Nooo! Not the archaeological sites too!

Trip Start Apr 23, 2009
Trip End May 23, 2009

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Overnight bus to Oaxaca

Flag of Mexico  , Central Mexico and Gulf Coast,
Tuesday, April 28, 2009

No cases had been reported of the flu in Puebla so far. It probably added to the sense of security for us when we arrived into the city. Mexican buses are exceptional compared to choices back home. A collectivo dropped us off at the outskirts of the Centro Historico and we walked 5 blocks to the Hostel Santo Domingo for the evening. Everything in this city closed by 8 p.m. The only food options were around the plaza of the cathedral where there was a myriad of restaurants serving international cuisines. Where is this Italian Coffee House from anyways? Itīs like the Starbucks of Mexico with one on every corner. Puebla struck us as being a very lovely city, lovely except for minor pollution problem. I hope UNESCO will make them ban cars from the streets like they did in Lijiang.

The colectivo picked us up at the corner of 13 Norte and 4 Pontiente for Cholula. We only paid 5 pesos each for the 30 minute ride which dropped us off 2 blocks from the Zocalo. Compared to Mexico City, Cholula is like a town in a coma. The streets were so calm and you could barely hear the rush of traffic except in the outskirts of town. Old man sat on park benches chatting and students were sipping coffee in outdoor cafes in the central plaza. A legend has it that when Cortez conquered the area, he promised to build one church to celebrate each day of the year. He never did quite make it to 365 but the area does have over 100 churches to its name.

We walked to the Zona Archaeologica hoping to run through the tunnels of the pyramid complex. When we got there a guide told us it had also been closed. Slightly down, we hiked up to the top for a magnificent view of the surrounding areas and the Volcano Popocatepetl that had been spewing plumes of ash into the sky. Legend has it that Ixtaccihuatl, the adjacent volcano to Popo was a princess who fell in love with him. Popo was a warrior that was sent to Oaxaca to fight. The princess was told that he had been killed in battle and in her grief, she died. When Popo returned from war to found her dead, he too died of a broken heart. If you look closely, you can see that the image of the twin volcanoes is that of a reclining woman with a warrior kneeling beside her in eternal grief.

The Ticketbus counter is located inside of the Multipack building. Since all the museums were closed, our only option back in Puebla was to visit the churches. Religious buildings operated on a limited schedule with a siesta between the hours of noon and 4 p.m. We purchased tickets to Oaxaca on the OCC premier class for 300 pesos and sampled the famous Puebla invented Mole Pablano. Not too shabby!

Our night bus left at midnight and would arrive in Oaxaca by 4 a.m. I called the Nizadu Hostel to make sure they were expecting us. They confirmed that Monte Alban was still open. With that, we were off to Oaxaca.
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