Zoe and Ed's Travels
We have been in San Cristobal for a couple of days now. We came here on the overnight bus from Oaxaca, which was OK but not particularly restful. We spent our first day here recovering. The town is a fairly small Spanish colonial town, with a couple of nice churches. Apart from that there's not a great deal to do in the town itself. Today we went on a tour to a couple of indigenous villages in the area. In the first village we saw how the Mayan people had managed to keep their religion and rituals in the face of Catholocism, including sacrificing chickens in the church. In the second village we visited a weaving family, and got to drink the local moonshine (which might explain some of the weaving!). Tomorrow we're getting the bus to Palenque, where there is a large site in the jungle containing ruins of Mayan temples (a bit like Tikal for those from work who've been there). That's only a five hour bus journey so it shouldn't be too bad. From there our bus journeys get shorter and shorter, as the roads get better and the country flatter. Last night we went to a restaurant that offered a choice of Indian, Thai, Lebanese, Greek, and also some Mexican! It made a nice change from tortillas in their many guises.