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... the guy was telling her to lower it, I found it all very funny, eventually she got the meat right in front of the crocs face and SNAP!!! The croc bit on the peg and broke it and took the meat, Bobbie screamed as it happened then felt bad the peg broke, but the guy laughed and seemed ok with it. He then took us further up into the park to do something I've always dreamed of doing, getting up close to a feeding a Jaguar. The first one was a smaller female, she was very pleasant and ...
... when one of the locals came and told me to put my camera away.
One of the horsemen (the oldest and dodderiest, it seemed) climbed onto his saddle (supported by a couple of younger chaps) and put up something on a rope. I wasn't quite sure what he was doing and the crowd gave constant advice when the rope wasn't level. I came to the conclusion that this must be all part of the tradition because on the basis that they've been doing this ...
San Juan Chamulin is one of the highlights of our travels thusfar, and is most definitely the biggest culture shock to date. This Mayan village lies deep in the heart of Chiapas, the southernmost state of Mexico. Only about 50,000 colourfully-clad Tzotzil Mayans live there. A ten peso VW combi ride from San Cristobal de las Casas gets you there in just 20 minutes.
Time seemed to stand still as we sat and stared, taking in all that was going ...
... to expell then so they scarpered. But returned a few centuries later, in 1976, to pick up where they left off.
These days Zinacantecos live relatively modernly, but retain many of their ancient traditions. The menfolk wear elborately embroidered and tassled jackets with flowers in shaded of red and pink, while the women wear equally intricately embroidered skirts and shawls in ...
... blocked in both directions for 2 hours as ambulances and breakdown trucks came up from the town. It brought home to us how isolated the area is and how fragile the infrastructure, despite the relatively new highway.
The next day we visited the Sumidero Canyon, eventually, as we had to wait 2 hours until there were enough people to fill a boat. The Canyon can only be seen by boat but it was worth the wait. It is impossible to take a photograph that does it ...
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