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Santa Lucía, San Cristóbal

Charlotte Williamson visits Mexico’s beautiful southernmost state, and finds a remote and timeless region still steeped in Mayan culture.

A geologist explores the caves of giant crystals inside the Naica Mine in Chihuahua, Mexico. Discovered by two miners looking for lead in 2001, these amazing crystal-lined caves could be mistaken for Superman's ethereal Arctic lair. These stunning white beams of gypsum have been growing for hundreds of thousands of years in caves below Naica in Mexico. Ten years after the amazing discovery, scientists are petitioning the Mexican government to claim for Unesco World Heritage status to protect…

Giant gypsum crystals as large as 4 feet wide and 50 feet long fill what is now known as Naica Mine. The monstrous beams — some of the largest natural crystals ever found — have been growing for hundreds of thousands of years beneath the earth.

At the Calle Fr. Bartolome de las Casas mid-block entrance to the Benito Juarez Market, the indigenous women who weave baskets sit like sentries or a welcoming committee, surrounded by their wares.

Loooove these baskets! Bartolome de las Casas mid-block entrance to the Benito Juarez Market, the indigenous women who weave baskets sit like sentries or a welcoming committee, surrounded by their wares.

The Basket Makers, Benito Juarez Market, Oaxaca, Mexico

At the Calle Fr. Bartolome de las Casas mid-block entrance to the Benito Juarez Market, the indigenous women who weave baskets sit like sentries or a welcoming committee, surrounded by their wares.

The Museo Soumaya, Mexico City from http://www.arnewde.com

Architecture Picture 1 Museo Soumaya in Mexico City - anvil-shaped museum in Mexico City, with a windowless facade composed of hexagonal aluminium tiles. The Museo Soumaya houses one of the most important art collections in Latin America.

Mexican artist Xavier de Maria y Campos hopes the new b’aktunoob, or Maya calendar cycle, ushers in a new era of positive thinking and appreciation of nature and the environment, two things the Maya believed in.   The Pyramid of Positive Thinking, a structure that honors the Mayan Calendar. (Evelyn Kanter)

One of the special attractions set up to celebrate the ending of the Maya calendar is a new pyramid that's being constructed for doomsday, and beyond.