Kolabal!!! San Cristóbal de las Casas


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Published: March 21st 2010
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We left San Cristóbal more informed people than when we arrived. We were motivated to go to San Cristóbal because we wanted to see the state of Chiapas and the obvious draw of the Zapatistas. We had also heard that San Cristóbal was an amazing town. It was everything we expected it to be and more. We stayed in the best hostel we had stayed at in all of Mexico. Le Gite Del Sol, Posada Bed and Breakfast was amazing! We arrived into town on an OCC overnite bus around 6:30am and the French Canadian owner was up and waiting for us at the hostel gate. A delicious home cooked breakfast every morning was included in the cost.
During our brief stay in San Cristóbal we visited the Museum of Maya Medicine where we learned all about traditional Mayan healing that is still very alive and practiced today in Mexico. We also frequented El Puente Cinema every night at 7pm where we saw films on Che Guevara, Zapatistas, the Chiapas Rainforest, and Emiliano Zapata. We took a boat tour through the Cañón del Sumidero. We visited the town of Chiapa de Corzo. We took an eye opening tour to autonomous mayan villages San Juan Chamula and San Lorenzo Zinacantán with Alex y Raul tours and learned about indigenous lifestyle and struggle. And we wandered around San Cristóbal the rest of the time.
We loved the city and had a great time learning so many new things.

Kolabal=thank you in tsotsi language...Kolabal San Cristóbal!


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