So this is Zapatista country!!
Trip Start Sep 06, 2006
54Trip End Apr 01, 2007
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This morning was a bright and early start 5:45 to get the bus at 6:30, which actually didnīt come until 7. Pretty much standard. The thing is, around here, you never know when something could be on time, so you have to be. It was a pretty full bus, and I got to sit next to the hilarious Mexican ladies who were thrilled to be zooming through the mountains and being thrown side to side on the bus. Most entertaining.
What was not entertaining was breakfast. I ordered a club sandwich (it seemed the safest option!), could only stomach half (soooo gross...), and didnīt eat for the next 24 hours. haha. It was THAT bad.
We took our little bus up through the mountains, rushing through the hills, being thrown side to side in the bus around sharp corners. I still am not sure whether or not our driver was reckless or an extremely talented driver. Since I arrived alive, Iīll have to go with the later. We passed through some Zapatista autonomous zones, much to my delight, but were unable to stop for safety reasons. I canīt make any sort of educated comments about them, as I only drove through, but Iīd have loved to have stopped and checked things out...perhaps when my Spanish improves some.
Then it was on to waterfalls and Palenque. They were great! Palenque was particularly interesting as it is set in the jungle, and is downright steamy! I walked around sweating for the better part of two hours...walking up and down hills and generally seeing the sights. The Aussies that I was travelling with were significantly smarter than me though...when they got to the bottom of the sight, they took a cab up to the top. haha. I walked. Dumb.
Then it was back on the bus, suffering through a few more hours of wild driving.
Costs: Day trip to Palenque, 26$, terrible sandwich 4$, water 3$, hostel 5$