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San Cristobal De Casas

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  • Day297

    San Cristóbal De Las Casas

    March 9, 2017 in Mexico

    Although it's not Christmas we made straight for San Nicholas, a nice forestry area at the edge of town with great camping. We spent the first night partying around the pool table with a bunch of local lads and met a bunch of nice people some old friends and some new, including Josh, Chantelle and MK their dog (Maya's new bestie) who we would travel with for a while.

    As we are soon leaving Mexico we wanted to take advantage of the cheap but top quality dentistry and one quick check up visit soon led to the inevitable follow up cleaning, extracting and patching. I had an incredibly uncomfortable extraction of a rear molar, due to it having a twisted root (I declined the x-rays to my error!), and spent the next week munching painkillers.

    The rest of the time we spent exploring the labyrinth of markets selling an amazing array of artisanal products, and eating from a huge range of cuisine - highlights include an authentic Thai and Pibil Cochinita (slow cooked pork from the Yucatan area).

    We visited Cholula, the next town over, but there are no photos as there were strict rules about protecting the indigenous culture who live here & still wear traditional dress. The church was unlike any other I've been in, for example there was a disabled boy being blessed with a chicken, that was subsequently sacrificed on the candle and pine needles covered floor, whilst the rest of the family drank coke (to burp out bad spirits) and pox (pronounced posh). Quite an experience!

    On our final night in town the camp site got invaded with kids, and a dozen tents sprung up outside the van. Bizarrely enough their teacher had a pretty broad Barnsley accent and the kids where impressively clever & polite, so it was actually pretty cool to chat with them. We headed for slow Thai (it was worth the wait!) then drinks at Funky Burrito, whose owner rented an airstream on the camp site. We had a fun night hanging out with him and (repeatedly) sampling his own brew mezcal (little known sister of Tequila).
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  • Day309

    Montezuma's Revenge

    March 21, 2017 in Mexico

    So we got back to San Chris without any further issues, and had a much needed decent night's sleep. In the morning I had another dentist appointment, where Doc Pepe scanned my teeth with some hi-tech tool which enabled them to mill my porcelain crown in front of my eyes. Jo also had her first ever fillings (!!).

    Next job was sorting out the suspension, after a bit of driving around we found a place that looked half decent (i.e. they weren't just repairing cars on the street!). These were the friendliest & most cheerful mechanics I have ever come across. They got straight to work & found out that the new suspension wasn't broken but the bolt had just come off so it was a super easy fix. After they'd also done an oil & air filter change, before we said our goodbyes they asked for a photo of us all with the van, & we were of course happy to oblige! 4 men working for an hour cost us a massive 350 pesos (about 17 bucks!)

    Other chores before we head over the border were a vet health certificate for Maya, filling our water tank with potable water and some stocking up on essentials from the supermarket. Guatemala here we come!

    ... Almost!

    We went out for the evening and tucked into a tasty burger then enjoyed a glass or two of the local spirit pox (pronounced posh, but think pocheen) listening to excellent live music. All was good until about 4am when my stomach exploded. This then killed the next couple of days and delayed our departure south.
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  • Day9

    Our free day started with a hearty breakfast Mexican-style for me - Chili Relleno (stuffed chilli), Frijoles y Salsicha (Black bean and sausage stew) and Tamales con Pollo en Mole (steamed corn meal parcels stuffed with Chicken in a Mole sauce). Filling and just what I needed for our day's exploring.

    With no set agenda, we walked through the town. We visited the Jade Museum, where the history of Jade use in Mexican culture and ceremony was explained. We were also told of how it is obtained, the different colours and how it is used in antiquity and in modern jewellery. Within were an impressive set of replicas of important artefacts, particularly the death mask of the Mayan ruler, Pakal II, lord of the large city state at Palenque, which we will be visiting in a couple of days. Purchasing opportunities were offered but politely declined.

    After a bit of souvenir/present shopping, we stopped off at a really lovely cafe where they blend and roast their own coffee. Such was its quality, we had to buy some from their shop to bring home.

    We then headed to the local craft market to have a gander. There was an array of native clothing, jewellery in amber and jade, wooden souvenirs and other tchotchkes to be purchased. We didn't, as I really couldn't find anything I really felt like bringing home.

    This brought on more thirst, both for drink and knowledge, so we headed to Kakaw, the Chocolate Museum. Once again, we learnt of the history of chocolate, its use throughout Mexican prehistory up to the current day, how it is grown, produced and made into the food we recognise. This time we did decide to sample the product and I had traditional Xocolatl - hot chocolate made with water, 70% cocoa chocolate and a touch of sugar. It took a while to get used to the thin consistency and lack of fat and binders that are usually in hot chocolate but it was a delicious, thirst quenching and deeply satisfying drink.

    After consulting our guidebook and with a nod given to our tour guide who suggested visiting the local food market used by the inhabitants of San Cristòbal, we traversed the town once again and found the Mercado Municupal. An Aladdin's cave of culinary treasures, homewares, clothes and bikes to name just a few, I managed to secure my 3rd purchase of dried chillies, Chile Ancho, to add to the Chipotles and Guajillos that I bought in Oaxaca Market. The array of fresh produce, both familiar and unfamiliar, was astounding and the pride in which they were displayed was almost humbling.

    During our explorations of this labyrinthine place, we stumbled across the covered part of the market where they sold the meat, poultry and fish. What was remarkable about the place was the lack of smell. Nothing was malodorous, rotten or putrid. Everything was spankingly fresh. The fish were still stiff, the meat & sausages were clean and appetizing, and the poultry, I suspect, was freshly prepared. I understand that this may be some people's idea of the 7th circle of hell but to a devout foodie like me, I couldn't help but be mightily impressed and wish that there were affordable, high quality markets with Class A produce like this in the UK. Maybe we'd understand more about food, its value and provenance if we had to shop like this.

    Weary and walked out, we headed back to the hotel. After a short rest, we met up with some of our group to go to a restaurant serving traditional Mexican cuisine called, La Lupe. It has been my aim during this holiday so far to try and eat only proper Mexican food and keep it as local and tradition as possible. This restaurant didn't disappoint with fresh flavours, classic dishes, properly spicy sauces and a fantastic Margherita cocktail.

    We had planned to go to the Revolution bar for a couple of drinks and to listen to some live Latin music but the food, alcohol, walking and travelling finally took their toll and we retired early, ready for another long drive to Palenque tomorrow.
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  • Day176

    San Cristóbal de las Casas, México

    November 23, 2017 in Mexico

    21. - 23. November 2017

    Eine lange Nachtbusfahrt führt uns nach San Cristóbal. Ein schönes Städtchen mit Pflastersteingassen und kleinen Cafés. Leider ist es auf über 2000 m.ü.M. wieder empfindlich kalt, vor allem in der Nacht. Wir betrachten die Stadt vom Aussichtshügel aus und wollen einen Torbogen, die Kathedrale und ein Konvent besichtigen. Zur Zeit werden aber alle gleichzeitig renoviert. Schade.
    Stattdessen beobachten wir das Treiben auf den Strassen (viele indigene VerkäuferInnen und bettelnde Kinder) und geniessen ein paar Tassen des guten Kaffees aus der Region. Den Abend lassen wir in der warmen Wein-/Tapasbar vis-à-vis von unserem Hotel ausklingen.

    Am nächsten Tag nehmen wir ein Colectivo ins nahe San Juan Chamula. Hier patroulliert die Polizei in ihren schwarzen Schaffelljacken und viele Frauen tragen Röcke aus demselben Material. Das Dorf ist bekannt für die Fusion von indigener Kultur und kolonialen und katholischen Einflüssen. So ist die Kirche mit Statuen von Heiligen gefüllt und in ein Lichtermeer aus Kerzen getaucht. Es hat aber weder einen Altar noch Kirchbänke. Die Indigenen (Nachfahren der Maya) kommen hierher, um ihre Rituale durchzuführen. Dazu werden sehr, sehr viele Kerzen in unterschiedlichen Grössen und Farben auf dem Boden platziert und angezündet. Danach werden beispielsweise Eier oder Hühner über dem Kerzenmeer gschwenkt und so gesegnet oder Gebete zur Heilung von Kranken rezitiert.

    Zurück in San Cristóbal treffen wir zufälligerweise auf die Langzeitreisenden Erik und Annette, die wir in Zipolite kennengelernt hatten. Kurzerhand verbringen wir den Abend zusammen in der gemütlichen Weinbar.

    Memories: Die Museen über Kaffee und die Medizin der Mayas sind sehr bescheiden; Erster Hagelsturm; Erik ist Berufsmusiker und hat mit 44 Jahren schon alle Länder der Welt bereist, ist pensioniert und spricht etwa 16 Sprachen; Wanderschuhe von Sabina weggegeben.
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  • Day39

    San Cristóbal de las Casas

    August 14, 2016 in Mexico

    Wir genossen es richtig für Kurz endlich ausgeschwitzt zu haben und in der kühlen Bergluft sogar von einer langen Jean Gebrauch machen zu können. Leider kündigten sich aber ab dem Nachmittag immer auch schon starke Regenfälle an.

    Die Highlights hier waren eine Mountainbike-Tour auf eigene Faust von Mario und mir hinauf zum Arcotete, einem überdimensionalen Felsbogen der sich über einen Fluss spannte, samt dazugehöriger Höhle.
    Tags darauf unternahmen wir einen Ausflug in den Cañon de Sumidero welchen wir 2 Stunden auf einem Motorboot entlang fuhren und dessen Felswände bis zu 1000 Meter hoch links und rechts emporstiegen. Zahlreiche Wasserfälle ergossen sich in den Hauptstrom und nicht nur Pelikane und andere Vogelarten tummelten sich in der Schlucht, sondern auch das eine oder andere Krokodil!
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  • Day25

    San Cristóbal de las casas

    April 19, 2017 in Mexico

    In the end I stayed a day longer in Mazunte than I had planned, since all busses were full due to the Easter holidays. In retrospective though, that was even better, as now I could travel together with Alex from Barcelona. I had already been hanging out with him and Francesco (Italian) in Mazunte all the time, mostly somewhere in between beach and the shady hostel.
    In San Cristóbal we spent the first two days walking through the town. In addition, there were many activities in the hostel, for example pizza / sushi / burger nights, parties, ping pong or just curing your hangover in a hammock in the garden. We had to get used to the cold though: since San Cristóbal lies at 2100m, temperatures vary extremely throughout the day.Read more

  • Day6

    Sereno Art Hotel

    October 5, 2017 in Mexico

    Noch ein paar Bilder vom Hotel. Die Blumen werden übrigens häufig von einem Kolibri besucht. Der ist aber zu schnell für die Kamera... 😅
    Und hinten gibt es einen Biergarten (siehe Schild). Da fühlt man sich doch fast wie zu Hause...😀

  • Day5

    Luxusfrühstück

    October 4, 2017 in Mexico

    Heute hatten wir ein luxuriöses Frühstück direkt neben unserem Hotel. Gestern Abend haben wir erfahren, dass viele Touristen die Buchungen für September storniert haben. Daher ist oft nicht so viel los. Beim Frühstück waren wir auch wieder alleine mit den Kellnern.

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