Chiapas is the state of greatest biodiversity in Mexico and one of the most beautiful. Here we can meet the Lacandones, one of the most reserved Mayan ethnic groups.
The Lacandones is one of the Mayan ethnic groups that together with the Tzotzil, Tzeltal and Chol inhabits this vast jungle. The Lacandon community barely exceeds the 500 inhabitants, the villages of Metzabok, Naha, Bethel and Lacanjá Chansayab They are the most settled. In these towns a tourism supported by the local Lacandones has been developed: you can find basic lodgings, guides that offer hikes through the jungle and restaurants with local food. The town of Lacanja Chansayab He is the one who offers the greatest services.
En Lacanjá Chansayab, very close to the archaeological zone of Bonampak, known for his paintings, many Lacandones are dedicated to tourism today. In their own land they have built cabins to welcome the traveler who arrives here. Some men offer themselves as guides in the different and interesting proposals of Hiking what are you offering. Some women sell handicrafts in the village and dedicate themselves to cooking in the premises.
The Lacandon Maya
The lacandones they have been losing the values of the group accelerated by the contact with the foreigner. It has happened to most people, more or less hastily and under more or less injustice. This is a big difference for the healthy development of the people, and the Mayan people are not those who have left very well unemployed. The Spanish conquest it was a strong blow to the cultural development of the Mayan peoples.
The Maya Lacandon is an ethnic group that is characterized by their white robes, long hair and to stay more to the margin of the changes of the society that surrounds them. The Lacandons are reluctant to join with members of other ethnic groups, living more isolated than the rest. Contrary to what usually happens, it is man who has preserved his traditional clothing. It is true that many no longer use it, or only do so as a tourist claim rather than as a symbol of identity.
THE LACANDON JUNGLE
Sadly is getting lost is the knowledge about the jungle, the life he has and the life he gives. It is very nice to discover how some Lacandones know their environment and how they use it to make medicines, food, ornaments or hair shampoo. These ancestral treasures I am sure it is good to keep them, without any doubt. It must be that in all times and diverse cultures we believe that our grandparents' is very old and does not work, then we run to keep it. Law of life?
It is likely that on your walk through the jungle the sounds of howler monkeys will accompany you. After crossing some other river, it is fascinating when you find traces of Mayan cities devoured by this jungle. Without noticing you stop climbing small hills to climb pyramids swallowed by the vegetation, incredible. They say that there is a tunnel that runs underground about 4 km, which leads to the archaeological zone of Bonampak.
HOW TO GO TO LACANJÁ CHANSAYAB
There are not many travelers who arrive for free until here, it is not like Palenque. Yaxchilan and the Lacandon jungle preserve that tranquility that many of us look for.
- WITH AGENCY: there are different Palenque agencies and some in San Cristobal de las Casas that offer trips to the Lacandon jungle
- FOR FREE: to Lacanjá, collective transport arrives from Palenque (3 hours). You must get off at the San Javier crossing, the driver helps you. From here collective taxis pass to Lacanjá Chansayab (about 4 km).
It's a good idea to stay to sleep in Lacanjá Chansayab and savor the peaceful life of a place where you will not be surrounded by the usual for you. Enjoy the difference and the opportunity to live different places than yours. Take advantage of trips as opportunities to get out of our routines.
Lacanjá Chansayab, natureLOCATION: Lacanjá Chansayab It is located near Frontera Corozal (border point with Guatemala), in the Lacandon jungle. From Palenque there are 3 almost road hours.
HOW TO GET IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION? A collective transport from Palenque arrives at Lacanjá (3 hours). You must get off at the intersection of San Javier, the driver knows. From here collective taxis pass to Lacanjá Chansayab (about 4 km). Excursions from Palenque: sell tours to visit Bonampak y Yaxchilan, with a night of lodging in Lacanjá (about 1500 mxn).
ACCOMMODATIONS: There are several basic cabins where you can stay to sleep in Lacanjá Chansayab
EXCURSIONS FROM LACANJÁ: the guides in the village offer different excursions through the jungle: 2 hours, 5 hours, overnight in the lagoon. You can choose the one that suits you best.
WHAT TO BRING? Light and light clothing, hat, insect repellent, sunscreen, closed shoes (you are in the jungle and there are many bugs, protect yourself). Do not forget the swimsuit.
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