San Cristobal de Las Casas
This is a colonial city, founded by the Spanish in 1528. The
Catholic Cathedral above was rebuilt in 1693. San Cristobal
has markets for the Maya and tourists. The city is surrounded
on all sides by a large number of traditional Mayan villages,
each with their own costumes and languages.
For the very brave a great many scary looking peppers are
offered for sale in the market. Also could not help noticing
that Coke is on the scene, apparently to relieve any distress
caused by the peppers. That is only a Gringo guess.
Each Mayan village has its own traditional costume, often different
for men and women. This doll models what women wear in a wool
garment made from black sheep. Men from this village wear a
large vest woven from the wool of white sheep. The doll is what
tourists might buy as a souvenir.
Truly amazing the variety of beans that can be bought at San
Cristobal's market. As a terrible shopper, I admire anyone
able to make an intelligent selection from so many choices.
If you have a high speed internet connection, watch the Intrepid
Berkeley Explorer's free travel video of this trip to Chiapas, Mexico
by clicking on Mayavision Dos ; The earlier Mayan Pyramids and
Mexico City video is at: Mayavision