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Chiapas Photo Tours

Here at Magical Light Adventures, we are excited about our destinations in Latin America, but we are particularly excited about our Chiapas Photo Tours. It’s one of our favorite areas in Mexico for photography, culture and food, and we are sure you’ll agree after you visit the wonderful area.

Palenque archelogical site

Our tours will concentrate on visiting the Mayan archeological sites in the lower elevations of Chiapas and the vibrant highland cultures that surround San Cristóbal de las Casas.

In the northern part of the state, we love to visit the ancient Mayan ruins of Palenque, Yaxchilan and Bonampak. The area features exotic birds, butterflies, howler monkeys and, if you’re lucky, a glimpse of the scarlet macaw. On a misty, early morning boat ride up the Usumacinta River to Yaxchilan, with Guatemala to your right, your imagination will run wild thinking of the lives led in these amazing dwellings located in the remote jungle. Bonampak and Palenque are a bit more accessible, but no less interesting. We never cease to be amazed at the engineering and the craftsmanship that went into building these temples and living quarters.

visiting Yaxchilan Chiapas

mayan carvings in Bonampak

Leaving the sometimes humid lowlands behind, we drive through the mountains to our favorite city in Mexico, San Cristóbal, Chiapas. Founded in 1528, it is one of the best preserved colonial cities in the country. Located in a mountain valley ringed by pine-tree covered hills, we are always captivated by the narrow cobblestone streets, the brightly painted facades and the fabulous open air markets.

San Cristobal produce market

The markets are overflowing with produce and meats from the surrounding farmlands, as well as from other regions of Mexico. The many distinct indigenous groups that live in the outlying pueblos bring their vibrant crafts and tapestries to markets and shops throughout the city, creating a kaleidoscope of color that will make any photographer giddy. We are particularly fond of the textiles from Zinacantan, which are influenced by the flowers grown in the local greenhouses.

hand woven skirts from Chiapas

Often, there is live music in the zocalo and it’s nearly impossible to walk more than 20 meters without passing a cafe or a chocolate shop. No wonder, since Chiapas produces nearly 60% of Mexico’s coffee and it is the second largest producer of cacao, the raw ingredient for chocolate.

Chiapas latte art

We like visiting during normal times (no festival), but visiting during a festival is special. The largest celebration is for the Virgin de Guadalupe during December, but the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations are special, too. We’re excited to include a workshop for this festival and you can read about it here.

Church of Virgin de Guadalupe

All of these things are a magical mix for the senses and feed our photographer’s souls. They are what we yearn for when we are sitting on the beach drinking a margarita and talking about where we want to go next. We hope you can join us so we can show you why our answer to that question is “Chiapas!”.

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