 25 pesos, but it is not possible to take photos.
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  • It is hard to describe the emotion one feels inside this church... not to be missed, being very careful to respect the beliefs and desires of the people, who can't stand the sight of a camera! I highly recommend to request the explanation of a guide at the entrance of the Church, which for a modest contribution gives very good clarification on what you discover inside and on society tzotzil (Juan Diego was very interesting!)
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  • if one wants an out of body experience while visiting san cristobal one must go to chamula. there is no way to describe what one can experience as words will not suffice. be assured that one will leave thinking they have visited another planet. so amazing so wonderful so wild. just do it and you will be thrilled you did. one word of advise, respect the local traditions and do not take fotos that have not been approved. and do not try sneak fotos, you will be sorry that you did....
  • The church is a must to understand the tradition of this community. The inside was overwhelming
  • The magic in this church is unique. Do not miss visit it !
  • 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.

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