Part 2 : January Journey to Chiapas

Stay tuned ! 聽 聽(Above, a textile item from the textile museum in San Crist贸bal de las Casas.)

Chiapas Slideshow

Thanks to fellow traveler Ann, who is a teacher-educator specializing in literacy issues near Santa Barbara, we’ve now got an update of our Chiapas tour with Marina Aguirre. 聽It will play as a slideshow from聽the cloud. 聽After聽clicking the boldfaced line above, double-click the smaller聽word Chiapas聽in the panel which next appears. 聽Be patient, as it may take a short while to download. 聽You may then need to click the word PLAY. 聽Click聽RETURNto see each new slide. 聽(No audio.)

NOTE: Part One may be found here.

 

Ascending Mexico’s highlands: Part One. Subiendo el altiplano: Parte Uno.

Stone heads of La Venta聽. The Olmecs. 聽(Walker is well-behind 20-ton sculpture)

We’ve just returned from a wonderful trip, commencing at the Gulf of Mexico, near Villahermosa, gradually moving upland to about 7000 feet, at San Crist贸bal de las Casas, in Chiapas 鈥 the southern-most state. 聽

Up front, I want to tell readers what a peaceful experience we’ve had, living and traveling in Mexico. 聽Yes, all countries have violence. 聽(Look at daily聽mass-shootings, of four-or-more victims in schools and churches in US, and compare that to cartel corpses hanging from bridges in Mexico 鈥 along with some violent robberies 鈥 asking which is worse 鈥 not that anyone wishes to compete in these categories!) 聽O, may equality of opportunity come soon, to both lands!AMEN.聽

From the sculpture park at La Venta, our attentive and thorough tour-guide, Marina Aguirre, took us to the Lacandon jungle where a small number of Mayan families have governed the jungle, and retained many of their ancient cultural practices. 聽We stayed at a welcoming but modest inn, called TOP CHE聽run by one of these families, and we also visited nearby ruins on the mighty Usumacinta River, by boat, not by “rafting”.

TOP CHE Camp, Lacandon jungle

Grandfather Enrique, & clan : grandaughter Top Che, biggest smile, back row.

River boat, to Yaxchil谩n ruins.

Our sturdy, steady, river pilot 鈥揾e looks like a La Venta head! no?

Marina addresses group of 17 at entry of protective maze to Yaxchil谩n.

Great mound & stele, along “superhighway” of river.

More to come, in Part Two : Palenque, and San Crist贸bal de las Casas.