Day 24: Tuxtla Gutiérrez - San Cristóbal De Las Casas

San Cristobal de Las Casas Travel Blog

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The streets of San Cristóbal

In the afternoon we took the bus to San Cristóbal de las Casas, which from now on I shall simply call San Cristóbal, because it is too much to type the whole name all the time.

It's a very nice city, in the heart of Chiapas and at the edge of Maya country, through which we shall be travelling the next three weeks. So goodbye Aztec, hello Maya!

One thing that makes this city very special in Mexico is that they have really good coffee. A tiny coffee corner in the centre had a huge sign outside “we have really good coffee”. Just the fact that they are aware that this is something unique in this country gave us the confidence that they might be telling the truth.

And good coffee attracts Dutch, obviously.

Zócalo of San Cristóbal de las Casas
It is funny that in the four weeks I have been in Mexico I hardly met any fellow country men, but here in San Cristóbal they just seem to everywhere!

We struck a conversation with a Dutch couple and together we moved to a different pub, where they had an all night Happy Hour - very nice!
They were travelling in opposite direction, so it was very nice to talk to them about where they had been and getting tips on places and hostels. On the other hand we were able to give them tips on where to go when travelling east.

Before we knew it it was a quarter past 10, and we realised we had just walked into town 'to have a look'. Ah well, let's do the sightseeing tomorrow.

The four of us had dinner in an Uruguayan restaurant (with imported pampas steak - yummie!) and went to bed straight after that.

San Cristóbal lies at an altitude of nearly 1700 metres and at night it really cools down. We were freezing at night! The past weeks I have been constantly travelling from hot to cold to hot to cold - that can't be healthy for a human being!

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The streets of San Cristóbal
The streets of San Cristóbal
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