Sunday, 5 April 2020

Palenque | Mexico

     To put it bluntly, Palenque is a pain in the arse to get to. It's a long drive from whichever other location you're coming from, and there's really not all that much to see there. This post cover two days out of our trip, and at least half of each day was given over to driving to and from Palenque. So why bother going at all? Simply put, the pyramids. They're located a short drive out of the town itself, tucked away in the tropical jungles, and are magnificent examples of an ancient Maya city state. We only stayed one night in Palenque town, as there's nothing else there to see, but we did make some stops on the way there, to break up such long driving days.

Palenque archaeological site, Chiapas, Mexico

Thursday, 2 April 2020

San Cristobal de las Casas | Mexico

     When most people think of Mexico, they probably think of either dusty, rocky desert landscapes peppered with cacti, or tropical ocean coastlines. What you probably don't think of is having to wear extra layers of clothing, under the drizzle and misty clouds floating atop mountain ranges! But that's exactly what San Cristobal de las Casas, a small town hidden away in the heights of the Chiapas Highlands. There were still plenty of cobblestoned streets and colourful buildings to be found, bustling with locals and backpackers alike, and there's a large indigenous population, as well as an Argentinian influence, as its fairly similar to their climate. It's definitely a smaller town than any other we'd been to so far, so it's a popular base for exploring more of Chiapas state.

Sumidero Canyon, Chiapas State, Mexico

Monday, 30 March 2020

Oaxaca | Mexico

     I feel like I need to preface this post by stating that Oaxaca was definitely Cintia's favourite place on the whole trip, as she proceeded to tell me every single day after it! I liked it a lot as well, but perhaps just not quite so passionately as her. Oaxaca is actually a whole state, but we were just visiting Oaxaca City, and some of the surrounding areas. Like Mexico City and Puebla before it, the town centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site (alongside the Monte Alban ruins nearby), and is famous as the birthplace of Benito Juárez, an indigenous Zapotec (one of the 16 Pre-Hispanic groups from this state) who became one of Mexico's most significant presidents. It's also a popular location for people coming to learn Spanish, and I did get a bit of a backpacker/hipster vibe from the town centre, and it's a very artistic town, with lots of local crafts, galleries, and artists hailing from the town. From Puebla, it was a half day bus journey, through dramatic mountain scenery, to where Oaxaca lies in a valley amidst it all.

Calle Macedonio Alcala, Oaxaca, Mexico

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