San Cristobal de las Casas

San Cristobal de las Casas

Church of Santa Lucia, San Cristobal de las Casas

Church of Santa Lucia, San Cristobal de las Casas

San Cristobal de las Casas

San Cristobal de las Casas

Palenque

Palenque

Palenque

Palenque

Palenque

Palenque

Markus, Cheba, San Cristobal de las Casas

Markus, Cheba, San Cristobal de las Casas

San Cristobal de las Casas

San Cristobal de las Casas

San Cristobal de las Casas

San Cristobal de las Casas

San Cristobal de las Casas

San Cristobal de las Casas

San Cristobal de las Casas

San Cristobal de las Casas

San Cristobal de las Casas

San Cristobal de las Casas

Mexico

Chiapas

New Year's Eve 2015 • Pushed all the way to San Cristobal de las Casas, near the Guatemalan border, expecting some sort of primer on the Zapatista movement but instead got a master class in all-night partying and the durability of the hippie trail. A side trip to the Mayan ruins at Palenque also played with expectations. Met Nadia during a day-long downpour that made it difficult to take photos or even stay upright on the wet stone. She's a migrant-rights activist whose CV includes stints at big NGOs and the Mexican parliament, so her reasons for being in Chiapas were neither tourist nor Zapatista. We met up later at the bus station, where she intervened with police who were trying to detain a couple of young men. I thought maybe they'd shoplifted something, but Nadia said their only crime was "looking Guatemalan." Using a point-and-shoot camera to document the Migra doing their job, she made sure the two men weren't loaded into the van waiting outside. The irony of this going down in Palenque—targeting the descendants of people who actually built this lucrative Mayan theme park—was fuel for a long conversation over dinner (and fire twirling) at the hippie jungle enclave in Panchan.

San Cristobal de las Casas

San Cristobal de las Casas

Church of Santa Lucia, San Cristobal de las Casas

Church of Santa Lucia, San Cristobal de las Casas

San Cristobal de las Casas

San Cristobal de las Casas

Palenque

Palenque

Palenque

Palenque

Palenque

Palenque

Markus, Cheba, San Cristobal de las Casas

Markus, Cheba, San Cristobal de las Casas

San Cristobal de las Casas

San Cristobal de las Casas

San Cristobal de las Casas

San Cristobal de las Casas

San Cristobal de las Casas

San Cristobal de las Casas

San Cristobal de las Casas

San Cristobal de las Casas

San Cristobal de las Casas

San Cristobal de las Casas