Chiapas Day of the Dead
While we expect to have several great photo experiences during our 2017 Day of the Dead Photo Tour in Chiapas, our visits to some of the small villages in the highlands near San Cristóbal will be special.
Our guide, Patricio, was born in this area and is the nephew of the late Archbishop of Chiapas, Jtatik Samuel. The Archbishop fought for the rights of all people, especially the oppressed (indigenous) people of the area. Patricio has many friends in these small communities, and they will make us welcome. Some of our private home visits will be just that – private. We don’t expect to have other tour buses out front, because we are not going to be on the tourist trail. Patricio will make sure of that.
We spent a wonderful afternoon with a family near San Juan Chamula while we were doing our research trip in March. One of our students shot nice photos of the family making lunch for us, as well as showing us their intricate textile work (you can see those at the end of this post). All we can say is bring plenty of pesos, because you won’t want to leave this village without one of beautiful works of art created by these Tzotzil women.
One of the other photography opportunities that we love in San Cristóbal occurs very early in the morning as the fog and mist still hang over the city. It’s a short walk from our hotel through the quiet streets to get to the food and crafts markets. There is a slight chill in the air as the market workers hurry about unloading trucks with fresh produce, and carrying bundles of crafts to the different stalls in the craft market.
San Cristóbal on a Saturday night offers many photo opportunities. There are street vendors, street performers, live music in the main plaza, and a steady parade of families and couples strolling the two pedestrian thoroughfares.
Once the light is gone and darkness descends, we usually find ourselves walking toward our favorite Spanish tapas bar or stopping for a few quick tacos al pastor. We hope you can join us for the food and the photos!
Here are a few of Mark’s photos of the family visit, the early streets of San Cristóbal, and street performers on a Saturday night.