San Cristobal de Las Casas Travel Blog› entry 5 of 41 › view all entries
We got off the bus and started walking to the hostel we had chosen from the lonely planet. The first hotel we walk past has a promotion rooms for 100 pesos, excellent our hostel must be cheaper than this we thought. So we keep walking the extra 1km resting in the zocalo so katie can rest as her bag has the worlds most uncomfortable straps. We finally arrive, only to find that the hostel is 200 pesos and little more than a shed ( a very nice shed). When i tell Katie the first hotel we passed was 100 pesos she is not impressed. So first thing the next morning we head straight back to the hotel with the promotion. It was not a shed but more dirty than any you could imagine with sand paper sheets and pillows stuffed with lumps of wool or something, but at least we have an ensuite.
San Cristobal is a beautiful small city in the heart of Chiapas. It´s at 2100m so it is much cooler than we have started to become accustomed to. Our first day of tours was to Chamula which was a tradtional indigenous village a few miles outside the city. It was really interesting. Katie was amazed by their beautiful clothes that are really colourful with big furry skirts made from wool. She was upset that you couldn´t take pictures becuase it takes their soul. We were allowed in the church which is more a place of healing and heard chickens being killed which is all part of the ceremony. We went to second village to visit a family who wove/weaved? clothes aswell as making us delicious tortillas.
The next day we went on a tour to Tuxla to the Somidera Canyon which is the setting for the symbol of Chiapas. Understandably so because the veiws were breath taking i went crazy with the camera and took about 50 pictures. We had almost come to the end of the tour and were a liitle annoyed that we had been told you get to see Crocs and Spider monkeys when we pull up next to a 4 meter crocodile.
Next day was sent trying to be cheap so we went to the museum of Mayan medicine then the museum Na Blom which was about a European couple who move to Mexico in the 50´s and spent there lives researching and protecting the indigenous populations in Chiapas. Katie wishes she was them. Both museums were very interesting and more importantly cheap. O yeah we bought some traditional medicine for our colds and it´s been effective.
Today we get up and get the bus to Tuxla for our flight to Merida.