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Friday, 01 July 2011

Volunteering in Chiapas - Page 2

Written by Celine Massa
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I left after taking part in a successful recycling campaign launch but most importantly, having shared some experiences, stories and knowledge with local communities in Chiapas – a definite gift in itself.

The one word of advice I have to give to anyone visiting this gorgeous state is to try and support local communities through everything that you participate in. Many do not have a reliable income and have suffered much abuse by being the original owners of the land. By choosing eco-tourism, you will be choosing to support local communities and the environment instead of exploitation and multinationals.

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Chiapas is unique travel experience where you can delve into the jungle, discover ancient Mayan cities deep in the heart of nature, experience amazing natural waterfalls, lakes and mountains, learn about indigenous culture and traditions as well the fascinating social/political situation.

You can find out more information by going to: - official government website on Chiapas - Indigenous Tourism Network of Mexico (in Spanish) - The official Zapatista website

Particular places of interest:
- Palenque – Large Mayan ruins site – big tourist attraction
- Yaxchilan – Mayan ruins set deep into the jungle – amazing!
- San Cristobal – Cultural capital of Chiapas
- Chamula – Village near San Cristobal that has a famous church which combines traditional indigenous ceremonies and shaman rituals
- Agua Azul – A group of magical waterfalls in a small village 2 ½ hours near Palenque or San Cristobal
- Misol-Ha – One frighteningly big waterfall that you can swim in
- Sumidero Canyon – By boat, 1 ½ hours from San Cristobal
-  Lagunas de Montebello National Park

©Celine Massa

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