Chiapas is a unique place to visit. It is the most indigenously occupied state in Mexico. More like Guatemala to me then Mexico. If I'm not mistaken our guide said over 60% of the inhabitants are
indigenous peoples - Mayan in great numbers. They are a proud, fierce and beautiful people.
For me, being among the indigenous was the purpose of my moving to Mexico. That is probably
why Michoacan, Chiapas, Oaxaca and the area around Creel where the Tarahumara live are my
Chiapas is pristinely beautiful. Posted today are eight photos out of 223. These are my favorites.
Above is one photo of Palenque. Humid and hot and at an altitude of 60 meters, we were lucky that
it was a slightly overcast day and our group was just about the only people at the site!
I'll write a post, just on Palenque next, but wanted to share the above photo as one of my favorites.
swam for a while before we had lunch in one of the many palapa restaurants on the grounds.
The above photo was taken at an overlook just outside Ocosingo. We were climbing by this time out of the jungles of the Lancondon peoples and had passed Tonina, another archaeological site. We were leaving behind the humidity and heat.
and is on display at NaBalom which I will write about in another post. The people who lived at Na Balom, Trudy and Frans, are responsible for the discovery of the Lacondon peoples and saving them from extinction. Their story and lives are very intertwined with Palenque and the peoples of the jungle.
was taken in Chiapa de Corzo, altitude 420 meters, which was our last stop before heading home. This was the view outside the room. The gardens at the hotel were extraordinary. A post about our adventures there will be forthcoming.
of the most spectacular sights of nature in Mexico. When I tell you about our adventure on this river, you
will have a chuckle.
For me it was an arduous trip this time. The various elevations along with lots of walking caused me to
realize that my days of being an intrepid traveler may be slowing down. It certainly was a beautiful way
to end this chapter of travel, to put it mildly.
IF you ever get a chance to go to Chiapas, GO! As I tell you some of the intimate details of our adventures, you'll get more of the flavor of this area. A place like no other.