Laura Anderson Barbata in corrobation with the Museo Textil de Oaxaca’s current show (8 Dec 2012 to 12 April 2013) is “Transcomunalidad: Intervenciones y colaboraciones con comunidades de Zanqueros”. Address: Hidalgo 917, Historico Centro, Oaxaca, Mexico.

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Dear Vagabundos,

The second trip is a go… Vagabundos on the waiting list for the first
trip with a paid deposit have already gotten in and we have plenty of
space left. So…

Let’s go to Chiapas!  We’ll experience the magical Palenque ruins,
visit the thundering cascades of Agua Azul, enjoy the magnificent
views around San Cristobal de las Casas, and boat up the Sumidero
Canyon.  We’ll shop for the most incredible crafts made by the
indigenous artisans from the different villages and learn about the
age-old customs of the people from this wonderful region.

Attached you will find,

— The itinerary with specific dates, times, and schedules for side trips.
— The links file that you might find useful in your research for the
places we will be visiting.
— The bus layout that will help you decide what seat to choose.
Please be wise with your selection as you will keep the same seat for
the entire trip. Please give me alternative seat selections in case
the seats you have chosen have been taken by the time you reply. I
— The payment options file which informs you of the ways you can get
the payment to me. PLEASE READ IT CAREFULLY.

I’m also pasting the information below in case you have any problem
downloading the files.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me for questions or reservations.

I look forward to seeing you on our bus (and plane)!


David Rico Olalde
Los Vagabundos
Centella No. 28
Fracc. La Lejona, 2a Seccion
San Miguel de Allende, Gto.
(415) 152-3013

Los Vagabundos Explore Chiapas!

March 12-20, 2013

Double Occupancy USD $875 *
Single Occupancy USD $1070

Your payment includes transportation to and from airports, airfare,
transportation in Chiapas on a first class bus, hotel for 8 nights,
side trips to Palenque, Cascadas de Agua Azul, San Juan Chamula, San
Lorenzo Zinacantan, and the Sumidero Canyon, a city tour of San
Cristobal de las Casas, and tips to bus driver, hotel maids, and
baggage handlers. The entrance fees to museums and ruins are not
included. You are responsible for your own food and your own

Tuesday, March 12 – Leave from Central de Autobuses at 10:30 a.m. for
the Mexico City airport where we should arrive around 3:00 p.m. Our
flight departs from Mexico City at 5:00 p.m. and arrives in
Villahermosa at 6:30 p.m. Our hotel, Hilton (993) 313-6800, is
conveniently located close to the airport.

Wednesday, March 13 – Leave our hotel at 8:00 a.m. for Palenque where
we should arrive around 10:30 a.m. Our hotel, Maya Tulipanes (916)
345-0201, is located in the ecological and touristic area of La

Leave the hotel at 12:00 p.m. for the Palenque ruins (entrance fee not
included). We’ll spend about four hours exploring this archaeological
site and its museum. There is easy transport to the hotel for those
who would like to get back earlier (or later).

Thursday, March 14 – Leave our hotel at 9:00 a.m. for San Cristobal de
las Casas. We will stop at the Misol-Ha waterfall for about 30 minutes
and then on to Cascadas de Agua Azul where we should arrive around
noon. We will stay for about two hours so you will have time to eat
and swim. Bring your bathing suit! We’ll leave for San Cristobal at
2:00 p.m. and should get there around 7:00 p.m. Our hotel, Best
Western La Noria (967) 678-6878, is centrally located.

Friday, March 15 – Meet in the lobby at 9:30 a.m. for a 2-hour guided
walking city tour. The rest of the day is yours! Start touring the
city and its surroundings. Visit Casa Na-Bolom, Museo del Ambar, Museo
de la Medicina Maya, Café Museo Café, Templo de Santo Domingo, Mercado

Saturday, March 16 – Free in San Cristobal.  Explore the places where
you might have a special interest like the pottery village of
Amatenango del Valle, Reserva Ecologica Huitepec, and Grutas de San
Cristobal, or go shopping for some of those wonderful crafts being
sold all around town, or take a trip to the caves and lakes nearby…

Sunday, March 17 – Leave the hotel at 9:30 for a guided visit of the
San Juan Chamula and the San Lorenzo Zinacantan villages. We should be
back to the hotel around 3:00 p.m. The rest of the day is yours!

Monday, March 18 – Free in San Cristobal. Enjoy your last day in this
picturesque town! Take a trip to another village (I will help you make
arrangements) or just go wild on last minute shopping.

Tuesday, March 19 – Leave the hotel at 10:00 a.m. for Chiapa de Corzo.
Bring an overnighter. Our hotel, La Ceiba (961) 616-0389, is centrally
located and has a swimming pool. Meet in the lobby at 11:30 a.m. for
our trip up the Sumidero Canyon. We will get on boats and enjoy its
magnificent view for a couple of hours before a lunch stop. We should
be back to the hotel around 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 20 – Leave the hotel at 10:30 a.m. for the airport.
Our plane departs from Tuxtla Gutierrez at 12:45 p.m. and arrives in
Mexico City at 2:30 p.m. We’ll then head on home, stopping at Parador
San Pedro for dinner and getting to San Miguel around 8:30 p.m.

* Prices are per person.

IMPORTANT: Departure and arrival times may change due to flight schedules.

Los Vagabundos

Payment options
Pay at least half of the total amount when you make your reservation
and the remainder by the end of January. If you reserve six weeks or
less before the trip, you need to pay in full at the moment of

There are three easy ways to get the payment to me:

1)     Come to Centella No. 28 in La Lejona (behind Mega) and give us
your check (USD). If we’re not home, please place it in the mail box
located on our door. You cannot miss it. It has a sign that reads,
“Los Vagabundos Mail”. If you don’t see it, you are at the wrong
place.  Please don’t leave cash in our mail box. If you need to pay in
cash, please call me to make an appointment.

2)     Put your check in an envelope and take it to the post office
(corner of Correo and Corregidora streets).  The envelope should be

David Rico Olalde
A.P. 611
San Miguel de Allende, Gto.

The post office opens Monday thru Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  They will charge you 7
pesos because it counts as a local delivery. Please let me know when

3)     Call me to make arrangements for check or cash pick up,

David Rico Olalde
(415) 152-3013

Please make checks payable to “David Rico Olalde”

It is important that you write on the memo of the check, “Los
Vagabundos/Chiapas trip”

Please date USD checks in US format MM/DD/YYYY. (It can also be any
other format but spelling out the month)

If you are outside of San Miguel de Allende, ask for a fourth option.

If you decide to pay in pesos, please go to the link below to make the
conversion (the very day you pay)…

Cancellations and Refunds

Ø     Cancel 20 days in advance to get a full refund if our entire
trip is by land.
Ø     Cancel six weeks in advance to get a full refund if our trip
includes one or more flights.
Ø     If you cancel after these dates, we will be able to refund only
whatever we can get back from hotels and airlines. It is usually from
50% down, depending on your timing.

Please let me know if I can be of any help in making the payment process easier.


David Rico Olalde
Los Vagabundos

Links Chiapas trip

From The New York Times

Frugal Traveler: Old Time, and New, Amid Maya Ruins of Palenque
Frugal Traveler: Eco-Farmers in Soggy Las Guacamayas


Cascadas de Agua Azul

San Cristóbal de las Casas

San Juan Chamula


Chiapa de Corzo and Sumidero Canyon,_Chiapas


Oaxaca FilmFest is dedicated to the recognition and advancement of outstanding achievement in cinema, creating opportunities for filmmakers, providing audiences with outstanding entertainment, and enhancing the economic well-being of The State Of Oaxaca.

“The New Sundance”, is what many Film Festival organizers are saying about the event which is rapidly emerging as one of the most important developing film festivals in the world,

Established in 2010 the Festival has been a uniquely successful collaboration between the private and public sectors injecting nearly $6,000,000 USD in tourism revenue into the region in the first two seasons.

In just three seasons the festival received nearly 3000 submissions from 77 different countries. With an extremely high standard for surviving the selection process, Oaxaca FilmFest has discovered some of the most brilliant filmmakers emerging on the international cinema scene today!

Tequila (Sony Clasics)

A Lonely Place For Dying (1,000,000 Downloads on iTunes)

Ecstasy (Toronto Film Festival )

Una Noche (Winner in TriBeCa)

LA SOGA (Amazon Top 10 independent Films)

Crebinsky (Currently in European Theaters)

La Pantera Negra (Currently in Latin American Theaters)

What to expect in 2012?

– 10 days

– 25 venues

– 300 screenings

– 10 Day Rally

– 5 Day Academic Program-With a Focus on Self Distribution

– International “Pitching” Market

– “Infamous” Fiestas

-and much much more.

Every Film in the Festival is a Mexican Premiere. In most cases a Latin American Premiere and in many cases a WORLD PREMIERE! There is something for everyone from “edge of your seat” feature films that include Robert De Niro, Clint Eastwood, Spike Lee, and Clive Owen to thought provoking documentaries.

WHY DO WE NEED THE FUNDING? As with any event of this size money is always an issue. However, with the constant need for the public sector to invest their money into other areas and the economic woes of the private sector cash is tighter than ever. We have prided ourself in our ability to build the festival on a lean staff, a constant focus on “intercambios” (in kind support), and to invest wisely. For example we do not pay for actors and actresses to attend the event-we think it is more important to spend those dollars on high quality projections and academic events. Yet, at the “end of the day”…WE STILL NEED CASH! We do have many corporate partners and we are very grateful and proud of these relations. Yet, we continue to maintain simple relationships avoiding ONE large Corporate Sponsor so we can maintain our Freedom and Independence to continue to create an incredible event.

WHERE DOES YOUR DONATION GO? Simple! To begin preparation for next year’s event. This month marks the celebration of our third and biggest event to date and after taking one day off to rest we will begin to focus on Oaxaca FilmFest 4!

WHY IS OAXACA FILMFEST IMPORTANT? Oaxaca is a State rich in cuisine, culture, and history. It contains beautiful beaches and breath taking mountains. Yet, it is one of the poorest regions in Mexico. The people of this Region depend on dollars generated from tourism. The Festival provides much needed economic stimulus via tourism revenue.

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“Nefarious: merchant of souls

Directed/Dirección: Benjamin Nolot
96 min EUA 2011
Cast/Reparto: S/N. Genre/Género: Documentary Features/Largometraje Documental.

From the very first scene, Nefarious ushers you into the nightmare of sex trafficking. When you see a woman being dragged to the ‘breaking grounds’, you will feel her despair. You will follow beside her as she is beaten, stripped naked, then sold to the highest bidder. After she’s auctioned off, she’s taken to a location where she will be sold night after night.
Desde la primera escena, Nefarious te introduce a la pesadilla del tráfico sexual. Cuando veas a una mujer que es arrastrada, sentirás su desesperación. Seguirás a su lado mientras ella es golpeada, desnudada y luego vendida al mejor postor. Después de haber sido subastada, es llevada a un lugar donde se venderá noche tras noche.


“Change You


Cheryl Hassen

12 min


Cast/Reparto: Debi Sawchuk Miguel Angel Vergara Calleros,
Josh Davis, Jillian Sodero Genre/Género: Documentary Short/Cortometraje Documental
Change You follows Albertan Debi Sawchuk and fellow group members on a journey through the Mexican jungle in Palenque and to the ancient spiritual sites of Yaxchilan and Tonina. They are inspired by Mayan Master Teacher Miguel Angel Vergara Calleros, whose gentle persona and profound insights encourage them to experience, to open their hearts.
Change You sigue a Albertan Debi Sawchuk y los demás miembros del grupo en un recorrido por la selva mexicana en Palenque y de los antiguos yacimientos espirituales de Yaxchilan y Tonin.. Se inspiran en el Maestro de maestros maya Miguel Ángel Vergara Calleros, cuya dulce personalidad y conocimientos profundos los anima a experimentar, a abrir sus corazones.


“Los refrigeradores

Directed/Dirección: Thomas Lehner
95 min Austria/Cuba 2012
Cast/Reparto: S/N. Genre/Género: Documentary Features/ Largometraje Documental.

Cuba on ice. Naturally it is served in cocktails at the beach bar. But for the island residents, keeping things in a cold, solid state is a matter of survival and constitute a daily struggle. Refrigerators are passed down from one generation to another, caringly maintained and restored.

Cuba on the rocks. Naturalmente es servido en cocteles en la playa o en el bar. Pero para los residentes de la isla, mantener cosas en estado frío y sólido es un asunto de sobrevivencia y constituye una lucha diaria. Refrigeradores son heredados de una generación a otra, mantenidos y restaurados con cuidado.

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