Tuxtla Gutiérrez

Trip Start Aug 01, 2006
Trip End Sep 01, 2006

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Sunday, August 6, 2006

On our last day in Mexico City Andres and I went to the National Museum of Anthropology. The museum is amazing and in a nice part of town by a park and a zoo. We were surprised to find Reforma Blvd. blocked even that far down. The campers have parked their tents for miles along this artery of Mexico City.

We just arrived from Tuxtla Gutiérrez to San Cristóbal de las Casas. We took an overnight bus ride (about 13 hours) to Tuxtla Thursday night. The idea was to sleep on the way, thus saving hotel money, but the air conditioning system dripped on my head, keeping me awake. The bus was very nice with reclining seats, baño, movies, & air conditioning ;) Our hotel let us check in early, so we took a nap and then went out to explore the town. Tuxtla has a good bit of live music during the daytime. We came accross 3 or 4 restaurant/bars away from the city center where live bands played under thatch roofs to relatively full houses. What a surprise for early on a Friday afternoon. Food was free with drinks, and the band where we were was very good. I still have "What´s Up," the 4 Non-Blondes song, going through my head after hearing it here. A clown was making balloon animals for the kids and the ceviche was pretty good. From the restaurant/bar we walked to the eastern (I think) end of the town where it meets the hills. We saw a double rainbow and got a good bit of exercise climbing the hills.

We awakened early this morning to make our way to Chiapa del Corzo from where we took a boat through the Sumidero Canyon (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sumidero_Canyon) which has the most amazing waterfall called El Chorreadero (see my pictures). The Cañon del Sumidero national park is quite an amazing rainforest park. I was not expecting it to be so luxurious nor so beautiful. It is well developed with a restaurant, swimming pool, aviary, a couple caged large cats, ziplines, kayaking, etc. Regardless of all this, the natural environment is mostly unspoiled (except for the thousands of plastic bottles floating in the river). We spent several hours there. We took the zipline, which was a lot of fun. The pool was fantastic. We then kayaked back to the El Chorreadero Waterfall to get a closer look. We weren´t supposed to go that far from the dock, but we couldn´t resist. We road back to Chiapa del Corzo in the rain and had dinner. Our waitress was exactly 11 years old. We ate while watching a procession, we think in veneration of a saint. There were loud fireworks and horse-drawn carriages. Then a large group was assembled to watch a very good performance by a xylophone quartet in the central park. We returned to Tuxtla by 7 or so and took a microbus to San Cristóbal de las Casas.

San Cristóbal de las Casas is a lovely, happening town. Just walking to the hotel at 10:00 we saw a good number of people in the central park, lots of open restaurants and bars, live music, and lots of people in the streets. The buildings are old, mostly from the colonial days. Our hotel is charming at an amazing price. Tomorrow we plan to relax and explore the town. Then we will move on to see more ruins in Palenque (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palenque).
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