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San Juan Chamula, Pacific Coast

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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4/5 based on 190+ reviews on the web
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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  • The village is very close to San Cristóbal of the houses. You can arrive by bus, on your own, but I recommend the tour. While first take you to the cooperatives, which are sooo sights, and you have to buy, I believe that it is worthwhile to go with a guide, because you can explain things that otherwise you would not see. You have to be very respectful, especially with the photos, since they do not allow them on all sides. The Church, not to be missed, did not see anything like
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  • Didn't see a lot of the town or take too many snaps (the locals tend to throw stones at you) but we did visit The Church in San Juan Chamula. We've never been in a church like this anywhere in the wor...  read more »
  • Along the road leading to the Church of this town, the Guide warned us that we would have seen a show very strong and if someone didn't want to enter was free to do so. Enter the Church is like stepping into a horror movie. Pine needles all over the floor, small oil-lamp and candles lit from all sides in their hundreds. The sides Saints caskets including San Antonio and San Francesco.Ma the puzzling thing is that on the ground in front of the display cases or in the room there are households (everyone has a chicken held tight) to sit on the floor practicing rituals between shamanism and Christianity (the sacred and the profane). Drinking alcohol until they're dizzy (sadly told the leadership they drink up to get them drunk even children) and at the final stage with the help of a shaman of the hen which brought as a sacrifice. Frankly it's a spettacoloper us incomprehensible, but their reality is this. When you leave pitches a sigh of relief and hope to not come back anymore!!!
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  • 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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  • It is worthwhile to pay to enter, is a new condensation of rural Mexican ritual
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