San Cristóbal de las Casas

Trip Start Sep 30, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Posada Ganesha

Flag of Mexico  , Chiapas,
Tuesday, January 17, 2012

In San Cristóbal I have checked out a few options in the Lonely Planet and like Posada Ganesha the best. We headed there first and were offered a really nice double room with shared bathroom. Since we wanted to check another recommendation we had a look at another place, which was nice but much more expensive. So we went back to Posada Ganesha, I am so happy we did since we met some great people there! That night we were greeted by Esteban, a Mexican/ American guy working and living at the hostel. It was a very cold night for us since most hostels do not have heating and the temperature probably dropped to below 10 degrees. During the night Ramón started feeling fairly bad, he still got up the next morning and we took a little walk around time. Early afternoon he could not stand up any longer and went to bed, and literally stayed there for 3 days. He had a really high temperature, headaches and shivers. So I did little sightseeing on my own combine with nurse duty going to the pharmacy, getting the little food he was interested in and refilling his water bottle. By the third day there was a bit of improvement and I had started chatting to some people at the hostel, there was Helen an English girl, Gesine, a German girl and Itziar, a Basque/ Mexican girl. Together with Esteban, Ramón and Fabian, the owner of the hostel, it felt like we had a complete little family at the Ganesha. We spent most nights curled up on the sofa with lots of layers of clothes and sometimes even a sleeping bag covering us, just chatting and having beers. After a few nights, another Spanish girl, Blanca, and an English girl, Fay, showed up and joined the group. We did a great excursion to go and visit some indigenous villages, Gesine recommended a tour she had made the week before and we went on the Sunday, as it is market day. The tour is arranged by 3 local guys that have been doing the same tours over 25 years and have created a very understanding relationship with the locals in the villages. They have studied their beliefs and traditions and tell you all the know. They were very well informed and it was one of the best tours we have done in a long time. To find them, you need to go to the big cross on the square in front of the cathedral any morning before 9.30 and they gather the groups. The tour can be done in English or in Spanish and the groups are small. They bring you in minivans to two different villages.

Another day we went to the Mayan Medicine Museum, that was also very interesting and showed again what we had been told on the tour a few days ago. Since we were not in a rush to get to Mérida we stayed until Tuesday night the 17th January when we got the overnight bus back to Mérida.
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