Blogs from Comitan de Dominguez, Comitán de Domínguez, Chiapas, Mexico, North America


Tonina: the so-called Mayan Sci-Fi City??? Tonina is about a two hour drive from either San Cristobal de las Casas or Palenque in the state of Chiapas. The site is easy to locate, there are places to stop along the way for drinks and food, and part of the drive is through a cloud forest. Tonina is situated in the middle of a functioning cattle ranch. When we arrived the ranchers drove cattle through the lot where we were parked. The landscape here is very scenic, surrounded by valleys and mountains. The site is one of the larger of the Mayan ruin sites; the main palace is simply enormous and the setting is beautiful. Tonina was inhabited from circa 300 to 1000 Common Era. The city competed with Palenque for control of trade between the Peten ... read more
Tonina Cattle Drive
Tonina Main Palace
Tonina Frieze

Buenos dias a tod@s, Well, this will be my final blog of this great adventure. Yesterday I printed my final paper and tomorrow I will do my presentation to the group. I will arrive back in Seattle on Wed May 23 in the evening. I'm going to relax for about a week and then I'll start my summer internship with Farestart ( I'll be living with my friend Meredith in Greenwood. Looking forward to a sunny seattle summer- lots of hiking, reading, working at farestart, and enjoying time with friends and family. I want to thank all of you for being so supportive of and interested in my travels this year. Your comments and emails have made me smile and be grateful to have such a wonderful circle of friends, family, and aquaintances. This blog ... read more
Colored areas signify Economía Solidaria program region of microcredit coverage
José García, Coordinator Edupaz
Javier Inda, Coordinator Economía Solidaria

hello from maggie's world! (sorry cameron. yes, i did copy and paste this from the email I sent you yesterday. hope you'll forgive me) well, here i am in a town called Comitan. yep, i abandoned San Cristobal because it just wasnt working out there and here everything just seemed to fall into place. i am doing my 1 month independent study project with an organization called Educacion para la paz (Edupaz) and in particular about their Economia Solidaria program which gives microcredit loans to small cooperatives and groups. So far i've interviewed an ecotourism cooperative, a coffee cooperative , a carpintry group, a family with a chicken farm, two women with clothing sales businesses, and a man with a wood purchase/sale business - all groups that have received EDUPAZ microcredit loans. so many interesting ... read more
indigenous ceremony
workshop group hanging out on lake beach

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