San Cristobal de las Casas and Mayan ruins (finally!)
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Sep 8, 2012 5:43 PM
San Cristobal de las Casas and Mayan ruins (finally!)Just booked a flight out of BWI via Houston to Villahermosa. Been wanting to do this for years; thanks to a buddy on here and the book "Maya Roads" he sent me, I up and bought the airfare.
I will be arriving in Villahermosa, late on Sat Nov 24. Thinking I should get a room at a hotel and stay overnight, then head for Palenque next morning. Are there shuttle vans that run to Palenque from Villahermosa or must I take a taxi. I will be traveling solo. I will be flying out of Villahermosa on Sat Dec 8th. Gives me two weeks. Or I should say twelve days, counting the days lost flying.
I want see Palenque and the Misol Ha waterfalls, Yaxchilan, Bonampak, Lagos de Montebello and of course, San Cristobal de las Casas! I am also interested if I will be able to get down to the Ixil Triangle in Guatemala within the twelve days which I will have to spend or is that asking too much?
I want to see as many as the Mayan ruins as I can, also meet the local Mayans who live in the rural villages. I have been to Guatemala four times before, just not up in the northern part by the Mexican border. Ixil triangle has been on my bucket list for a number of years now, same as the Chiapas region of Mexico. Just curious as to how feasible this is, getting this all in on one trip?
I have also been to Mexico eleven times before, just never to where I will be going this time. So excited!
Any advice or suggestions will be greatly appreciated. How many days or hours at each place or on the road spent getting to each place would definitely help me.
Thanks in advance!
Sep 8, 2012 5:57 PM
1Oooooh, sounds like a great trip!
Unfortunately I think that the Triangle would have to wait on this one, doing it any justice would require at least 4 out of your 12-14 days, and considering you're heading all the way back up to VH, it just makes more sense to enjoy all that the area around SCLC has to offer. I think a solid week visiting Tzeltal and Tzotzil villages right around there would fit in with another 4-5 days of ruins. Don't rule out the Lagunas de Montebello either.
When it comes down to it, the single state of Chiapas is nearly 3/4 the size of the entire country of Guate... though definitely not as varied, it still will reward a couple of weeks of undivided attention!
Sep 8, 2012 6:00 PM
2I would forget Guatemala with the limited time you have. Take the bus from Villahermosa to Palenque. When traveling from Palenqye to San Cristobal stop in Ocosingo and see the ruins of Tonina. Its the largest pyramid in Chiapas and there is hardly anyone there. You can see Tonina in less than one day. Don't forget to visit some of the modern day Maya villages round San Cris. If you are looking for some out of the way places around San Cris that tourist never see pm me and maybe I can help you.
Sep 8, 2012 6:30 PM
3Thank you so very much! Kind of thought maybe Ixil would be out of the question. Now to check out the bus schedules in Villahermosa!
Sep 8, 2012 6:31 PM
4I forgot about Tonina, definitely put that on my list too.
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Sep 9, 2012 11:33 AM
8We have never had any trouble buying bus tickets on the fly throughout the Yucatan and into Chiapas. Tonina is a few mile outside of Ocosingo, so you will have to find transportation from there. Very interesting ruins built right into the hillside. The small museum was closed the day we were there. There were also a few stalls selling food and water just as you get to the site. On a side note....we purchased some coffee beans at one of the many shops in Ocosingo and it was so stale that my wife threw it out.
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13Wow! Thanks enroutesiglo! I have been missing Guatemala and the little, traditional Mayan villages! This is awesome! So looking forward to this trip! I have put this on the back burner for ten years now. Gee, ain't it funny how time slips away!
Sep 9, 2012 7:07 PM
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