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Nov 23, 2012 - Canyons, crocs and an old city

Dinner last night was another Italian restaurant and one of the cooperatives run by the Zapatistas. Rafa has shared much information about this movement which is very interesting. Bruce had us all peeing our pants laughing with his theories on how to pick up women. When asked how to pick up men he said "you go to a pub...." We waited for the rest but that was it. My bed had two wool blankets and a quilt and I needed all of them. There's no heat and the "fresh" mountain air is down right cold. Theresa and I were up early and searched for...

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Nov 9, 2011 - Visiting San Cristobal De Las Casas and around

We arrived in San Cristobal to discover a beautiful village in the mountains, and the fact that it was pretty freezing! The village and its region has loads to offer, but with only thee days there, we did not want to rush and instead enjoyed tequilas (too much), talking to locals (extremely nice people who do not speak english, good for our practice) and eating (too much also). On our last day there, we met with a local guide Julio, a friend of Miguel who worked at our Tulum hotel. This is definitely the way to meet great people as Julio is...

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Blame it on Rio!

Jun 25, 2011 - San Cristobal de las casas

Bonjour! Nous revoila sur internet! Nous y avons acces tres facilement! Cest gratuit dans certains hotels ou lon va! Alors on en profite car le prochain endoit ou l;on se rend, Palenque, il n;y en aura pas puisque nous serons totalement dans la Jungle!!!! San Cristobal est une autre petite ville coloniale charmante! Elle se situe dans les montagnes alors disons que la temperature est pas mal plus fraiche!!! Nous sommes descendue plus bas aujourd hui et le contraste est impressionant! Hier, nous avons visiter deux petits villages maya! Il y...

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Jun 11, 2011 - San Cristobal de Las Casas

Well, I've made it to the State of Chiapas in the wonderful city of San Cristobal de Las Casas. I ended up taking a half day tour going on a boat ride through Sumidero Canyon and it was fantastic. This particular boat ride was great as I got to see some amazing picturesque areas in the canyon and even got to see a few crocodiles along the way. Pictures can be found here. I even got the opportunity to take a half day tour visiting a native town in Mexico where the native's still practice their own customs, religion, language, and laws. These...

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May 19, 2011 - San Cristobal de Las Casas

was fuer ein name, was fuer ein ort. hier scheint die auslaendische alternativenklave zu sein. vegane cafes, yogaklassen, ashrams, kunstlaeden,...aber auch die uebel, welche eine offensichtliche anzahl westlicher touristen anzieht: bettelnde kinder, die ihrem werke nachgehen, da es immer noch westliche touristen gibt, die geld geben und den kindern somit die chance auf 1 schulbildung verderben, da betteln lukrativer sein kann, als der hart verdiente tageslohn des vaters. eine direkte spende an hilfsprojekte vor ort oder brauchbares...

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May 14, 2011 - San Cristobal De Las Casas

Finally in Mexico!! Though it doesn't feel as Mexican as I thought it was. Apparently that is because the state we are in as protests against being 'Mexican' which is slightly odd, but oh well! On the bus in a saw a maHOOssive bull just tied up at the side of the road which I thought a potential catastrophe, obviously the mexicans are very trusting of thier animals.I also saw a few ranches which excited me quite a lot! Never seen a proper ranch before! Ha. Here in San Cristobal, we stayed in a really friendly hostel whose owners, about...

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Jan 15, 2011 - San Cristobal, Palenque & Campeche

We got to San Cristobal mid morning on the 11th January after another fun night bus. We left our bags at the hostel and went hunting for coffee and to explore the town. We had a bit of a look around then headed back to our hostel for a siesta. Brendan wasn't feeling very well that afternoon so I went out to explore alone. I went through the Mercado where the locals sell Zapatista dolls, leather, and heaps of handicrafts made in the surrounding villages. After that I went up into the pedestrian streets and did some people watching and had...

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Nov 9, 2010 - Day 9

Day 9 - Puerto Escondido to San Cristobal de las Casas Starting Odometer: 31700 Miles traveled today: 400 Gas: I'm starting to lose track because we stop to top off lot... Left at 5:00 a.m. as planned...waited for coffee at our favorite coffee shop but, alas, they opened at 6:00 a.m. instead of 5:00. Bummer! Hit the road and, because it was so early, had to buy coffee at OXXO using a pass through in the glass doors - but it got the job done! Today's ride was as diverse as they come. We started at the ocean - the undisputed surf capital of...

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Jun 17, 2010 - San Cristóbal de Las Casas

We arrived in San Cristóbal with some guys we met in Puerto Escondido, although confusion when we got to the bus stop from the aussie- "No I don't think we're here yet, the driver said we're in Bienvenidos"! The town looked really pretty, like Oaxaca but with more bars and restaurants in the centre, thank god! We spent ages shopping at the market, they had loads of cool handmade things, and everything was really cheap. San Cristóbal is really cold because of the altitude, and it rained pretty uch non-stop whilst we were there, it was like...

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Apr 9, 2010 - Day 7-8 San Cristóbal de las Casas

Day 7 13 hours on the night bus (aka the red eye) we finally got to San Cristobal de Las Casas in the Chiapas. 2500 meters high. Got to the hotel, dropped off our stuff and ran to the bus for a river tour. River was ok, I got some good pictures of the area, lots of birds and 1 crocodile. And the guide only spoke Spanish. Stopped at a small town for a bite to eat and a cold beer. I think a shower would have been nicer 1st, but we didn't have time. Got back from the river mid afternoon, had an early dinner then went to a very nice wine and...

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Feb 2, 2010 - San Cristobal de las Casas via Tuxtla

Only 20 min. walk from Don Alex Hotel to bus...another sunny, windy day but humid. Glad we are walking in early AM. Beautiful mtns, tho many places trees gone, replaced by corn on steep hillsides. Not a formula for sustainability. Arr in S.C. del Casas about 4 and hiked 1 km to Posada Mexico Hostel - there are 2 w/ this name very close tog. Luckily we came to this one 1st, nice open sitting area outside, lots of folks, friendly...on corner of Josefa Ortiz and Felipe Flores. 2/3 Caught colectivo to Chamula - main attraction, the Church...not...

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Jan 30, 2010 - San Cristobal (Jan 30 - 9 Mar)

After a short visit to the zoo in Tuxtla Gutierrez, the capital of Chiapas, finally made it to San Cristobal de Las Casas, which is about 50 miles from Tuxtla on the libre (free road)...long winding mountain road to 7000 feet, climate is much cooler. Went from a humid 80 degrees to quite chilly 50's in San Cristobal. The central plaza was very alive and bustling...very "Old World Euro Hip". Lots of European tourists, Rastafarian's, young and old travelers worldwide ...Mayan Indians selling their textiles and crafts. Beautiful colors. Stayed...

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