more impressions of fantastic Chipas (part 2)

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We were told from Mexicans that we absolutely have to visit the state of Chiapas if we want to experience the “real, authentic” Mexico. Both our posts about Chiapas prove that this state is definitely one of our favourite, if not the most and definitely worth coming back.

In San Cristobal we were debating to either driving north via Ocosingo to Palenque OR the long way around on Mex# 307 along the border to Guatemala. Shannon & Joshua (The Next Adventures) helped us make the decision for Option 2 because they just did the loop and gave us very helpful tips and motivated us to experience Lacandon Jungle. Thanks guys.

So glad we chose to drive this road. The road is in great shape but of course many “topes” (=speed bumps). Military checkpoints are frequent from the Carretera Fronteriza along the Guatemalan border. I think there were at least 6 of them but our car was checked only twice and the people were very friendly.

It was incredibly scenic and we experienced a “new & different” Mexico. We just love & appreciate Mexico’s diversity.

Cascada El Chiflón

Located in the middle of a valley of reeds, mountains and jungle, are the “Las Cascadas el Chiflón”, meaning “big whistle.” The Waterfalls at El Chiflon are actually two waterfalls. The smaller one at the bottom is what gives the falls their name but the main waterfall, Cascada Velo de Novia, which more or less means “Bridal Veil”, falls more than 225 feet into a crystal clear blue pool. A well-made path leads 1.3km up alongside the forest-lined Río San Vicente (which has good swimming spots) to a series of increasingly dramatic and picturesque waterfalls. See for yourself……:

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what a view – driving from Tzimol to Cascada El Chiflón

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exactly what I needed on a hot tropical day…

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awesome pools that run for almost a mile and are perfect for swimming in on hot tropical days

The road along the border to Guatemala – Mex# 307

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we love these awesome fruit & vegetables stands along the roads

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Campamento Lacadones & the Mayan ruins of Bonampak

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great swimming in the jungle river “Río Lacanjá” right next to our camp. Before we jumped in we asked the owners about crocodile.. you never know?!

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a beautiful Scarlet Macaw (like a parrot) up in tree next to our camp

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we were lucky to see this beautiful Scarlet Macaw (a large, red, yellow and blue parrot)

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Relaxing in a hammock at Campamento Lacadones

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very nice & clean bathroom/shower at Campamento Lacadones 

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The Bonampak ruins are known for their color murals

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the murals are located within the structures

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The Bonampak ruins are known for their color murals

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Palenque – Mayan ruins in the jungle palace

We camped at the Mayabell Campground. At night we heard the howler monkeys and spotted them the next morning feeding in the trees in front of the museum. The archeological site is impressive and interesting, we especially enjoyed the amazing jungle. It was really hot that day. So you climb one ruin and come back down and find immediately some shade and hope for a little breeze.

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a baby howler monkey grabbing a fruit – so sweet to watch this little guy

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Howler monkey in Palenque

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Ivan climbing a ruin, while I preferred to sit in the shade….

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a Palenque mask

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