Agua Azul, Mexico

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This series of waterfalls are located between Palenque and San Cristóbal de las Casas in Chiapas, southern Mexico.

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San Cristobal de las Casas

San Crisotabal

Chiapas, Mexico

Sumidero Canyon

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This was an awe-inspiring place in Chiapas, Mexico, and yet this is the only photo I have. Back in the old days before the digital revolution — prior to 2000, say — a backpacker had to carry all her photo gear — heavy lenses, big heavy cameras, film canisters, etc — and you had to wait before getting all your precious film developed — so I tended to be sparing about the photos I took. Look to this excellent blog for a hot-off-the-press photo essay about Sumidero Canyon.

Chamula’s unusual church

This “Catholic” church in Chamula, Chiapas, was unique in that the indigenous peoples had taken over the church, removed the Catholic presence and grafted their own spiritual beliefs onto it. For instance, we sat in on a service and watched a curandero (medicine man) slit the throat of a chicken.

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The altar was devoid of religious iconography and instead there were strings of coloured lights. Encased in glass displays running down both side walls were dusty, withered Spanish and Catholic figures. Photographs inside the church were strictly forbidden, on the point of death.

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Susy I Love You

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San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico