Diego De Mazariegos
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Set off to visit three churches this morning. One traditional with an interesting facade. The other two were quite different.
The first we were allowed to take photos of the facade but not inside.
The whole church including the altars were adorned with thousands of fresh flowers. Huge banners were slung across the roof and one of the side …
... floors and covering alters. There were pine leaves all over the floor and children everywhere. Wax covered the floor from where the candles burnt out. There are women performing rituals and blessing people. And mothers breast feeding, men smoking. At the very top of the church were a group of women praying so intensely they were crying. There were huge flowers living the church like you would see at a funeral, and people playing instruments - trumpets and accordions. So many ...
... veggies and spices. The dead chicken store and the butcher full of flies was a definite highlight for me..... The only thing that really upset me at San Cristobal was the huge amount of children working on the streets. There were shoe shiners that looked not much older than my Preppies I've taught. They are out all day just trying to make a buck or two (well pesos in their case). I just kept wondering why they weren't ...
... fields. A huge number have machetes and looked pretty adept at using them. Not the sort of guys to pick an argument with. One thing is for sure, these guys work hard. Really hard. The steepness of the slopes and the general poor quality of a lot of the land means mechanised farming is just not feasible and it is all done by hand.
As we get closer to San Cristobal, it is noticeable that conifers start to dominate the landscape and it almost resembles ...
... other bird wildlife before heading back and after a lunch stop at a local restaurant we continue on to San Cristobal.
The history and culture of the state of Chiapas is a real mix of Indian and Spanish - the Indians in the lowlands, the Spanish in the highlands. The valleys of Chiapas were central to the trade route and a key to the south to Guatemala for the trade of jade.
We stop at Museo Na Blom on our way to San Cristobal de Las ...