Magno Travel Insights for the Chiapas State
Hi, Magno readers! The Magno Insights are some of the learnings I’ve come to after 25 years of traveling experience in Mexico. By taking advantage of these inputs, you’ll go a little beyond on your trips in Mexico. Please take advantage of these recommendations that I consider useful for any kind of visitor.
So, some recommendations for the Chiapas state are:
* Determine the way you’ll approach the Chiapas state before you land in Chiapas. I mean, if you travel by yourself or on tour provided by an agency. I mention this as the first point because the Chiapas state is so complete and extensive in tourist attractions.
Chiapas is one of those states that, because of its geographical and social conditions, some of its tourism attractions present a certain degree of complication for visitors to arrive at them. Some of these points of interest might not be suitable for senior tourists or those requiring special care.
* Ask the locals for permission before taking any action. Politeness and manners never hurt. I’ve already mentioned this statement in several posts throughout this blog, and I will continue to do so.
When I ask for permission to locals on every one of my trips, this action has opened me doors and gained access to places and attractions not available to ordinary visitors.
Did you realize what I’m meaning? Chiapas is one of those places where local people in certain attractions and tourism places don’t welcome the fact that visitors just arrive and suddenly start to machine-gun everything with their camera’s shutter or smartphone.
* Make a simple but effective plan regarding transfer times when visiting points of interest located in the rainforest or places inside nature reserves.
Chiapas is an extensive state, and humid weather, along with rainy seasons make traveling by federal highways and state roads somewhat complicated in wet seasons.
* If you plan to rent a car and visit certain tourism attractions located by muddy roads, I recommend avoiding subcompact and compact cars. These automobiles aren’t designed for such conditions. Besides, you may be violating the car rental contract terms too. Please don’t say I did not warn you.
* Don’t forget to have a simple personal protection plan when you stay at Chiapas’ hotels. Why is this? Chiapas is a land where you can perceive some earthquakes from time to time.
Chiapas is one of Mexico’s states with the highest seismic activity. Keep it in mind so that you can evacuate your hotel rooms if you perceive a noticeable earthquake.
Fortunately, the earthquakes’ majority aren’t frequently noticeable or dangerous. It’s nothing about running away desperately. Every time I’ve been to this majestic state, I’ve sometimes felt how the ground “dances” a little bit. That’s it. I’m still here alive and kicking.
* Don’t forget to wear appropriate clothing if you plan to make travel transitions between several state regions. Chiapas has different, diverse climates types and environmental conditions between them.
The are several amazing attraction spots in Chiapas that allure hundreds of travelers.
These journeyers friends may overlook that, for example, moving from the region known as “Los Altos de Chiapas” with temperate and cold weather to the state’s shores with warm environments, causes sudden temperature changes. These weather switchings may impact traveler’s health, especially in the winter and spring.
* Don’t overlook the fact that sunscreen and insect repellent are essential if you visit rainforest areas.
* Seek basic safety advice from local inhabitants who manage and provide services at rainforest tourism attractions. Swimming is a tempting activity when you want to do it in natural pools or rivers which run inside Chiapas’ regions.
Why do I mention the previous point? Because some of these areas are crocodiles’ natural habitats. This way, it’s worth asking these people if you wouldn’t become saurians breakfast by enjoying the aquatic landscapes in the rainforest.
* Don’t you like to travel and soak up wherever you go? Then visit Chiapas from November to early May, when the rainy season’s absence facilitates your journeys.
* Another useful insider’s tip from a Mexican born traveler. Be very careful about how you relate to the local population.
In certain places such as the village of “San Juan Chamula,” you have to behave in some careful ways so that you don’t generate a social misunderstanding. For example, taking photos of “San Juan Chamula’s” church without asking for permission first to locals may take you to live a negative experience, and possibly receive a warning from these people.
On the other hand, some Chiapas state areas present social origin conflicts. These social happenings aren’t aimed at tourists, but you may run into one of them. Local media and travel warning are some useful ways to notice about these phenomena. You can also follow Magno’s social media for important information.
* Some Chiapas’ points of interest at environmental and historical places may present challenges for visitor’s access. This is because of these attractions’ geographical location. Some of them are accessible by walking. Some others are only accessible by horseback riding or some of them even by boat.
Let me give you the “Yaxchilán’s” example. It’s an ancient Maya archaeological site. This former Maya’s classic period historical zone is a fascinating and moving place. However, to access there, you have to take a boat on the “Usumacinta River” that takes you to the archaeological site.
* Sometimes your camera’s flash should hibernate. This recommendation is concerning to marveling your eyes with Pre-Hispanic era mural paintings. Amazing places like “Tajín” in Veracruz, “Cacaxtla” in Tlaxcala, “Teotihuacán” in the Estado de México, and of course, “Bonampak” site here in Chiapas, is a majestic privilege you have to live once in your life.
This way, mural paintings, like the ones here in Bonampak, aren’t powered by camera flash firing. In most of Mexico’s archaeological areas, the advice is not to use a camera flash in sensitive areas.
However, if there’s no visible warning there, your enhanced perception will be greatly appreciated by keeping the flash stored inside your camera. Thank you very much, Magno friends.
* Do you want to save some money visiting Chiapa’s tourism attractions Chiapas? That’s perfectly possible.
However, the unforeseen expenses specter will always want to haunt you when you visit this formidable state. My recommendation here is the following one. You can bargain on shopping at certain places where you don’t evidently hurt the people-in-need economy or the economy of all those locals who show signs of making a hard-living.
* Are you hungry in Chiapas? Sure, it’s very natural. Chiapas offers you many options to taste delicacies. It’s common to see street vendors offering various “cravings” and take-away and consume elsewhere food wherever you go.
In the spring and summer, you must take special care with food handling safety. Why is this? In some Chiapas’ coastal regions, hot weather is mostly present all year long. The risk of consuming spoiled food is another ghost that can cause illnesses, which frequently haunts visitors (and locals too).
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