SECOND TOUR TO CHIAPAS MEXICO
On our November tour to Chiapas for the Day of the Dead, we began with the Sumidero Canyon cruise en route to San Cristobal de Las Casas.
Again, the views of the river and the cliffs above were spectacular. This time of year, at the "Christmas Tree" site, the waterfall over the top of the green foliage
was making a misty descent.
We arrived in San Cristobal de las Casas early in the evening and settled into our hotels: the Holiday Inn Flamboyant and the Casa Mexicana. In one of the local restaurants,
we saw our first Day of the Dead altar.
The next day, we headed for Toniná where our guide Marco explained the history of this tallest Mayan Pyramid in Mexico.
FOR DAY OF THE DEAD
October 30 - November 4, 2009
Only Jim and Marco made it to the top of the pyramid as a light rain began to fall.
The next morning, the group headed for the indigenous village of Tinacantán where the women and children weave and then wear unique
purple and blue clothing. From there they also toured the villages of Chumula and El Romerillo.
The following day we visited the cemetery in San Cristobal where the tombs are built as small houses. Most had been decorated with fresh native flowers.
We also visited the Museum of Popular Culture of Chiapas with their special display of their Altar of the Dead of Zinacantán.
San Cristobal is full of many historic old churches such as the Templo de El Carmen.
Throughout the town were many displays honoring of the Day of the Dead. One evening several tour members attended the Palenque Roja performance telling an ancient Mayan legend.
The final evening of the tour, the group gathered for dinner at San Juan de Dios, an elegant restaurant, institute and art gallery.
A young woman was creating jewelery and many religious objects where on display including a baby Jesus on a pool table.
The group enjoyed a delicious dinner.
The last morning before returning to the airport was open to shop or relax in the Epifitas Garden.
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