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Mexico

San Cristobal and Isla Mujeres

sunny 30 °C

We had a bit of nightmare journey from Quetzeltenango to San Cristobal... We were supposed to be on a chicken bus up to the border but when it actually stopped it had brought us a little out of the way to Huehuetenango... So a journey which should have taken 2 1/2 hours ended up taking over 4 as we had to change buses and get on one of the most crowded buses I have ever been on! I must admit, riding on a chicken bus is a whole experience in itself... Basically a repainted US school bus around 20 years old where they will seat 3 adults in a space made for 2 7 year olds. They cram as many people on as possible and there is a space for EVERYTHING - Inside the bus, behind the seats, on the roof.. For luggage, furniture, and of course chickens. Anyway, chicken bus time is now over as we have arrived in sunny Mexico!

San Cristobal was really nice.. Hundreds of markets which were really pretty, and Semana Santa was in force while we were there so it was crammed full of holidaying Mexicans and other tourists. It was a beautiful place though, unfortuately I had a few accidents on the wet cobbled streets but anyone who knows me wouldnt expect anything less :) Saw a Mayan play and didnt understand much of it but the music and costumes were still great to see. After a couple of days there we took an overnight bus to Cancun first of all to get our Cuban visas. We went to the embassy, who sent us to a travel agent. We went to a travel agent who sent us to the airport. We went to the airport who managed to issue the visas in less than 5 minutes! So we now have our visas... And we have booked our flights!! Yay! So we are off to Cuba from 5th to 12th May which I am very excited about :)

After we managed to get our visas we took the 20 minute ferry over to Isla Mujeres (The Isle of Women). Its also really nice here but there is a totally different feel to of Central America. I actually feel like I am on holiday now rather than travelling... Difficult to explain the difference but there definitely is one. There are a couple of nice beaches here and our hostel has its own little spot of beach with a handful of hammocks which for me is heaven :)

We are heading to Tulum for a couple of days tomorrow and hoping to stay in a beach cabaƱa... Fingers crossed we can find one :) A few more days to chill out before heading to Cuba!

Posted by ThatsLife 29.04.2011 10:47 Archived in Mexico

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