San Cristobal de Las Casas

San Cristobal centro

San Cristobal centro

After some Google searching while in Tuxtla Gutierrez we had discovered some cheap apartments through a hotel in San Cristobal. We knew we would be spending a while here just to relax and see some of Chiapas so booking an apartment with kitchen seemed wise, and at $100 USD for the week it was also relatively cheap in a very touristy location. So after walking eight blocks to a main street in Tuxtla and waiting on the side of the road we easily found a second class bus which was a cheap way to get the hour and a half up into the heart of Chiapas. Arriving in San Cristobal we took a taxi (lazy unimaginative option I know, but sometimes it’s nice not to squeeze the packs into already crowded colectivos) to our hotel where we would be shown to our wee apartment.

Our casa

Our casa

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Tuxtla Gutierrez – a series of unfortunate events.

After a long overnight bus trip we arrived in Tuxtla relatively well rested. Our goal as usual was accommodation and we made our way by colectivo to centro. First impressions of this city was that it was a bit dirty and definitely not very touristy. This impression didn’t actually go away at any point in the four nights we spent here and was compounded by our bad organisation. On the positive we found a nice hostel quite quickly and although we couldn’t go straight to our room (it was only about 9am) we were able to use the terrace café to relax in.

Settling into the café we ordered breakfast and loaded up the internet, the All Black’s were playing the Springboks at a time we could watch due to the game being played in South Africa rather than New Zealand. Our breakfast arrived and it was delicious café style eggs with a Mexican twist, I struggled not to inhale mine too fast. By the end of the game our room was ready and we could move our packs in. The hostel was more like a hotel as we had a private room with shower and the one night here was possibly one of the better things about our visit to Tuxtla. It’s unfortunate that they only had availability for that night in their cheaper private rooms. Continue reading

Palenque with the shortest visit to any new place so far…

Selfie at Palenque

Selfie at Palenque

The alarm woke us up at 3am. Not a nice time of morning night to be getting up but we had booked a tour and couldn’t sleep through the pick up time. The tour we had booked was three days long, started in San Cristobal and ended in Palenque. At 2500 peso each this was by far the most expensive excursion we had been on in the last eight months and although enjoyable, looking back we are unsure if it was worth that amount of money.

The van driver picked us up and it was soon obvious that he was a crazy driver. This set off my motion sickness and throwing up into a bag I always keep close during transport I was glad of the darkness before managing to get some extra sleep. The whole van of tourists was abruptly woken en-route as the driver clipped another car while he was performing one of his many dangerous overtaking manoeuvres. Even worse was that he didn’t stop. I’m glad this mode of transport actually had working seatbelts which has been a rarity. Over the next three days we would be visiting the waterfalls Agua Azul and Misol-Ha, Palenque, Yaxchilan and Bonampak archaeological sites and the final day would be a jungle walk in the Lacandon jungle. Continue reading