Chiapas, route to GuatemalaChiapas, ruta hacia Guatemala

So after the adventures in Tulum and Palenque I took a 5hour bus to San Cristobal de las Casas. Now this is one of the many colonial cities in Central America but for it being the first I’ve seen I found it be a very beautiful place. The atmosphere of the place (also a very cold place at night) really caught my atention and I decided to stay there for 5 days.

After that I was invited to visit Tuxtla Guiterrez, the capital of Chiapas, by a couchsurfer named Adolfo. He turned out to be a yoga intructor and a very fun and kind dude. I stayed there for another week. The city isn’t that much nice but very close to it you find el Cañon del Sumidero, a canyon surrounded by huge walls of stone that reach a hight of 900m, and filled with wildlife (cocodriles and all). You can take a boat from Chiapa de Corzo (15min from Tuxtla) and it costs 160Mxn or 9,5€.

I was lucky enough to witness the “Día de Muertos” celebration where people honor the dead and spend the night inside the graveyards singing and paying repect to their loved ones. Entire families would gather around their family graves and cheer and drink to their lost family members, I really enjoied the celebration I think it’s a really civilized way of paying repect to your loved ones.

During my stay in Tuxtla I was very tempted to buy a Vocho (the old Volkswagen Beatle) to continue my travel. I found second hand cars for like 15.000MXN or 890€, the problem was guessing if the car was going to support the ride from Mexico to Patagonia apart from all the hassles I was going to have in the borders and all that. So I parked the idea for a while, maybe further down the road I’ll get a second chance.

After 5 days in Tuxtla I was accepted in a couchsurf down in Huehuetenango, Guatemala. So on the 7th of October I traveled from Tuxtla to Huehue on a ride that took more that 10hours. The route was from Tuxtla to Comitán, then you would grab a combi to the Mexican border, get your passport stamped and then another taxi to the Guatemala border in a town called la Mesilla. The guy in the office made me pay 20MXN which I found kind of strange but was to tired to argue. So I finally got to Guatemala and Arturo, my couch, was waiting for me in his place.

Here are some pictures of Chiapas, I’ll keep you posted with more clips and travels.

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After the adventures in Tulum and Palenque I took a 5hour bus to San Cristobal de las Casas. Now this is one of the many colonial cities in Central America but for it being the first I’ve seen I found it be a very beautiful place. The atmosphere of the place (also a very cold place at night) really caught my atention and I decided to stay there for 5 days.

Después de las aventuras de Tulum y Palenque hice un viaje de 5horas hasta San Cristobal de las Casas. Esta es una de las muchas ciudades coloniales de Centro America pero al ser la primera que ví me encantó el sitio. La vibra del lugar (además de ser muy frío por la noche) me llamó mucho la atención y decidí quedarme unos 5 días.

Then I was invited to visit Tuxtla Guiterrez, the capital of Chiapas, by a couchsurfer named Adolfo. He turned out to be a yoga intructor and a very fun and kind dude. I stayed there for another week. The city isn’t that much nice but very close to it you find el Cañon del Sumidero, a canyon surrounded by huge walls of stone that reach a hight of 900m, and filled with wildlife (cocodriles and all). You can take a boat from Chiapa de Corzo (15min from Tuxtla) and it costs 160Mxn or 9,5€.

Entonces me invitó un chico de couhsurfing a visitar Tuxtla Gutierrez, la capital de Chiapas. Adolfo resultó ser profesor de yoga y era un muchacho muy amable y gracioso. Me quedé con el otra semana. La ciudad no era gran cosa pero sí que estaba cerca del Cañon del Sumidero, un cañon rodeador de paredes de piedra que llegan a alcanzar los 900m en el punto más alto, y lleno de vida animal (cocodrilos incluidos). Puede tomar un bote des de Chiapa de Corzo (15min de Tuxtla) y cuesta 160MXN o 9.5€.

También tuve la suerte de coincidir para la celebración de “Día de Muertos” donde la gente honra a los muertos y se pasa la noche en los cementerios cantando y recordando a sus familiares fallecidos. Famílias enteras se juntaban en las tumbas de sus familiares y brindaban a su salud, me pareció una celebración muy bonita una forma muy civilizada de recordar a los tuyos en família.

During my stay in Tuxtla I was very tempted to buy a Vocho (the old Volkswagen Beatle) to continue my travel. I found second hand cars for like 15.000MXN or 890€, the problem was guessing if the car was going to support the ride from Mexico to Patagonia apart from all the hassles I was going to have in the borders and all that. So I parked the idea for a while, maybe further down the road I’ll get a second chance.

Durante mi estancia en Tuxtla estuve muy tentado de comprar un Vocho (el antigua Volkswagen Beatle) para continuar mi viaje. Encontré coches de segunda mano por unos 15.000MXN o 890€, el problema era confiar en que llegaran entero de México hasta la Patagonia, aparte de los problemas que podía tener en las fronteras y todo eso. Así que aparqué la idea por un tiempo, a lo mejor más alante tendré una segunda oportunidad.

Después de 5 días en Tuxtla me aceptó un couchsurf en Huehuetenango, Guatemala. Así que el 7 de Octubre viajé de Tuxtla a Huehue en un trayecto que duró más de 10horas. La ruta era de Tuxtla a Comitán, allí tomé una combi a la fontera Mexicana, sellé mi pasaporte y tomé otro taxi hasta la frontera de Guatemala en un pueblo llamado la Mesilla. El señor de la oficina me hizo pagar 20MXN lo cual me resultó extraño pero estaba demasiado cansado para discutir. Al final llegué a Guatemala y Arturo, mi couch, me esperaba en su casa.

Aquí os dejo algunas fotos de Chiapas, os mantengo informados con más clips y viajes pronto.

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