Land of a Million Speed Humps
Today was another fairly epic travel day. While distance wasn’t so much the issue, it was a winding trip up into the hills, heading for San Cristobal de las Casas (San Cris for short from now). San Cris is at about 2200m above sea level, so we had some climbing to do.
Good thing about today was that we got to stop off at two waterfalls on the way to break the trip up.
The first was a short 45 min drive from Palenque, and was a pretty cool single drop waterfall called Misol-Ha. We had seen a few of these before (if you have been keeping track of our other holidays like Iceland) but they are always great.
This one was nice as it had its jungle setting. We had the opportunity to walk right behind it, but as we had quite a few hours in a mini bus to go, we thought being soaked may not be the best thing.
Back it was into the bus and on to our next waterfall, this time the bigger and more cascading Agua Azul. This was a much bigger waterfall, but with many more cascading levels. So not as impressive as the first in terms of drop, but way bigger in terms of water.
We wandered right up, checking out all the different levels. It was quite raging due to the amount of rain that had been around in the previous days, so it was definitely roaring.
We also had time to have some empendadas from a local vendor. Not the tastiest thing of the trip, but they did hit the spot.
Back it was into the bus for the long 5 hour stint to San Cris. It was a bit of a slog as we could not go that fast, in part due to the windy nature, but mostly due to the speed bumps. Not a handful, but HUNDREDS. It is no exaggeration to think there were in the order of 500. Deiber indicated they have been out in as too many children were being hit by cars. So a good thing for sure, but boy it made the trip long.
But as the sun was setting we entered beautiful San Cris. As we arrived in the traditional downtown area, it was instantly the most gorgeous place we had been to so far.
Take Merida and aplifiy it in terms of the small cobblestone streets, beautiful buildings and churches. Deiber also indicated that it was the safest city in Mexico as well, with a population knowing that the tourists that come are the lifeblood and doing what they can to make a great experience.
We got a chance to wander as the sun went down. Dinner was more delicious Mexican cuisine (although I will admit, I am starting to reach the limit of tacos!) and then some sneaky drinks before bed.