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San Cristobal

all seasons in one day

We ended up taking a luxurious coach (this was like £27) for this trip as it was gonna be like 11/12 hours from Oaxcaca to San Cristobal. Was it worth it????... No bcz I did not get any sleep lol.

We had arrived in San Cristobal another small village kinda reminded me of Bicester Village....small, dinky, brightly coloured facades and it had a very mayfair kinda atmosphere is a weird way. I say weird because there were - the rich locals who drove very nice cars, looked very smart. Then you would have the traditional locals who wore brightly coloured woven tops and skirts (for the women) and the men wore these kind of sleeveless overall tops that looked hairy lol - pls refer to the pics.

So far in each place a lot of the people have mobile shops, so wherever they move they take their goods - from clothers, to a juice maker, carts of diff type of nuts....get the picture?

We stayed at the Las Igunas hostel - nice people very laid back and thank god the showers were warm! Several of the people staying here actually work there to because they love the place so much that they don't wanna go home or just are broke and need to raise funds! As soon as we arrived they checked us in (7.30am) which is very rare as they only do this at midday plus we also got breakfast so double :o))

The hostel was located near a small sq with mini shops around and a primary school but very peacefull! A lot of the locals here wore Hollister and Ferrari tops...weird. I also liked that some of the men actually wore cowboy hats lol

I'd must admit today after the bus journey I was tired, shattered and missing home...I know it's not even been a month hahaha. As we walked from the bus station to the hostel I got to see more and less the town So I decided that I was not gonna do anything today apart from chilling. The guys at the hostel were more welcoming which was a bonus.

I actually went out with them to a local bar called 'Revloution Bar' they had a live reggae set for an hour. I tried a local beer here which was an experience because the pitcher was filled to the top with the beer itself and shit loads of....yep you guessed it Tabasco chilli. On the rim of the glasses they were coated with salt....weird taste hahah cz the beer was actually fizzy. The set was amazing very laid back and I do get the feeling the music that the locals love is reggae and salsa but I do hear the odd Akon or Pitbull blasting from car radios or even in the markets!

The second venue that I went to was a Salsa place - this is were I was learnt how to salsa with the locals hahahah very funny. I had a blast met a guy called Paul from sunny Highbury and Islington :o)
Got back to the hostel at 3am...not good because I had to get up by 5.30am as we were going to be picked up by the mini bus for our guided tour for 6am!

I did get up, had the most quickest shower and was ready by 6am-ish. We headed towards a place called Palanque but on the way we stopped off at our 1st waterfall which was called Agua Azul and the second one was called Misol. Dispite the 5 hrs trek here both the waterfalls were amazing!!!!!!!!!!! The 1st one Agua Azul was okay very, extremley powerfull but the colour of the water was very murky which was disapointing - I can only imagine that this was because of the soil being dragged. I went dwn to this big rock thing which was infront of the waterfall just so I can take a picture....did I get wet? Helllll yeah - I was soaked! But by the time we headed back to the coach I was dry :o)

Misol was a lot smaller but needless to say it was also very amazing to look at and the water was vert pristine blue and clean....I was eager to go behind the waterfall but even some of the stronger looking peeps felt the pressure...I thought I'd probably get dragged in it and I wud have got drenched....nothing more annoying is sitting in your wet uddes hahahah.

We finally reached Palanque. This place has the most mind-blowing ruins I have seen so far! Massive....huge....big! If you look at the pictures I look so small compared to them. Palanque is also surrounded amongst a jungle - which we went to seek. We had 2hrs here to explore. There was also a hidden waterfall which was so sublime - again I can not describe the view that I saw. We had to go on a wooden bridge to cross over and I could not help but to actually jump off the bridge and to go towards the waterfall. I managed to get a picture taken before I got whistled by the warden heheheh.

Today I was surrouded by my 2 favourite colours blue and green :o) This trip was amazing and well worth the money that we paid for but boy was it tryring! We did not get home until 11pm and that's when we had dinner. On the way back we experienced the most heavy rain, the sourrounding trees/jungles were all misty/foggy. I saw people just walking alongside the roads from no way going towards no way. Some locals just chillin on the edge of a massive drop and a majority of then were carrying machette knives...litte kids were playing in the rain get all dirty awwww. This pituresque view was wiped away when I saw the reality of where these people live. A big coach had some how just skidded off the main road with people on board. I did think there is no way to get help but at least 10mintues later we did hear sirens - thank god. I was way too scared to sleep on the journey back home.

Last day in San Cristobal and we spent it in the local market, got out bus ticket for our next destination - went back to the hostel for some lunch and then headed to the bus station for our 15.15pm bus to Tulum - did I mention it is going to be a 15hour journey! Oh boy....hope to see you guys over the other side. x

Posted by jasdeep_virdee 17:35 Archived in Mexico Comments (0)

Adios Mexico City, Hola Oaxaca :o)

Oaxaca pronouced Waahakka

semi-overcast

A bus ticket from Autobuses del Norte station, Mexico City to Oxacaca (located in the south-western ends of Mexico) cost us $426.00 pesos which is about £20.00.

Our bus left at 23.59pm and arrived in Oxacaca at 07.30am this morning! My 1st overnight bus...erm it was not scary at all but it was not a comfortable journey - very bumpy and the fact my phone battery died on my was not helpful as I didn't have Brian McKnight to put me to sleep hahaha.

I woke up to the sun rise over looking Oxacaca. A place which is built up by loads of small, colourful, small buildings that have been sorrounded by mountains - very picturesque! I got off our bus looking like shite for once I actually felt embarressed lol - people really take pride on the appearance here also in Oxacaca! I was wearing my scrubs, with black socks overlapping them.

We could only check in our stuff at the hostel and only move in at 12pm - so we decided to look around familarise ourselves of the area - again did I mention what the hell I was wearing lol.

Once settled in the hostel, showered and all - I actually washed my clothes in the sink - how lovely. The town is very small so I reckon 1 night 2 days or 2 nights 3 day should be enuff but there are stuff to do outside Oxacaca more ruins, the oldest tree (if that tickles your fancy lol) and horse riding. So our stay was short but sweet.

I did go for a lonely walk towards this 'very modern looking building' which stood out like a sore thumb. The closer I got to it (300 steps lol) I realised it was an outdoor stadium - which looked awesome!

I also went to the local market which was also great and I tried its delicacy of Mole - ok it's actually suppose to sound like Molaay. It is a dark chocolate sauce that is poured over anything but popular with Pollo (chicken - my Spanish is getting slightly stronger hahaha). It does sound sickly and it was ok but coz I was starving I dived in straight away - so I did feel kinda sick - weird taste....not as in bad just....bland but chilli. On the way back to the hostel I was confronted by a butt naked guy - from head to toe....ewk So had to cross the road - this didn't help after the fact I had the mole lol.

At the end of the 1st day I went upstairs to look at the view and to gather some thoughts...I did meet my 1st backpacker by the name of Dimitris from Holland. A very nice chap and no I was not interested. He gave me some pointers on how I should do this trip as it very hand physically and mentally. Me and him shared my 1st bottle of Mexican beer....it was ok.

For my early morning run I went around the little village that smelt of freshly baked bread mmmmm nice! I obvioulsy got lost and I thought....'Shit i'm gonna miss my breakfast...' lol found my way back by going to another hotel and asking for a map and directions hahahaha.

My stay in Oaxcaca was short but sweet. The designer brand in this village is Hollister guys :o)

Next destination San Cristobal....

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Mexcio in a Tequila Shot

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After 3 days in Mexico City I can truly say it is NOT a city full of crime, drugs and gangs ;o( lol. The people are SO friendly and also mahussive. I would recommend that you would need like 2 / 3 weeks to visit whole city! There are a few similarities such as tall skyscrapers, all familiar shops like Starbucks, Mango, GNC (my favourite lol), flashy cars, etc Mexicans ALWAYS look their best when it come to their appearance unlike me hahahaha but I was also surprised to se some of the locals wearing polo neck jumpers, winter boots in blazing hot heat...I thought I as bad hahahah

What makes Mexico special then other cities is that they have an amazing history, with amazing sites such as the pyramids...Yes Mexico does have pyramids it’s not only Egypt lol - Mexico has loads to see but you do need time as buses are the only mean of good public transport and they do take a min of couple of hours to historical sites.

Mexico in a nut shell for me would be Chilli, dogs, a happy nation and TACOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! not including the amount of people that live in this city exceeds over 20 million!!! So you can also imagine the amount of traffic you can get in too but there is no road rage - weird!

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The Sun & the Moon

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We went to 'Autobuses de Norte' (North Terminal bus station) where we took a bus and within an hour we had arrived at Teotihuacan.

As we entered we were welcomed in a very bizarre way. Imagine a very tall pole with 4 long ropes and on each rope there is a guy who is tied upside down spinnnig towards the ground whilst playing an musical instrument....exactly! Follwed shortly by small little shops that all sold sombrero hats :o)

As soon as we passed the gates you could see both pyramids larger than anything. With a bit more knowledge after visiting the museum on the Sun and the Moon Pyramid we went towards to investigate. It is always breathtaking when you see something in real life and nothing can describe how awesome it is so WOW, came to my mind – the Sun was BIG! In fact the people that had climbed to the top looked like ants!

There were only 247 steps to the top of the Sun but some of the steps were so steep that my little size 4.5 feet had to be placed at an angle hahaha at each resting point (there were 2) you can imagine the views were out of this world – everything below me looked so small. The pictures do not do any justice at all. 247 steps back down and off to the Moon pyramid a lot smaller with only 150 steps or so. These steps were also very steep but the views were not as great as the Sun. We spent most of the morning and early lunch here. As we headed off back to the city.

On the way back we had stopped off at 'Garibaldi' - it looked like a mixture of hackney and borough market but at a huge scale! There were alot of the locals shouting out what they were selling 'tre pesos', lould music was playing around (esp a lot of Rock music and a bit of Akon lol) cars everywhere etc There were some things that I even thought was ewwww - meat that was left on the counter in the heat! I saw a few of the food stalls cooking raw meat over cooked meat - it was an experience needless to say! Most of the stalls were selling the same thing, every turn you make you were faced with some sort of a taco stall!

We left Garibaldi and went back to the halls to pack and get an early night – stopped over at the local supermarket for some tinned food hahahah – I could not look at a taco or fast food stall for that.

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Viva Mexico

Independence Day

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Woke up in a diff room with 8 other backpackers….breakfast was provided at the ‘The Bed Breakfast’ and surprisingly it was not continental I had eggs on toast and a cup of tea :o) the showers were minging but at least the water was hot! We stayed in an area called Durango and our nearest tube station was Insurgentes. The tube was really easy to use, dull on the exterior but served the purpose and only 3 pesos (which is about £0.14 each way!!!

We headed off to the hot spots that were mentioned to us by the guys at the bed & breakfast– as it was Independence Day. As we headed off to explore Mexico City we found it to be very quiet especially on a celebratory day but we soon came across a heard of locals going towards ‘Zocalo Square’. It was more and less a massive parade of the Army, Cowboys and other forces.

Most of today we spent with the locals watching the parade. I saw many weird and wonderful things. The few things that I kept on seeing was this obsession with chilli powder on EVERYTHING…chilli on any fruit, on Tamarind, crisps, pancakes even on ice-cream…on anything that could be eaten. During the parade we saw kids chucking eggs at one another but inside they were filled with confetti – apparently a must have. A very patriotic country everyone got involved especially the adults – face paints, Mexican colours were everywhere!

A whole day of roaming around, found some nice squares, saw loads of familiar shops like Starbucks, Mangoes, GNC (my favourite), especially Dominoes pizza - McDonalds were pretty much non existent.

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