In 1994, this mountain town vaulted into global headlines when a group of peasants launched the Zapatista revolution, seeking greater rights for the impoverished and long-repressed indigenous population in Mexico's southern state of Chiapas.
The armed rebellion stunned Mexico and became a rallying cry of the anti-globalization movement.
More than two decades later, relatively little has changed for Chiapas' diverse indigenous community — still largely mired in poverty and underdevelopment. San Cristobal, however, has changed.
Indigenous craftsmen still hawk embroidered cloths, but down the street, a pair of Japanese musicians play reggae ballads for coins,...