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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 ...
... clement weather of San Cristobal. I stopped in Chiapa de Corzo and have to agree with the Spanish, Chiaps de Corzo is very hot and extremely humid. I visited the Sumidero Canyon bouncing in a speed boat up to the impressive dam. At its highest point the walls of the canyon stretch over 1000m. It is said that when the Spanish invaded some of the indigenous warriors jumped from the top of the canyon, into the river rather than surrender to the Spanish. Many Mayan ...
As I've mentioned before, Chiapas has a huge indigenous population. There are several different indigenous groups - all with their own different languages, costumes and customs - in the various mountain towns and villages surrounding San Cristobal de las Casas.
Zinacantán is one such town. It's full name is San Lorenzo de Zinacantán - San Lorenzo being the patron saint of Zinacantan ...
... 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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