In this trip through the mountains of the state of Chiapas, we will bring you close to the economic and social realities in which the majority of indigenous communities live. This will be done through encounters with different local groups (cooperatives, associations, NGOs, etc.). We will meet specialized Mayan artisans in ceramics and textile weaving, arts practiced since ancient times. We will taste great coffee with a coffee-growers cooperative that will share with us the secrets and challenges related to the cultivation of this plant. We will also visit a center for nature conservation and wild-life rescue that will allow us to get to know a novel eco-park whose projects include rainforest restoration and preservation, and rehabilitation of wild animals that have been victims of illegal hunting. We will approach an autonomous Zapatista community living in resistance who will talk to us about their struggle, the evolution of their armed movement to a pacific social movement, and how the Zapatista community lives today. The Zapatista Army for National Liberation (EZLN) rose up in arms against the federal government on the 1st of January 1994 demanding the rights and recognition of indigenous people of Mexico.

On this trip we will also visit some of the most beautiful spots in this region like: the beautiful Chiflón waterfall, the impressive and enigmatic archeological sites of Tenam Puente, Toniná and Palenque, all vestiges of the grandiose and surprising Mayan culture. Through encounters, talks, workshops and archeological visits, we will discover Chiapas, its people and its treasures in a different way.

Important information: This trip is subject to unforeseen changes, depending on the availability of the Zapatista communities as although some of them are open to talking about their movement and the Zapatista struggle, they do not do it with a commercial intention and they are not dedicated to the tourism industry. Their talks are not a designed itinerary, nor are they memorized speeches for the tourist. Our approaching them is based on a solidarity encounter and sympathy for the movement. For more information…