Magical Chiapas

San Cristobal de las Casas is one of the most picturesque cities in Mexico. Cobblestone streets, colorful churches, and a domineering cathedral are just a few of the architectural wonders that make San Cristobal de las Casas a must-visit destination.

Day of the Dead originated thousands of years ago in pre-Hispanic Mexico and has since been recognized by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The Aztec and Toltec people accepted death as a natural part of the circle of life, and instead of mourning the departed, kept their spirits alive through remembrance. While this constructive attitude towards death has indigenous roots, the observance days were aligned to the Catholic calendar on November 1st (All SaintsĀ“ Day) and 2nd (All SoulsĀ“ Day).


The sacred burial hill of El Romerillo is lined by tall blue crosses adorned with pine boughs and marigolds. Thousands of Tzotzil Chamula people come together to honor their departed in an uplifting festival with traditional music, food stalls and rides for the children. Families visit the simple graves and lay offerings of flowers, fruit, candles, incense, soft drinks and pox, a locally brewed corn liquor.