Apparently there are a ton of things to do in and around San Cristobal Del Las Casas. I didn't do much of them, a lazy traveller as I am... That doesn't mean that I had a dreadful or boring time, I even extended my original planned 3 night stay to a 7 night stay. So what is there to do in San Cristobal except hanging around the hostel with the other people staying there if you lazy???
DAY TRIP TO SUMIDERO CANYON
Lucy, another girl at the hostel suggested we do the Sumidero canyon one day. A very easy day tour from San Cristobal Del Casas this was. With a slight hang over I got in to the minibus at 915 am. Leaned back in my seat and fell a sleep for the couple of hours it took driving there. When we arrived at the canyon we were handed a life vest each and then we were ushered to a boat that would take us down the canyon and back. We were first in the cue getting on the boat and we quickly took the seats in the very front, after some advice from the guys I had drinks with night before! Defiantly best seats they were... This is a very very easy tour as mentioned earlier, the only thing we had to do was to sit back and feel very small while we checked out the steep walls of the canyon. We also seen a couple of nice waterfalls and some big ass crocodiles sunning themselves along the shore. The captain also doubled up as a guide and gave us a lot of information on the canyon but I had a complete non-Spanish day so understood about 10% of what he was talking about.
After we were done with the canyon, the minibus took us to a nearby village. I have no clue what it was called since I more or less just tagged a long on this day tour. One thing is for sure though, I had one of the best soups I ever had in my life here or maybe I was just starving and craved food. Anyhow it was a vegans worst nightmare, delicious pulled pork in a extremely meaty broth with about 6 strands of lettuce. All served with some even more delicious pickled onions. Finished the meal off with an ice cream and then thank god it was time to get back to the minibus and return back to hostel. Cost of the tour: MXN 250/ USD 13.50/ EUR 12.50
WALK AROUND TOWN
Not sure how many KMs i walked while in San Cristobal but it was a lot. Most of the town is flat but you do have some short hills once in a while. It's yet another colonial town and its not very busy as long as staying away from the centre that is. Cost: Free
EAT & DRINK
It's hard to starve to death in this town with small cafes, tons of restaurants of different qualities, people selling fruit and most important taquerias on every street corner. There is defiantly something for everyone here and I took advantage of it all. Tacos and then some mango at least once a day and a couple of nights I had a nice treat of sushi or pizza. Ok , I had better sushi in my life but it was still decent... Also had Prosecco for the first time since leaving Amsterdam in January, oh it was heaven! Cost: Depends on where you go!
VISIT THE MARKET SELLING LOT'S OF THINGS ONE DON'T NEED
I saw a girl, or guess I should use the term woman, wear such a nice bracelet on the Sumidero Canyon day trip and I wanted to buy the same. Of course I never asked where she bought hers, that would have been to easy, so I didn't even know if it was bought in San Cristobal but it had similar style as the jewellery they sold at the market on the square so I browsed the aisles a couple of times but with no result.... Except for jewellery they also sell cheap leather bags, bed covers and lots of other things I didn't need during the rest of my trip...
VISIT THE FOOD MARKET
I love a good food market and the one in San Cristobal did not disappoint, why is it that i never learn how to spell disappoint???? Anyhow, this food market have everything you need; all kind of fruits and vegetables, live chickens (the ones the women are holding on to in the picture below are NOT dead but very much alive), dead chickens with the head and feet still attached, about 100 varieties of chilies, herbs and as I said everything else you might need cooking a fantastic meal. And yes those dead chickens are not in a refrigerator or on ice or anything else to keep the temperature down, don't think the EU would agree on that! Anyhow, I left the market with two tomatoes, coriander, an onion, two chilies, two avocados, a bag of carrots, two limes and a big piece of chicharron (very very crispy pork belly) Cost: Vegs, MXN 40/ USD 2.20/ EUR 2 + pretty much the same for the chicharron. I learned afterwards that reason why the legs was so expensive is that avocado is apparently very expensive in Mexico. Not sure if I agree that the legs was very expensive though!!!
Lastly I highly recommend to stay at Posada Del Abuelito, one of the best hostels I stayed in during the months in Latin America. Comfy bed, hot hot water in the showers, super good breakfast, friendly staff, clean clean at all times and anawesome garden.
I decided that it was time for a career break. So handed in my notice to the company who I worked with for the last ten years. It's time to pack my bag and depart from Amsterdam which been my home town for the last 4.5 years. -"Amsterdam, it's not you it's me and I need a break!". Read more
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