Chiapas, Mexico Inland Trip
We had been doing some research on inland travel, listened with envy to fellow
cruisers' tales and studied the travel guides. Mainland Mexico had so much to offer;
culture, history, languages, flora and fauna. We needed to satisfy our curiosity by
making an expedition....here and now! After all, we were as far south as we planned
to go this season. So, when the good folks off  s/v's Sweet Lorraine,  Hooligan and  
V'ger offered to watch Sailsoon at anchor in Zihuatenejo, our minds were made up.
There is no time like the present, right? We decided to take a series of buses heading
south and then east to start our tour in the ancient Mayan city of  Palenque. We
boarded the Costa Line Turi Star Sur bus in Zihuatenejo at 4:30 PM taking the
coastal route to Salina Cruz where we arrived 17 hours later at 10:00 AM. the
following day. ADO Bus Lines took us on our next journey, departing the same day
at 2:15 PM with arrival  into Tuxtla Gutierrez 6 hours later at 8 PM. We spent the
night at the very nice, inexpensive Hotel Casa Kolping at the suggestion of our taxi
driver*

The next morning we were on the OCC Bus Lines at 11:00 AM to Palenque.  We
finally arrived 6 hours later, quickly settled for the nearest affordable room and
settled in. We had left Zihuat on Saturday afternoon and finally arrived at our
"starting" destination, some 900+ miles and 50 hours later on Monday afternoon.

Tuesday we took the local combi (bus) to the Ruins. We arrived an hour before they
opened and spent the whole day exploring. Plans had been made to return the
following day but Mother Nature decided to send torrential rains. The locals were in
agreement that this type of rain shower typically continues for 2-3 days. Given that
info, we decided to skip the Agua Azul Waterfalls and the Tonina Archaeological
Zone. Instead we opted to get on the 9:30 AM OCC Bus and travel to San Cristobal
De Las Casas in the mountains at 7000'. Upon arrival at the bus station we were
greeted by a couple of young men who were soliciting rooms at their perspective
hostels. We checked in to Planet Hostel and stayed for the next 4 days. While in San
Cristobal we took several day trips to the outlying villages and an organized tour to  
the Lagos de Montebello.

Our visit to the State of Chiapas was too brief. We had only covered a small area and
we were out of time on our 10-day trip.   We still had 2 full days of bus travel ahead
to return to Zihuat and Sailsoon. We took the 5:15 PM OCC bus, arriving in Salina
Cruz just after 1:00 AM. There was a vacancy at the posada across the street from
the bus terminal and we were able to get some rest. The following day we boarded
an Estrella Blanca Bus at 3:00 PM and traveled through the night. We arrived back in
Zihuat at 9:00 AM, just in time for breakfast.

To learn more about the Chiapas area see the
Chiapas State Website

* NOTE: there is a new bus terminal in Tuxtla at the north end of the city. If you're
using guide books for hotel and eatery recommendations, be sure the reference point
to those places are in relationship to the NEW bus station. Otherwise you and your
cab driver will become well acquainted! By the way, Hotel Casa Kolping is within
easy walking distance from the new bus terminal.
Palenque Ruins
Montebello Lakes
Side trip
San Cristobal de
Las Casas
Zinacantan &
San Juan Chamula
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