Steps in San Cristobal

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Steps in San Cristobal
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Steps is a story museum and a NGO, recording the stories and culture of indigenous and help local children with basic education. Here we also offer different events for people to know more about real indigenous culture: 1. Cooking Workshop, workshop of traditional indigenous cuisine everyday at 11:00 AM, to learn how to make tortillas, quesadillas and pozol in community-style, from scratch (day menu, 150 MXN) 2. Story Time, to know more about indigenous culture, legend, lifestyle and ceremony, everyday at 15:00 pm in english and 17:00 pm in spanish. (on donation) 3. Cooking Workshop, workshop of traditional indigenous cuisine everyday at 19:00 PM, to learn how to make tamales, ponche (an indigenous cocktail) and sauce in community-style, from scratch. (night menu, 250 MXN) All the donation we receive directly go to the community to help indigenous children.
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astridlq
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Great cooking experience with a lot of insights on the culture
May 2021 • Couples
We came after reading the comments on tripadvisor. And we were not disappointed at all!
We made sweet and savoury tamales, tried the local pox and made some punch. Everything was super well explained and we did everything ourselves (which is sometimes not the case with cooking class). We’ve learnt a lot about the Mayan culture, we discovered how much work women do in the communities to prepare tamales every morning.
There was a translator when our Spanish wasn’t good enough to understand.
It took 3 hours but we really enjoyed every moments. If we have the time, we will definitely go back for another workshop they give.
For the price you pay (250pp), it’s really worth it and it feels nice to give some more tips that goes to the communities to support kids education.
Thank you Steps for this amazing experience!
Written 4 May 2021
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Sandy S
Albuquerque, NM800 contributions
Essential and Enjoyable Insights
Apr 2021
Located a few blocks from the main plaza and recently reopened after being interrupted by Covid-19, this nonprofit educational organization gives a window into the customs of the indigenous peoples in the villages dotting the mountains around San Cristobal de las Casas. We recommend visiting BEFORE taking a trip to San Juan de Chamula or Zinacantan, because the insights you gain will make those excursions much more meaningful. Only one other person showed up for the 3:00 p.m. English version of Story Time, so we had ample opportunity to ask questions of the young woman who conducted the session. Having grown up in a small mountain village herself, she spoke clear Spanish and English, as well as her native Tzotzil. We began by reading aloud, in Spanish, a charming legend about a jaguar shunned by his fellows because he couldn't roar. (One of the projects of this NGO is collecting and translating such stories, to help indigenous children master Spanish.) We then learned about the religious and ceremonial uses of the long pine needles covering the floors of churches, the slender tapers lit as sacrificial offerings, the alcoholic drink pox (pronounced "posh") used to raise the imbiber to a higher spiritual plain, and even how Coca Cola is employed ceremonially.
Written 14 April 2021
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Nick
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The best
Jan 2021
Our instructor was knowledge. The process itself was informative, insightful and loads of fun. Recommended!
Written 14 February 2021
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56MandM
Edmonton, Canada62 contributions
Story Time: not just for kids
Mar 2020
One of the highlights of our trip to San Cris was visiting STEPS. We attended their afternoon Story Time session for English speakers. Our story teller was Ivan and he was very knowledgeable, personable, funny and generous with his information. We learned about local history and indigenous culture- past and present. It was fascinating and gave us an extra appreciation for the area, and its people. If you are looking for something different from the usual tourist activities visit STEPS. I highly recommend it.
Written 19 March 2020
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Roman S
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Great Evening
Mar 2020 • Couples
Great Evening with nice people and Tamal cooking :)
Especially our „teacher“ was very very kind and helpful!
Written 3 March 2020
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SSMLondon
London19 contributions
Great local cooking experience
Feb 2020
We had a great time making (delicious!) tacos and salsa at Steps. Excellent tutor who was informative about the communities the project supports. Highly recommended and great to be supporting a good cause.
Written 25 February 2020
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Desiree C
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Wonderful way to spend an evening in San Cristobál
Jan 2020
I just did the night time cooking class and it was wonderful. We made everything from scratch - like, literally from grinding the corn (and assembling the hand grinder) to tearing off little strips of corn husks to tie up our tamales.

It was so much fun. Laura not only told us about all the ingredients and about any substitutions we could make if we wanted - and where to buy everything if we want to make these again on our own - but also wove in so many stories throughout. We learned about lots of Mayan customs, about different Indigenous communities around Chiapas, and lots of other interesting bits and pieces that she told in a very entertaining way.

It was a really nice way to spend a few hours. Everyone who did the class with me ended up feeling like friends. I wish they had a range of different cooking classes in which you could learn other recipes as well because if they did, I would definitely go back to do the others.

If you get the chance to do this - definitely do. You won't regret it!
Written 31 January 2020
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Andrea Middleton
Auckland, New Zealand42 contributions
Wonderful hands on experience!
Jan 2020
Easily one of the best things we did during our 3 weeks in Mexico. We participated in the 7pm cooking class making sweet and salty tamales, salsa and ponce. It felt like an evening at a friend's house and the meal was delicious when we finished. A couple of notes, we turned up for storytime at 5pm but it is only in Spanish and we speak English. I would let them know via Facebook Messenger if you plan to attend any session.
Written 20 January 2020
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MexpatMama
Louisville, CO11 contributions
Grateful for the knowledge shared
Jan 2020
We recently sat in on one of STEP's storytimes and were blown away by the amount of time and information the storyteller shared with us. I wish I could remember this wonderful woman's name!!! She spent two hours with our family, teaching us so many interesting things about Mayan cutlure, ritual and language. Thank you STEPS for all that you do for the indigenous communities and kids around San Cristobal. xoxo
Written 18 January 2020
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CsBu
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Cooking class by Laura is an absolute must do in San Cristobal
Dec 2019
This was by far one of the best experiences that we had in Mexico: a full three hours of highly educational journey into making traditional Mexican temale, ponche, salsa from scratch. Not only we were introduced to the actual STEPs of making the dishes, we also learned novel insights into the culture and lives of indigenous community living in Chamula, a place close to San Cristobal -all these for a low cost of 200 pesos. We ended up giving almost double the asking price. This is exactly the type of cultural experience that my partner and I are looking for!
Written 27 December 2019
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