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San Juan Chamula, Pacific Coast

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Religious Site
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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  • Well, there is much to say about this place. Input which is the birthplace of the zapatista movement example of union and progress. Chamula have shown that when people join they can grow. Now the houses are no longer Adobe as once on the contrary you can see very well built residences, however they have not lost its essence, people continued with their customs and costumes. With equality as a flag. As touristy it is important to inform you that if and can not do. For example you can never take pictures inside the Church but in the street if there is Carnival there or in the street unless you can take photo and video. If they offer you some handicraft and the sockets you should buy it, so if you do not want to even touch it. San Juan has had its moments of violence, so roughing inform you of the situation to avoid to be put at risk. It is worth mentioning that although it sounds a little dangerous only it is matter of respect because the Chamulas are generally very nice people.
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  • If you have rental car well it is worth a visit to this small town, very authentic. The Church is a must, a donation at the entrance, is paid within it has nothing to do with other churches as rituals are performed, there are people drinking alcohol, escupidero... purify the costumed Saints... autuentico!
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  • When it comes to small places with locals to see you may incur traps x tourists. This is not the case. Indeed you will be looked upon with distrust and you'd better avoid photographing people. To see the Church and live the moments of the market perhaps stopping in the great square eating from corn carts with chile, quesadillas expressed or fruit that abounds in the banquets at ridiculously low prices.
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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.