Day of the Dead – Chiapas
We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Chiapas in October, which ended with our first Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) Photo Tour. We had four enthusiastic students who fell in love with the food, the city of San Cristóbal de las Casas and, of course, the kind people of Chiapas.
In Chiapas, the Day of the Dead celebrations have not been discovered by tourists, like they have in several locations in Mexico, which is one of the reasons we decided to offer a photo tour here. Because of this, our group had a very real and authentic experience during our week, visiting villages, photographing the cemeteries and spending time with families. In addition to making photographs of our travels, they were able to meet local people, learn about their lives on coffee plantations, or in villages where weaving textiles is the main skill and business.
We started the week by visiting the Sunday market in San Juan Chamula. Then during the busy week we did a walking tour of historic San Cristóbal de las Casas, followed by visits to a family in the coffee business, cemeteries and the historic center of San Cristóbal for the kids dressing up for Halloween/Dia de los Muertos.
The week was enhanced by our affable and knowledgeable guide, Patrick. His familiarity with local customs, local and national history and how they are connected, made an impression on all of us. His contribution to the photo tour was immeasurable and we look forward to working with him again next year.
We spent some of our afternoons with editing and critique sessions and loved watching each photographer improve through the week. Our lunches and dinners together included two lunches with the families we visited (yummm, fresh chicken, soup, quesadillas, fresh salsa and real hand-made tortillas), plus meals at some of the more interesting restaurants in San Cristóbal, including: Belil, Achiote, El Cau, Trattoria Italiana and Trattoria Catanzaro. Early morning departures were fortified by exquisite coffee from Carajillo Cafe and pastries from Oh La La.
We (Jennifer and I and the four photographers) produced a book on our week in Chiapas. We’ll post photos by the students in the next couple of weeks. Like our Facebook page for notice of the post.
Enjoy a few of our photos from our Chiapas Photo Tour.