Zinacantan & Chamula, Chiapas, Mexico
Both of these Tzotzil villages can be visited by local bus and are worth the trip. It's a small uphill climb on
narrow roads; the buses will street vendors. The buses (which are really small vans) run when they are full so
be prepared to wait for your trip. Generally, the wait is no longer than 20 minutes.

Each village has their own local costumes that highly distinctive. It's a way for them to identify each other and
their significant village location. The men from San Juan Chamula wear homespun tunics of white wool while
the women wear white or blue blouses and woollen skirts. The men of Zinacantan have pink tunics with bright
floral embroidery and round, flat hats. The women wear pink or purple embroidered shawls over embroidered
blouses. During our trips to the market we saw several other people dressed in a  variety of color...beautiful.
The women and girls have long,thick,  shiny black hair. Most of them wear it to their waist in a braid.

Regardless of tribe or location,these people dislike and avoid having their photos taken. Any photos that we
took were either granted by an individual or were framed as a general photo of an specific area.  

These tribes are very religious and have unique practices. In San Juan Chamula this includes worshipers
kneeling with their faces to the pine needle floor while surrounded by burning incense and candles. Chamulans
consider San Juan Bautista (St. John the Baptist) above Christ; his image is the one that take precedence in the
church. San Lorenzo Zinacantan offer pine branches and geraniums in their rituals. Photography is forbidden
inside their churches and are punishable by jail sentence.

Each village has a weekly market where they sell their handmade crafts including textiles and  jewelry, fresh
produce and meats/poultry.
The people are extremely poor and keep to themselves. They strive to maintain ancient traditions while
adapting to the tourism from the outside world.
Kids are the same world round.
Fresh popcorn. Popped in a kettle on a charcoal fire.
Zinacantan's most productive product is fresh
After we bought four handmade dolls this seller agreed
to a picture with Bridge.
Guys just wanna 'hang out'.
Each village has it's own distinctive dress.
Chamula's world famous church.
Traditional garb in Chamula.
We bought some beautifully embroidered table
linen from this young lady. The skirt is sheep hide
with fur.
The remains of an old Spanish church in
This lad was mighty proud of his lamb.
Every Sunday there is a bazaar at the
Chamula zocalo(plaza).
Some of the hand loomed linens for sale in the villages.
Most of the indigenous people  hide their faces
when a camera is present. This young albino
woman was no exception
selling it. You can bet John got his fair share!