Chiapa de Corzo

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11 travelers at this place:

  • Day7

    And we thought the other drive was long!

    March 1, 2018 in Mexico ⋅ 🌙 86 °F

    Today was just a touch brutal, metaphorically speaking. We were up at 4.00 to leave at 5.00 to cover the large distance between Oaxaca City and our next destination, Chiapa Do Corzo in Chiapas State.

    50 minutes after leaving, we pulled up at our first stop of the day - El Árbol de Tule. This is the largest tree in the world with a trunk measuring some 14m in diameter. It's not as tall as the Sherman sequoia in the US bit it's huge. At least, I think it was as it was hard to see in the pitch black with only a few street lights to illuminate the spectacle! I think the picture gives some idea of its scale but there you go.

    Clambering aboard our bus in the cool dawn air, we set off for our next archaeological site, the Zapotec centre of Mitla. Much like Monte Alban, this was built on a hill and was a place of Royal life and ceremony, including human sacrifice and the offering of human hearts to the gods. However, it was much more compact and intact than the previous site. This was due to it being reinhabited by the Mixtecs and their allegiance with the Spanish. Furthermore, this was the first site where they found tombs, which we duly explored although they were small.

    The most remarkable thing about Mitla were the wall frieses that are all original and over 2000 years old. The geometric patterns represent various gods and also the Zapotec belief in the circle of life, death and rebirth.

    It took about an hour all told to explore the entirety of the site and so at about 10:00, we boarded the bus and there we stayed, barring comfort breaks, until we reached Chiapa Do Corzo at 20:00!! That's right, 15 hours since we left Oaxaca City!

    The journey was pretty tortuous. The bus wound its way up and down mountain roads for the vast majority of the journey with only the last 3 or 4 hours on a straight road known as 'La Ventosa' or the windy one. Chiapas State, due to its positioning in the country, is buffeted by winds and, therefore, the Mexicans have taken advantage of this and built wind farms all along this stretch of the terrain. To be honest, I lost track of time on the coach so we could have been on La Ventosa 30 minutes, 4 hours or 5 years for all I knew! To compound the misery of 15 hours on the bus, I chose to sit on the wrong side meaning that the sun beat down on me for most of the journey. I didn't realise this due to the A.C. on the coach but now i know why I was feeling so ill at ease! I got pretty fed up with listening to music too so there was little relief from the monotony because I'm totally incapable of reading on a bus without projectile vomiting everywhere after about 10 minutes!

    As you can imagine, I was tired and emotional by the end of the journey. A limp tuna salad and a beer at the hotel did little to alleviate my ennui, so I will retire to bed hoping for better things tomorrow!
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  • Day533

    Chiapa del Corzo

    January 23 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Zufällig erfahren wir, dass im nahen Chiapa del Corzo gerade die "Fiesta Grande" stattfindet. Der Umzug sei UNESCO-Weltkulturerbe und wirklich sehenswert.
    "Fiesta Grande"? Da lassen wir uns natürlich nicht zweimal bitten.
    Und selbstverständlich werden wir nicht enttäuscht, denn inzwischen haben wir gelernt: Im Feste feiern gehören die Mexikaner zur absoluten Weltelite!
    Eine weitere Erkenntnis des Abends: Bei derartigen Veranstaltungen sollte man als Gringo nicht in der ersten Reihe stehen. Die vorbeiziehenden Gruppen werden einen gnadenlos als Lieblingsopfer aus der Menge picken. Man wird bemalt, mit Konfetti überschüttet, muss die schärfste lokale Chili probieren und wird dauernd genötigt, selbst gebrannten Mezcal aus penisförmigen Flaschen zu exen. Das kann natürlich lustig sein. Aber wer hier den Absprung verpasst, wird die nächsten Tage abwechselnd Feuer und Galle speien...
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  • Day207

    Into the Clouds

    February 25, 2016 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    We had heard about the huge climb to San Cristobal de Las Casas, so positioned ourselves at the base of the climb in Chiapa de Corozo, and set off up the 190 Libre the next morning. After about 20 km of climbing we passed a turnoff to Villahermosa, and from then on there was very little traffic on the road as we climbed through tiny mountain villages where maize is grown on steep rocky slopes. We got the impression that many of the locals, dressed in traditional clothing, had never been outside of their own small towns. We also saw large plantations of granadilla fruit for the first time and enjoyed trying the sweet gelatinous fruit at one of our breaks on the climb. We enjoyed the cool cloudy morning, but as we climbed ever higher we ended up riding into the clouds, which limited views and the length of any breaks due to the chill in the air. When we finally descended from the 2440 m summit to a small sunny town we celebrated by eating a second lunch and then climbed a final 200 m hill before descending into the valley of San Cristobal de Las Casas. All told we climbed almost 2000 m in about 70 km - another record for the trip.Read more

  • Day5

    Chiapa de Corzo

    June 10, 2016 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Desayunamos los restos de la comida del viaje y un café del oxxo en la plaza principal. Hay una fuente mudéjar y gente cortando la hierba con machete. La noche fue una duermevela con curvas infinitas. Siempre que amanezco así tengo la sensación de haber sobrevivido a algo, de haber ganado algo, de seguir pese a todo en algo. No sé qué.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Chiapa de Corzo, チアパ・デ・コルソ, 치아파데코르소, Čiapa de Korsas, Chiyapan Corzo, Чьяпа-де-Корсо

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