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Old 12-28-2012, 01:18 PM   #40
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San Cristobal de Las Casas

There are not too many interesting sights on the 2- day drive from Oaxaca to San Cristobal except several in the Valley itself.


Screen Shot 2012-11-08 at 4.52.18 PM by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

We decided on a visit to the Zapotec ruins at Mitla. The buildings are covered with mosaic patterns of stones. There are several tombs that you can climb down into. Much of the rock and other building materials were pillaged to build the Cathedral also located at the site. The huge one -piece door lintels were mined in the mountain near here and somehow transported here intact.


mitla ruins 4 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


mitla ruins 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
Mitla ruins by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


mitla ruins 3 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


mitla ruins 5 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Mitla cathedral by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

On Day 2 we set out early to beat the heat, but it was already 28 c at 8 am. Mid morning we ran into a road blockade caused by protesting taxi drivers. Luckily Daniel found a way for us to weave thru some of the cars, down into a ditch, and then off the road thru a construction site to bypass the road -block. There was a massive back up and we could have been help up there most or all of the day.


plate by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


taxi protest by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

The scenery here in Chiapis is spectacular. There are high mountain passes covered with green vines or cultivated with corn. The indigenous people here wear beautiful woven clothing.


Chiapis 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Chiapis by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Chiapis road by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


View above San Cristobal 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


local girl by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


San Cristobal de Las Casas is located in a region that is mostly made up of mountainous terrain, but the city itself sits in a small valley surrounded by hills. The cityís center maintains its Spanish colonial layout and much of its architecture, with red tile roofs, cobblestone streets and wrought iron balconies often with flowers. We enjoyed the several pedestrian only streets that criss-cross the downtown. There are a number of very nice bakery/cafes, restaurants, and bars to enjoy here. We had a hotel on the Zocolo so we were near all the action.


Dan Vina de Bacco by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Oh La La by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Oh La La 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


hotel by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


hotel view by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


hotel courtyard by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

This is a very colorful city from the buildings to the signage.


signs by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Guadaloupe 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


lilies by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

We walked up the long staircase to the Iglesia Guadaloupe and toured the main Cathedral as well.


Guadaloupe by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Iglasia Guadaloupe by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Iglasia Guadaloupe 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Iglasia Guadaloupe 4 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Iglasia Guadaloupe 3 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Cathedral by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Cathedral 4 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Cathedral 5 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
Cathedral 3 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Cathedral 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

Having breakfast on our first morning here there was a 7.4 earthquake to shake things up a bit.


breakfast by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

Exploring the mountain villages around the town we ended up in Zinacantan, which is know for itís beautiful weaving and the interesting fusion Catholic/indigenous church located there. We met a local man, Alan, who is about to set of riding his bike to Ushuaia too.


view above San Cristobal by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Zinacantan 4 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Zinacantan by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Zinacantan 3 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Zinacantan 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

Next we were off to visit San Juan Chamula, which is the site of the famous indigenous church with the pine needle floor. They believe that the camera can steel your sole and NO PHOTOS are allowed inside.


San Juan Chamula by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


We set off up a mountain road to end up in the remote village of San Andes Larrainzar where there are stunning panoramic views.


San Andes Larrainzar 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


San Andes Larrainzar 5 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


San Andes Larrainzar by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



San Andes Larrainzar 3 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


San Andes Larrainzar 6 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



San Andes Larrainzar 7 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


San Andes Larrainzar 4 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

Gas for sale up in the mountains.


San Juan Chamula 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
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