Spotlight: Chiapas, Mexico

Mexico is one of those places that offers so many different types of environments it can be considered a wonderful vacation spot for anyone.  Let’s take a look at the wonderful city of Chiapas, Mexico.

The skinny:

Multi-cultural Chiapas is home to 12 of the 62 indigenous groups officially recognized by the Mexican government. This means that it is a state that boasts a strong concentration of indigenous traditions that coexist harmoniously with old Spanish ways introduced by the Conquistadors and contemporary Mexican customs, as well as with ideas of its many visitors and foreign residents.

As far as traditions go, Chiapas boasts festivals that combine indigenous beliefs with the avant garde culture typical of contemporary Mexico. It is a state in which the past is seen, felt, lived and tested out in a cosmopolitan environment noted for its magnificent structures and breathtaking ecosystems.

Chiapas is an ideal place for hiking, rappelling, zip-lining, whitewater rafting, mountain biking, camping, boating excursions, rock climbing and other outdoor activities.


Things to do: 

Meet the Tzotzil Maya

San Juan Chamula, a small town located 10 km (6 miles) northwest of San Cristobal de las Casas, is home to a fiercely independent Tzotzil community. The Tzotzil Maya are one of the largest indigenous groups in Chiapas, making up roughly one third of the state’s indigenous population.

San Juan Chamula is one of several Tzotzil communities located in the highland towns outside San Cristobal and one of three Tzotzil districts that together comprise the group’s ceremonial center. The town also serves as the main hub of religion and commerce for the Tzotzil Maya in Chiapas.


Let’s eat:

Chiapas food is a delectable blend of indigenous and Spanish influences. The regional cuisine in and around San Cristobal, Chiapas differs from the cuisine in other parts of Mexico. In San Cristobal you’ll find a variety of beef, pork and chicken dishes prepared with local herbs and seasonings and often using less chili pepper than in other regions of the country.

San Cristobal offers some of the best dining options in the state where you’ll have your choice of restaurants serving up a mix of tantalizing traditional Mexican and international cuisines.

Regional specialties include tasajo (thinly sliced beef marinated in an achiote chili sauce), chicken with mole (sauce prepared with chili peppers, spices and chocolate) and pork with pipian (pumpkin seed sauce). Local artisanal cheeses are produced in the town of Ocosingo and seafood and dried shrimp are common in towns and villages located out along the coast.

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Check out this video for more information regarding Chiapas, Mexico. It really is a great place for everyone.

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