Land of bats.
Zinancatan Chiapas Travel Blog› entry 2 of 7 › view all entries
Zinancatán is a very special little town located 18km. aprox. from San Cristóbal de las Casas. For getting there, you can go to the market in San Cristóbal and take a colectivo (a special shuttle) or you can pay for a tour in a travel agency for visiting this town and other touristic towns taking advantage of time and visiting several places same day. So we chose the tour for visiting first this town and then San Juan Chamula. The tour lasted aprox. 4 hours. and we payed for about $200 pesos which included the tour visiting and trying a bit the traditional food in the first town.
We left early morning at 8am. from San Cristóbal so first we made our way to Zinancatán which name means land of bats and comes from Náhuatl language.
This town is famous for a variety of traditional feasts, which basically are in charge of men. When we got to this town we first visited a traditional house and watched the way people make their food that consists on beans, tortillas, and some variety of chili, then we saw the way people make traditional clothing using a special loom. The principal colors for handcrafts we saw were dark colors such as black, navy blue, purple but even they use also brighter colors such as yellow, red and orange colors. The principal colors of people clothing is the dark colors contrasting with other Mexican hancrafts I have seen in central México.
Whilst walking on the quiet streets you can see people walking without any hurries, and women all ages are wearing traditional clothing. and sometimes performing some rites in the church. The patron saint is San Lorenzo whose feast day is August 10th. but this is a long celebration starting in Aug. 8th. and finishing in Aug. 10th.
The principal churches are San Cristóbal and San Sebastián church. Other important places to visit are Ik'alojov museum which exhibites Zinancateca culture that is based on traditional clothing, musical instruments, and pottery.
After a while in this town we made our way to the next stop in San Juan Chamula town, both are very close from eachother.