Guest writer Patricia Ferrer shares her voluntourism experiences in Mexico's San Cristóbal de Las Casas, working with "big man" Sergio Castro, known by locals as “heroe de Chiapas.” Don Sergio is a humanitarian, an ethnologist, a collector of Maya costumes, textile and artifacts, museum curator and a polyglot. Patricia takes us on his life journey, diving into the history and culture of many of the villages in which he has positively impacted.
Danza de los Voladores or Dance of the Flyers, is an ancient Mesoamerican ritual still performed today. According to one myth, the ritual was created to ask the gods to end a severe drought. This group is from Papantla in Veracruz, which is considered the epicenter of this ancient art form. Danza de los Voladores was named an item of Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 2009.
The Yucatan state of Mexico is famous for the waters of its Mayan Riveria and Mayan ruins like Tulum and Chichen Itza but its 3,000 cenotes offer a magical way to cool off and access Mayan mystery. Take the plunge into the turquoise pools like Cenotes Yaax Ek, Zaci and Ik Kil, and immerse yourself in local culture and history!
In Mexico's Yucatan, near the ancient Mayan ruin of Chichen Itza, ancient rituals are still practiced by J'men, or shaman. In this revealing and inspiring interview, Mayan healer Jose Santos Tamay debunks myths about Mayan beliefs and offers insight on cultural and spiritual concepts that are both profound and exceedingly practical.
Mexico's state of Oaxaca is known for its colorful and vibrant arts scene with good reason! Meet father and son tradition-bearers Alberto Sánchez Garcia and Bëërt Sánchez Martinez from the village of Santa Ana del Valle. This powerful profile of sixth-and seventh-generation Zapotec weavers offers insight into their inspiration, creativity and process...as well as a moving story of a father's journey to provide a life, and a legacy, for his son.
The villagers of San Juan Chamula in Mexico's Chiapas Highlands are skilled textile artists and practice a faith that that mixes Mayan mythology with Catholic tradition. Get a virtual introduction to Chamulan beliefs, which include a strong commitment to community service & tradition that considers pine to have sacred properties. Saint John the Baptist church is a spiritual home for the devoted residents who put no price tag on their beliefs. Travel opens our eyes to both the cultural differences between us and others, as well as the bond of human connection.
Who is that masked man? Join the celebration of Chiapa de Corzo’s Fiesta de Los Parachicos in Mexico, and find out who all the incognito revelers are & what they are celebrating! Enjoy the colorful costumes & ambiance of this gleeful festival, as well as the meaning behind the Parachicos tradition. Let BCD pass on insights about the historic and cultural reasons the exuberance of this Mestizo festival contrasts with the personal boundaries of many Mayans.
Catch a rehearsal by a youth group preparing for a concert at the Merida Music Museum. This Yucatecan piece is conducted by José Luis Chan Sabido, Director General y Artístico de la Vienna Music & Art Academy-Yucatán. Mérida is the vibrant capital of the Yucatán and has a rich Mayan and colonial heritage.
Experience Mexico's warm hospitality and see the faces of locals from all around the country, including Oaxaca, Santa Ana del Valle, San Bartolo Coyotepec, Teotitlán del Valle, San Cristobal, Amatenango del Valle, Chiapa de Corzo, San Juan Chamula, Zinacantan, Playa del Carmen, Tulum and Merida.