San Cristobal de Las Casas' Chiapas indigenous culture
Amid the lively bohemian atmosphere and cool highland air of San Cristobal, you’ll find the strong and invaluable Chiapas indigenous culture, whose traditional Mayan healing and medicine is now of great interest in complementing contemporary practice, as well as informing the pharmaceutical industry. You’ll learn the customs of the proud, knowledgeable and colourfully costumed Chiapas when visiting their hill villages and some of the most hotly contested land in Mexico. In the sprint for resources, indigenous land rights is a big issue in the region, particularly since mining and forestry may destroy its greatest resource - the living pharmacy of the forest. Anyone with an interest in traditional and contemporary alternative medicine, and the intellectual property rights of the Chiapas, will do well to spend time with the Chiapas and to visit the Maya Medicine Museum in San Cristobal. Be healed by traditional practitioners or explore the exhibits on ancient and contemporary Maya medical practices, including sections on childbirth and the five different types of healers: pulse reader, mountaintop prayer healer, bone healer, herbalist, and midwife. You can buy products derived from the on-site medicinal plant garden at an attached small pharmacy, and if you have an ailment, you can request a limpieza healing for a small fee.