Welcome to Amatenango del Valle
The women of this Tzeltal village by the Pan-American Hwy, 37km southeast of San Cristóbal, are renowned potters. Pottery here is still fired by a pre-Hispanic method, building a wood fire around the pieces rather than putting them in a kiln. Amatenango children find a ready tourist market with animalitos – little pottery animal figures that are inexpensive but fragile. If you visit the village, expect to be surrounded within minutes by young animalito sellers. From San Cristóbal, take a Comitán-bound bus or combi.