State of Chiapas, Mexico (part 1)

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We left the beautiful Oaxaca and drove on Mex # 190 via Tehuantepec, Juchitán to La Ventosa. Here is the shortest distance between the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean – at its narrowest point, the isthmus is 200 km (120 mi) across. This is where we spent our first night at the Pemex station. It was horrible not because of Pemex but because it was so hot and lots of nasty mosquitos. It would not cool down – not even at 11.00pm and therefore made it almost impossible to sleep in our small vehicle. The next day we went to Autozone to buy a fan. The Mex #190 brings you to Tuxtla Gutiérrez where we spend another night. Tuxtla is the largest and the most developed city of Chiapas. Another short drive to Chiapa de Corzo where we took a boat to visit the stunning Sumidero Canyon. After a few hot days we enjoyed the cool breeze when driving up the mountains towards San Cristobal de las Casas. We spent 3 nights here taking advantage of all the restaurant options, cafes, and wandering around enjoying the relaxed vibe or just hanging out at the camping with great people.

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it looks like these donkeys are helping each other to get rid of their pack…

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between Juchitán to La Ventosa we saw a ton of windmills

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huge power plants

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Flintstones mobile in Mexico. He wanted to trade with us:-)

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really heavy loads – they move very slowly up the mountains

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beautiful scenery

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Sumidero Canyon National Park – Cañón del Sumidero

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Bridge connecting Tuxtla and Chiapa de Corzo

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Howler monkeys in the trees…

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Glad we are sitting in a safe boat

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another crocodile

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WOW … vertical walls which reach as high as 1000 meters

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not so WOW…we were sad to see all the garbage

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The walls of the canyon contain small caves, rock formations and other notable features. The best known of the area’s caves is the Cueva de Colores (Cave of Colors). This cave gets its name from the filtration of magnesium, potassium and other minerals which form colors on the walls, especially shades of pink. It contains an image of the Virgin of Guadalupe inside usually surrounded by fresh flowers and burning candles left by visitors

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hmmm..not sure what this bird is trying to do?

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One of the various seasonal waterfalls, this is Árbol de Navidad (Christmas Tree). The “branches” of the Árbol are made by deposits from the waterfall which have are then covered in moss. During the rainy season, when the waterfall is active, the water and the light changes the colors of the “branches” and makes the formation stand out more

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at the last bridge we docked on to this boat and cold drinks or snacks were sold…

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our boat driver spotted another crocodile behind a big rock

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boat ride on the Grijalva River

San Cristobal de las Casas – one of our favourite towns in Mexico

San Cristóbal has a certain ”magic” to it – we immediately fell in love with this wonderful town. It is situated at 2’200m above sea level in a fertile valley surrounded by mountains in the southern state of Chiapas, Mexico. Chiapas is home to several indigenous groups descended from the Maya who inhabit highland villages surrounding San Cristobal. We would have loved to show you their beautiful colourful dresses but they don’t like being photographed. As soon as they saw my camera they were turning around or the kids were running away. We learned later that it has to do that they think that pictures takes away their soul. So of course we respect this.

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great scenery just before San Cristóbal

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the streets of San Cristobal

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the streets of San Cristobal

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it’s very blurry but here you can see how short these indigenous people are…. They travel into town to sell their handmade crafts

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great evening atmosphere

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The cathedral at San Cristobal de las Casas

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great lunch with Karen & Peter at TierrAdentro in San Cristobal

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at TierrAdentro in San Cristobal

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Camping Rancho San Nicolas in San Cristobal de las Casas

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good times at Rancho San Nicolas with fellow travellers

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Karen roasting some wieners….

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who wins?

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Kyra – a German Shepard dog

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Linda & Ronnie from the Netherlands cycling the PanAm

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Breakfast with Karen & Peter

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we will miss you both & the dogs:-)

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Getting ready to leave this great campground

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what NOT to do in San Cristobal…

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