San Cristobal –
We get up more or less early today: We will head to a nearby canyon for a ziplining tour we booked yesterday. The meeting point is next to the main square “Zocalo”, at the countless cafés. Andre and Diana are right on time and pick us up via minibus. We do not have to ride that far – about half an hour later we are already right in the woods.
The ziplining tour is totally worth it ! While having a little hike though the forest, Andre tells us a a local legend about this canyon and we chat about all sorts of things. In between the walks we have we change three times the side of the canyon by zipline. Great! You get to have a beautiful view on a small creek below. Time is running fast though… We are back in San Cristobal de las Casas at around noon.
Iglesia del Cerro de Guadalupe
We decide to have a little walk before we have to take the overnight bus to Merida. Starting at the pedestrian road we walk up the hill to the highest church of the city, the “Iglesia del Cerro de Guadalupe”. From here, you have an amazing view on the colorful houses below. Though it starts to drizzle it doesn’t bother us that much as we decide to enter a nearby café. Mhhh – something smells delicious: I get to try the traditional pastry “Pan de Muerto”. It is surprising that you get to see quite a lot of “post-Hippies” in this city. Some while strolling though the old town, but even here you get to see some colorful old Volkswagen-busses that for sure have a lot of kilometres on their counter.
Templo de San Francisco
A few hours later we are in the middle of the indigenous market in front of the church “Templo de San Francisco”. You really seem to be able to get everything in here: Ponchos, hats, blankets, scarfs – you name it – and all that for a tiny fraction of the price many online stores want for their alpaca-wares. Since we believe that the Dia de los Muertos-festivities will also take place tomorrow, we decide to visit Meridas cemetery the next day. Stupid mistake: As we get back to our hostel to get our stuff for the ongoing trip to Merida, we meet some guys also staying in this hostel that just came back from the festivities at the local cemetery. Did we miss everything?
We haven’t much time left now: we got to go to the ADO bus station . The overnight bus is well booked. We get our backpacks into the storage space and just take the daypacks with us. Compared to the minibus we took to get here, you do not feel the bumpy road that much with this bus. An action-movie is running in the TV in Spanish with English subtitles (a great way to train your language skills). After a while it gets quiet and you can actually get to sleep quite well !