Sabbatical

By bus and collectivo we arrived in the middle of the extreme noon heat in Puerto Escondido. Puerto Escondido is a smaller city in Oaxaca and a famous surf location, especially Playa Zicatela. We explored the city a bit and went to our Hostel, owned by a German couple. We spent the most of time on the beaches Playa Carrizalillo and Playa Manzanillo. In the night we went by car, boat and flashlight to„Laguna de Manialtepec” for night swim with planktons – an lightning organism under water.

With the night bus we continued to the capital Oaxaca City from 32 degrees to around 15 degrees and 1500m over sea level. 10 hours with night bus sounds hard, but we got some wonder pills in Puerto Escondido, that was actually against nausea. However, we do not know what happened, but 10 minutes after taking two of them, we were knocked out and the bus driver woke us up on our final destination Oaxaca City without any memory of the drive. There we had a quiet hostel and planned a bit for the next weeks. The city is much nicer than Puerto Escondido and we visited the big markets, historical places and got a bit a background of the political system in Mexico, because of different demonstrations on the street. In the evening we visited a concert on the market place and ate the traditional food of Oaxaca – different types of langostas called Chapulines.

After two days we went with another night bus from Oaxaca to San Cristóbal de las Casas in Chiapas. This time the drive was a bit longer, but two pills and adios amigos. San Chistobal is located  on an altitude of 2100m and is even a bit colder during the nights than Oaxaca and right now the favourite place from our journey. We enjoyed the awesome vibe of that place, a very nice centre, extremely friendly people, every day parties with dance and music on the streets and just nice to sit in the sun in the streets and watch. We did a hike with four guys we met about couchsurfing to the „mammut cave”and to the „arcotete cave” with a stop in a Mayan village. Two of this guys were German and it was really nice to talk in German for a change, instead of a Spanish Rumgegruze. The next day we booked a tour in Sumidero Canyon National Park and went by boat through a huge canyon full with crocodiles, monkeys and pelicans. On the way home we visited the village Chiapa de Corzo just for one hour and lunch, before we went back to San Cristóbal by bus. A Mexican told us a bit about the history of Chiapas and the Mayas and their religion and there are so unbelievable stories. There still exist a village, that still use dead penalty by the local law and the goverment accept it more or less. Its a shame that we had not more time here. The next bus went 15 hours to Chetumal and from there to Bacalar in Quintana Roo. We rented a kayak, swam with turtles and use the sand as a special good effect for your skin – at least the locals told us. From the 31st of October to the 1st of November is the biggest holiday here and the Mexican celebrate “The day of the dead”, but in this part of mexico this tradition is not so spectacular than in other regions. By bus we drove today 5h to Cancún, where our trip in Mexico end and continue tomorrow to Alajúlea, 30km from the capital San José, Costa Rica. As usual you can see the pictures on the country page/s.

Happy Birthday Maarja

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