Relax en/in San Cristóbal de las Casas


San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas
22 y 23 de Julio, 2011
Palenque a San Cristóbal de las Casas: 5 hs

San Cristóbal de las Casas es un pueblito perdido en las montañas, muy colonial, con casitas pintadas de colores fuertes y callecitas de adoquines. Muchos cafés, muchas artesanías y muchos turistas. Llegamos pasado el mediodía después de haber estado en las cascadas de Agua Azul. Almorzamos y salimos a caminar por el centro. Al rato ya empezamos a sentir frío, estábamos a casi 2000 m.s.n.m. y eso se sentía. Nos fuimos a un camping directo y al llegar nos encontramos con un lugar lindo y limpio. Además, otra familia de Nueva Zelanda con dos chicas estaba en el lugar. Los chicos se pusieron a jugar con ellas de inmediato y L y E también charlaron con los papás. Después nos fuimos todos caminando hacia el zócalo a comer algo. El centro estaba lleno de gente, y había un espectáculo por la semana de Chiapas?. Después de cenar, todos a dormir a la carpa. La noche fue un poco agitada, entre gallos que cantaban a cualquier hora, perros que se peleaban, petardos para celebrar cumpleaños (así es la costumbre por estos lados) y finalmente las campanadas de la iglesia como a las 6 am. Cuando nos levantamos, T y M se fueron a jugar con las chicas, desayunamos todos juntos y después nos fuimos al centro a disfrutar del sol. Paseamos bastante, visitamos la catedral y la iglesia de santo domingo, la feria de artesanías y la feria de ámbar (que es muy típica de Chiapas). Almorzamos con las chicas y la mamá y ya nos despedimos de ellos que se volvían a USA y de ahí a NZ. Nosotros seguimos paseando hasta que un chaparrón nos empapó. Ahí corrimos a un café a tomar algo calentito y comer unos postres. A la nochecita, recorrimos los puestitos de artesanías del zócalo y compramos una cebra y una jirafa gigantes para T y M. Felices casi sin poder cargar a los nuevos tripulantes nos fuimos hacia el camping. Nos despertamos tempranito con el sol, guardamos la carpa y nos fuimos a desayunar. Nos entretuvimos jugando y mirando la compu, y al final cerca de las 11 partimos hacia Oaxaca.

San Cristóbal de las Casas
Our second stop in México was San Cristóbal de las Casas, a small charming colonial town. Several streets are for pedestrian traffic only and lined with bars, restaurants, and small shops selling anything you can imagine but mostly handcrafts. The town is at about 2000 meters so temperatures are cooler than we’ve been experiencing lately and drop quickly after sunset. We tricked L into camping using the surprise method by heading directly to a campsite that was listed in the guidebook. It turned out to be quite a nice place just outside town. At the campsite was a great kiwi family that had been traveling for 11 months throughout Central America and were returning home the following days. M and T had a great time playing with the two girls and E and L spent some time talking with the adults. The campsite was a nice ~25 min walk from downtown and we went back and forth several times. The nights turned out to be a little cold and noisy. Cold was no problem because we have warm sleeping bags but we didn’t have earplugs… Lots of dogs barking followed by what seemed thousands of roosters singing throughout the night, interspersed with loud firework explosions and early morning bells ringing from several nearby churches. M and T didn’t seem to notice any of this and were happy to sleep on top of the car again.
Early the first morning E and T quietly got out of the tent and went in search of breakfast. We couldn’t find any bakeries around and ended up buying some week-old bread. While we were walking a man dressed in bright orange run past us ringing a bell like crazy. E had to explain this was no Santa. We were told this is the ‘trash call’ and this man runs a few block ahead of the garbage truck so that everyone puts out the trash.
Also there appeared to be an excess number of ‘tortillerias’, places dedicated exclusively to the production of wheat or corn tortillas. Each tortilleria has its own machine that is fed dough at one end and spits warm tortillas at the other. They all sold 1 kg for 13 mexican pesos (just over a dollar). A lot of tortilla for your buck. T eats loads of them whenever he gets a chance.
Our visit to San Cristóbal also coincided with the annual Amber expo and a celebration involving lots of dresses and dancing (can’t remember what this was for). But we mostly just chilled, walking around town without much in mind.
In just a few days, we’ve experienced many new things in México. We’re having a great time so far!
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