In the region of Oaxaca, Mexico, live the Zapotec people, who descend from the builders of magical archeological site Monte Alban, and who perpetuate their culture and language. This is a small market in the countryside near Oaxaca, except the last picture that features a Triqui woman.
People of Xocen, a traditional Mayan village in Yucatan, Mexico. This village played a key role in the Caste War (1847 – 1901), a revolt of native Mayan people against the population of European descent who held political and economic control of the region.
On the roads of the Yucatan peninsula, we discovered craftsmen, beautiful colonial villages and cenotes (natural pits exposing groundwater underneath, often sacred places in ancient Mayan culture).
From Calakmul to Palenque and Uxmal, we visited beautiful Mayan temples lying in the forest – and we also visited Chichen Itza, in a less pristine environment but its major temple remains a hit…
Local scenes at San Cristobal de las Casas and San Juan Chamula in the Southern state of Chiapas, Mexico. In this region are kept very alive the Mayan cultures of the Tzotzil and Tzeltal groups. We had the chance to witness celebrations in honor of the Guadalupe Virgin, in December.
What does your home tell about your culture? Here are a couple of homes we were invited in throughout the Yucatan peninsula. The man you see on one of the pictures is reading an 18th-century book about Mayan medicine, one of the most precious things he inherited from his Mayan grandpa.
After nearly two months in Colombia, meeting people and selling our home-car, we are now in Mexico ! To celebrate, here are some of our last encounters in Ecuador and Colombia. An incredible shaman, Taita Pedro Piaguje, who celebrated the full moon at Quillasinga village Jenoy, Colombia ; the Quechua women of Otavalo, Northern Ecuador, preparing jam and nuts ; a sad black panther and a boa from the Colombian Amazonia ; and the most exquisite chocolate from Quito, Ecuador.
This Andean road trip has been amazing, full of culture and incredible people all along the road. Thank you to everyone we met, to the ones who welcomed us in their houses full of guinea pigs, to the ones who played music in exchange of a couple of beers in the arid altiplano, and to the ones who where just curious about this couple living in a car in the nothingness of the Andes or Amazonia.
San Rafael is a small Quichua village that lies on the shores of the San Pablo lake, in Northern Ecuador. There, many families live on totora, a typical sort of reed that grows in all the Andean area. While Bolivians’ ancestors around the Titicaca lake used to make boats from it, the people of San Rafael still use it to make arts and crafts.
Here is what a traditional Kichwa house looks like. The Kichwas are a native people of the Ecuadorian Amazonia and they speak a language close to the Quichua, which is spoken in the mountains. They are also the only Ecuadorian-Amazonian people who master quality ceramics, which is a beautiful aspect of their arts and crafts.