From the prologue of “Great Tourist Guide: Chiapas. The world of the Mayas, archeology, museums, cities and villages, jungle, ecotourism, beaches, gastronomy and tourist services.”

“Among the oldest prehistoric evidences in Chiapas there are stone tools that date back to over 14,000 years, found in the Teopisca-Agutenango region. Other findings, about 7,000 years old, belong to people who inhabited caves such as those at Ocozocoautla, Santa Marta. and at the canyon of La Venta River. In the latter, there are still some rupestrian paintings.

From historic times, there are many evidences from ancient Olmecs, who inhabited a vast area during the early Preclassic period (1200 BC). Most of these Olmec sites are not yet open to the public. However, if you visit Pijijiapan, you will be able to observe the Relief of the Soldiers, a monolith that was sculpted over 3200 years ago.

Other ancient settlements of the Preclassic period belonged to the Zoque culture, and among them stands Izapa in the Soconusco region. Izapa is a huge archeological site that should not be missed when you visit Tapachula, in southern Chiapas.

The Mayan People, with an origin yet unknown, built their great cities during the Classic period (300 to 900 AD) and prospered mainly on the lowlands of the Usamacinta River in what are the Mexican states of Chiapas and Tabasco, and Peten region in Guatemala. Consider visiting the Mayan-Nahua Postclassic settlements (900 to 1500) found near the Montebello Lakes, such as Chinkultic, Tenam Puente, and Lagartero.”

…After all the hustle and bustle of the week, Marcos took us all on a brief afternoon trip to Arconene… All the photos are loaded here on my Picasa Album.


Spanish Words of the Day: “cachetes, mejillas” cheeks | “colmena” beehive | “atinado” spot-on, sensible, wise