Travelreport Mexiko part 2, No. 28, 15.4. - 5.6.2009

Oaxaca - Zapolite - Salina Cruz - San Cristobal de las Casas - Palenque

After a 2 months cycling break we found this way of travelling strenuous, pain in muscles, shoulders and hands and a wound back because our bodies were wet either from the sweat or the rain.

From the semi arid zone where Agaves are grown (to produce tequila), then crossing a mountain range with pine forest, down through rain forest to the Pacific coast, where we enjoyed the beach for some days. The rainy season makes us finding a sheltered place (because we camp along the coast with the mosquito net only – too hot to sleep in the tent) as early as 3 o’clock in the afternoon.

One day we find the rim of Pius’s back wheel broken and it is not possible to cycle respectively to brake anymore. So we are looking for a 32-spoke rim. This makes us taking a bus to San Cristobal de las Casas (at 2100 m), where we find a really great bike shop (Bicipartes). They organize new rims and a week later we are ready to take off again. The colorful colonial and cool mountainous town with its cobbled streets, the terrific Maya Medicine Center (one of the best museum of Mayan culture anywhere) and a large percentage of indigenous people living their traditional lives, is in our eyes the most rewarding place in Mexico.

Along the way to the fascinating and impressing Maya ruins of Palenque, we visit and swim in the amazing turquoise water in the limestone pools of the river. And it’s here that we see the first Toucan in the wild in our life.

When we reach the border town Frontera Corozal, we get our passports stamped out within a minute, and by boat cross the river into Guatemala.

Oaxaca

Campieren zwischen Agaven

San Cristobal de las Casas

Agua Azul - baden im Fluss

Palenque