The return to Mexico
Trip Start Jul 18, 2009
19Trip End Aug 16, 2009
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Hotel Villa Real
We are finally back in Mexico. Yesterday we left Lake Atilan (which, in contrast to the day before, looked like a mill pond - the views as we climbed away from it were pretty spectacular) and had a big driving day to get us across the border to San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico.
Given that it was our one really long day in the van, the drive wasnŽt too bad. We left the lake at 7.30am ish, and got here - having gained an hour - by 5.30pm. There were good views along the way, and the border crossing was very straight-forward (for us, at least - IŽm glad I wasnŽt driving: there is this crazy market between Guatemala and Mexico that you have to drive through to cross the border. People selling stuff everywhere and cars, buses and lorries trying to navigate through it all!).
Last night we went for dinner, a couple of beers and to a club with live music to show off our new salsa moves. Lots of fun.
San Cristobal is a cool sort of place. It has lots of colonial buildings (like Antigua) but is also heavily influenced by the 20-odd Mayan tribes that still live in the hills around it. The weather here is a bit different. It is still warm but it rains for a couple of hours most afternoons.
IŽm not sure if it us acclimatising or a drop in the heat, but ever since leaving Caye Caulker, weŽve been much better at dealing with the heat and humidity (to the extent that it hasnŽt really been that noticable of late). It is lovely and cool here in the evenings (Kate even mentioned she was cold last night as we ventured out for dinner) though this morning brought us a bright blue sky and hot sunshine. Its about 4pm ish here now, and weŽve just had the first shower of the day.
WeŽve spent the day wandering through the town, looking at some of the churches and spending money in the markets. The woven goods produced by the locals are superb, and weŽll be coming home with substantially more luggage than we left with.
We stay in San Cristobal tonight and tomorrow. Tomorrow I think Ivan plans to take us to some of the indigenous villages that surround this town, which promises to be interesting. After that, we head further north towards Palenque - it is hard to believe we only have a week of the trip left!