Wednesday, 28 January 2015

La Muela Volcano Xela

At 2900m

We organised our tour to La Muela Volcano from Xela. We walked for about 1 1/2 hours from the town, we meet a local woman aged about 85 and her granddaughter walking the same way. She walks this root every day to go to work! At the top of the hill before the climb to the top of the volcano there is a shop, where we stopped for a rest and a drink. There was 4 police men who said they will walk to the top with us. They was great entertainment as they started singing. They even thought I was Nicholas Cage lol. We organised our tour to La Muela Volcano from Xela. We walked for about 1 1/2 hours from the town, we meet a local woman aged about 85 and her granddaughter walking the same way. She walks this root every day to go to work! At the top of the hill before the climb to the top of the volcano there is a shop, where we stopped for a rest and a drink. There was 4 police men who said they will walk to the top with us. They was great entertainment as they started singing. They even thought I was Nicholas Cage lol. The climb was quite challenging as there was many rocks, but the views was breathtakingly. On the way back down from the shop, we took a ride back in a pickup truck with the police.












Great views

Photo shoot with Nicholas Cage

Adios Policia

A well deserved chicken soup on our return

Monday, 26 January 2015

Comitán

is the fourth-largest city in the Mexican state of Chiapas. Often overlooked, by those who travel to and from Guatemala to San Cristobal de la Casas

We stayed at Posada Las Flores. 1a Avenida Poniente Norte #17 Centro Historico. It's alright for a night or two. it is cheap! See TripAdvisor

It's not far to walk from Cristobal Colón main bus station on Boulevard Drive on the main High Way. This is where you will also find mini buses Colectivos to the Frontier for Guatemala and to Cascada el Chiflon, Velo De Novia
There are 2 bus terminals for 2 different entrances to the lakes. Buses to Largo Montebello are from Calla 2a. Av. Poniente Sur 29
There are 2 tourist information offices, The state tourest office on the main plaza "Central Park" in a wooden box and the municipal tourest office just off the plaza, on Calle Central Norte (Dr. Belisario Domínguez)

Border crossing to Guatemala, (Ciudad Cuauhtemoc/La Mesilla) we took the mini bus at 5 am. Mx$50, passport control opens at 7 am. We did not have to pay to leave Mexico as we had arrived by plane. If you entered Mex by land or sea and stayed more then 7 days you will need to pay the new charge of Mx$325. We did get asked to pay 10Q each when we entered Guatemala.  

Iglesia de santo domingo, built during the 16th and 17th centuries.

Iglesia Comitan

Street food in the plaza, very tasty & cheap

Iglesia de santo domingo

Time for a short back & sides

Plenty of restaurants and coffee houses around the plaza

Buses to Largo Montebello are from Calla 2a. Av. Poniente Sur 29 

Cascada el Chiflon, Velo De Novia

Wonderful waterfalls less than 1 hour from Comitán.
Take mini bus colectivo from Boulevard Drive on the main High Way 190 just up from Cristobal Colón main bus station.
Cascada el Chiflon closes at 5 pm and the last 2 waterfalls close at 4 pm.
There are five waterfalls that make up this group: Suspiro, Ala de Ángel, Velo de Novia, Arcoiris and Quinceañera.


Velo de Novia 120 meters high


Saturday, 24 January 2015

Canon del Sumidero

Sumidero Canyon is a narrow and deep canyon surrounded by a national park located just north of the city of Chiapa de Corzo in the Mexican state of Chiapas.

Take mini bus Colectivo from just past Cristóbal Colón bus station



  



Plastic bottles but not a plastic crocodile


Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Instituto Jovel Spanish School & Stay With A Mexican Family

In San Cristobal de las Casas.

Book your Spanish lessons and family stay with Instituto Jovel

Breakfast with the With the Mendez's. Our new Mexican family we have moved in with, they are very nice and cook very good food

salsa Mole, con pollo y arroz

Omelet con platano frito

Sopa

Tostadas con huevos, fruita y cafe

For lunch, chicken. salad and spaghetti

Saturday, 17 January 2015

The Tzotzil Maya villages of San Juan Chamula and San Lorenzo de Zinacantán.

Both places have retained much of their unique cultural identity, including a religion that is a blend of traditional animist belief and Catholicism.

The church at Chamula, where you may be a spectator at some intense religious ritual. No photos allowed to be taken inside, but was full of lit candles, saint's in glass cabinet's, pine needles on the floor and many local indigenous people.

Tortillas

 3 types of maize

Tortillas made the traditional way, with beans, cheese, ground pumpkin seeds and chili

The church at Chamula

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Chiapa de corzo festival

the Fiesta de Los Parachicos is held every January, often described as the best mestizo festival in southeastern Mexico. Its rich customs and colorful traditions are the result of a blending of three different cultures: Maya, European and African, the latter from the slaves who came to the area in the 16th and 17th centuries. The festival is held to honor Chiapa de Corzo's three patron saints: the Lord of Esquipulas, St. Antonio Abad and St. Sebastian the Martyr, on the 15th, 17th and 20th of January respectively.

In our foot steps; from San Cristobal Del las casas, take the colectivo M$40 to Santa Fe on highway 190D and then the bus  to Chiapas de corzo M$7

Santo Domingo Church


Playing drums and reed flutes


Their masks are made with cedar or guanacaste (endemic tree, whose wood is used to make furniture), they are carved to resemble a Spaniard, and then lacquered with oil obtained from an insect called aje (Cocus axin). Their wigs, adorned with flowers and ribbons, are made with ixtle (a rough fiber derived from agave plants). They also wear brightly-colored wool or cotton ponchos over their sequin and spangle-embroidered leggings. Shaking their rattles and dancing wildly, parachicos appear on the 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 20th, 22nd and 23rd of January, when they tour the neighborhoods of Chiapa de Corzo. They are accompanied by a "boss" who wears a different mask to separate him from the others.