Parachicos of Chiapa de Corzo

Parachicos of Chiapa de Corzo

There’s obviously a fiesta going on in Chiapa de Corzo. The booths and rides are set up, although not attended since it’s the middle of the day. Tonight, however, there will be revelry and flashing lights. Chiapa de Corzo is the oldest town in Chiapas, founded in the 1500’s by the Spanish and deserted later when the heat drove them farther into the hills where they founded what is now called San Cristóbal de Las Casas. It’s a beautiful town with a lovely center square. Like most towns, Chiapa de Corzo celebrates the feast of their patron...
San Cristóbal – Pueblo Mágico

San Cristóbal – Pueblo Mágico

The first question people invariably ask expatriates is, “So, why did you decide to move to San Cristóbal?” And the typical answer is, “We just fell in love with it.” Our first glimpse of San Cristóbal de Las Casas was a small black and white photo in the Lonely Planet Guide to Mexico. Not a glamorous shot, but we thought it looked a bit like Boulder, Colorado…mountains in the background, pine trees, narrow streets. Since we had lived in Denver and had spent time in Boulder, we were enamored with the idea of green hills and...
The Crocs of Sumidero Canyon

The Crocs of Sumidero Canyon

Birds and Monkeys and Crocs, Oh My! Having spent three years in Suriname where I took long rides up and down beautiful jungle rivers in 10-person dugout canoes, I thought that the river trip through Sumidero Canyon would be rather ho-hum.  Not so! This is a must adventure… Massive cliffs rise 100-1,000 meters, made more dramatic by the twists and turns and narrow passageways.  The canyon lies on a geological fault line that 35 million years ago experienced one or more earthquakes  causing this massive fissure.  Earthquakes plus eons of water erosion have carved...
The Ruins of Tonina

The Ruins of Tonina

The ruins of Tonina lie approximately two hours from La Joya Hotel San Cristóbal, at the end of a beautiful drive through hills and pastures. Tonina offers a unique opportunity to explore Maya history quietly, and often alone, without throngs of tourists and souvenir vendors. Because the original buildings were constructed with small rocks that climb a steep hill, the ruins are not considered a true pyramid but a series of seven terraces. These terraces rise 71 meters and face south to views of rich farmlands and distant mountains. Most of Tonina’s structures...
The Flowers of Zinacantan

The Flowers of Zinacantan

San Lorenzo Zinacantan lies below the high road that sweeps down into the valley. When I first saw the tops of the long white greenhouses, I wondered where the flowers traveled to from this little place in the clouds. Now I know that flowers under plastic just begin to describe the role that nature plays in the life of this Tzotzil community, only thirty minutes from La Joya Hotel in San Cristóbal de Las Casas. The people of Zinacantan embrace their passion for flowers in their clothing and in their churches and cemeteries. Walking in the town during a fiesta is...