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Palenque's Archaeological Site View, Chiapas State, Mexico
Palenque's Archaeological Site View, Chiapas State, Mexico

Chiapas State Side A and B

Chiapas State Side A and B Chapter 01

 

Destinations’ Analysis by Franco Magno

 

It was wonderful. I remember very well the day I first set foot in Chiapas state. I really couldn’t give credit to these excellent elements’ conjugation, which everybody can admire in these fascinating lands. Chiapas has it all.

From the exuberant nature to the vast and imposing vestiges left by the ancestral Maya culture, Chiapas is truly a banquet of wonderful sensations to the senses.

Don’t let me lie. You can see it by yourself.

Agua Azul Waterfalls View, Chiapas State, Mexico
Agua Azul Waterfalls View, Chiapas State, Mexico

When you visit the San Cristóbal de las Casas magical village, you’ll prove how many foreigners have claimed this amazing setting as their home.

Is that because of its charming views? Because of its wonderful culture, art, or history?

Something is sure here. Chiapas will catch your senses un such ways that you’ll be raising your hands to say: “I’ll be back!”

Let’s go then to the Magno side A and B of Chiapas state.

 

Side A

 

San Cristóbal de las Casas. Chiapas has many sides A, and one of them is San Cristóbal de las Casas. Additionally, one of the many San Cristóbal de las Casas sides A is undoubtedly its Historic Center.

Walking on those small cobblestone streets and admiring exponents of beautiful colonial architecture that tell you visual stories about times gone by.

The social and cultural richness of this idyllic region of Chiapas bequeathed the humankind these treasures that now you can enjoy will ask for your permanent attention again and again while you stay here.

Art and culture have also claimed their own space in this beautiful, magical Mexican village.

From the beautiful cathedral of San Cristóbal de las Casas located in the Historic Center, through the former convent of “El Carmen,” the convent of “Santo Domingo de Guzmán” and the convent of “San Francisco,” everything will stun you.

Indeed, San Cristóbal, which is already a fantastic destination, takes on a genuinely different ambiance for all those festivities that occur at different times of the year.

This last statement is another of the sides A. The festival of San Cristóbal, whose celebration is in July, wraps the village up in a thousand colors, music, art, and culture that no other Chiapas’ village does in July.

Palenque's Archaeological Site View, Chiapas State, Mexico
Palenque’s Archaeological Site View, Chiapas State, Mexico

The international exhibition of amber is fantastic too. Let me remind you that Chiapas is a prominent producer of this fossil resin.

This natural resin sees its transformation into a thousand visually stunning master craftsmanship that Chiapas’ master crafters turn into marvelous masterpieces.

You also have there the unmissable celebrations for the Dead’s day in November, the ones of the “Semana Santa” (Holy Week) in April, and the festivities to the “Virgen of Guadalupe “in December.

Without forgetting mentioning the popular Catholic saint’s festivities that also complement the celebrations’ horizon. As you can see, fiesta and more fiesta.

 

Side B

 

So much beauty has a price to pay. Nothing to cry about. It’s nothing to panic about. I’m talking about the so-called “courtesy fines.”

Generally, during the holiday season and due to the massive arrival of both national and foreign visitors, the municipal traffic authorities try to put some order into the streets’ traffic of this magical village, which by the way, those streets weren’t designed for contemporary vehicles.

The so-called “courtesy fines” don’t involve the payment of any fine or ticket, or imprisonment at the municipal jail or worse, the car’s confiscation by the authorities.

The Cañón del Sumidero View, Chiapas State, Mexico
The Cañón del Sumidero View, Chiapas State, Mexico

They consist of traffic officers inviting visitors who travel through San Cristóbal de las Casas by car to park in the appropriate places when for some reason, tourists do so in places where a driver cannot park at all.

Don’t make it wrong, my Magno friends, please.

It’s just a matter of trying to bring some order to the majestic Historic Center of San Cristóbal de las Casas.

This Historical Center was designed in the Mexican colonial era for horses and carriages transit, not for four or six-cylinder machines.

 

The Magno Recommendation:

 

Renting a car to move around the different vacation destinations in Chiapas is a must. However, take into account that the Historic Centers of some cities and especially some little villages like, in this case, San Cristóbal de las Casas, become crowded during the vacation seasons.

So, if you were thinking of driving through the Historic Centers by car, I sincerely recommend you to park your car in one of the several public parking lots that all Mexican cities and villages have around the first squares’ streets.

San Cristóbal de las Casas is truly a visual delight, an experience for all those explorers who are really thirsty to find those colors, those images, those people who live by tradition, and original customs. By the pride of knowing that they are heirs to a historic and cultural tradition that gives them a very broad sense of identity.

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