It was hard to pull ourselves away from the beautiful beaches and amazing kiting in the Yucatan, but the road was calling us, and this time it was calling us to the lush tropical landscapes in the southeastern part of Mexico, the state of Chiapas. If you haven’t noticed by now, Mexico is full of diverse landscapes!
George and I caravaned with Cory and his dog Bones to Chiapas to visit the Mayan ruins of Palenque, our first ruins of the trip! Palenque was a Mayan city that flourished from 500 – 700 AD. Our time spent wandering around the grounds in the rain and mist certainly exceeded our expectations. The place really feels quite magical.
San Cristobal de las Casas
We really loved being in the rain-forest and mountains, and decided to continue on to a town in the mountains of Chiapas called San Cristobal de las Casas. We were a little leery of the road since we had heard of road blocks set up by the indigenous people who live in the mountains towns along the main road from Palenque to Chiapas, but it turned out to be quite mellow (aside from the 200 topes we encountered, and a couple ropes strung up by some kids looking to sell us things). When we arrived in San Cristobal we got a very distinct hippy feel, and were presently surprised by how much we liked the town. It was great going to an actual yoga class again, and eating our fill of veggies and drinking plenty of jugo verde. There were also an abundance of people dressed traditional indigenous clothing that was quite colorful, however we had heard that it was considered quite rude to take photos without asking, so you won’t see any photos of the dress – click here to see some examples.
We even managed to catch an obra (play/theater performance) in town that was about Pakal, one of the most famous rulers of Palenque during the 6th century. This live performance really gave us an idea of what it was like to live back then, and was a perfect way to wrap up our time in Chiapas.
Our time in Chiapas was quite short, but we do plan to drive back through this area to see some of the more remote mountain areas when we head towards Guatemala (more on why we are doubling back this way in a future post). Right now we are enjoying city life again in Oaxaca and hit the coast tomorrow! Hasta Luego!