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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 Juan Chamula using our San Juan Chamula vacation generator.
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  • We went on Sunday so found the full market and many people in the church. Rituals were as others have described - no photography means you really digest what you see at the time. Market sellers defini...  more »
  • Place to meet the customs of indigenous peoples... only that you can hardly take photos that the people there will not allow it in certain places
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  • Two steps away from the most famous village in San Cristobal de las casas, absolutely unique. Do not miss a visit to the Church. Prohibited to take photos and/or shooting, then even more so you'll have to open your eyes and memorize what you'll see. It is the Temple of syncretism of this people, where faith in Christian Saints blends with pagan rituals (really indescribable the climate inside). "Impressive" does not make the idea.
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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.
  • The church and its syncretism is something shocking and moving to observe.
  • An important part of the culture of this people is his Church and it is important to understand it to understand a little to its people. Very important, it is not permitted to take pictures or video within the Church, the penalty is jail and Butlers are always attentive to compliance with the rule. It is imperative to respect the beliefs of this community, because one is as visitor charges you a fee to gain access to the interior of the Church, but does not give right to take photographs. In the inside is Revere many Holy and each Butler cares by its own Holy so is you carry offerings, candles and alms, to each Holy is you da the alms independent of them others.
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  • It is difficult to describe the Church of San Juan Chamula, the blend of ancient culture and the Catholic Church, the beauty of its facade and the sacred. If you plan to enter you will marvel and feel the sacred soil that you step on, I recommend you to programs you go light to this place and disconnect you from the time and space.
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