Ruin city review: Tenam Puente

Yeah! All we do here for weekend trips here in Chiapas is swim and climb pyramids, sometimes both on the same day. If you head towards Comitan with its historical town centre, tasty food and own-label agave spirit you’re within easy reach of at least three archaeological sites and four swimming spots. Pyramids: Chinkultic, Tenam Puente…

Visit Mexico! The SIGHTS…

Hug a cactus, try some organic moonshine, make a chia pet from local clay, walk in the hills or back streets, spot the best graffiti, gawp at art made by people who knew what to do with a chisel: Here’s some stuff to do when you come!

Marimba season

Marimba music is all well and good. But why begin at 5 AM? Accompanied by a heavy artillery of firecrackers? Who got the idea that the Virgin of Guadelupe likes startling booms in the pre-dawn chill? Is it some sort of reference to the use of the Virgin as a symbol of Mexicanity in the…

Likes

Most blog posts on here are about what I like, but here’s some not mentioned before: Public displays of affection – couples (also many over 16) snuggling or making out on street corners Flexibility: if the rule blatantly doesn’t make sense, the person in charge will disregard the rule. Some might say that this is…

Fooling around on ancient monuments 3

Chinkultic outside Comitán: lovely and green, like a day out in a lush woodland with birdsong and running water… plus pyramids, bas-reliefs, a cenote used for human sacrifice. Some of the hills probably contain more pyramids, e.g. el templo mayor, but instead of beating back hordes of desperate archaeologists and awarding the honour of exploration…

Around Oaxaca

Oaxaca is a very aesthetically pleasing town with lots of radical street art, investment in cultural centres and exhibition spaces, wide streets, handicrafts… and Mexico’s tastiest cuisine. You should visit!! And everyone should do a ceramics tour and buy some pottery at Colectivo 1050 Grados – they have a shop on the delightful Xolotl square,…

Fooling around on ancient monuments pt 2

These guys had complex societies, writing, astrology and built giant stone monuments when my people were still wandering around the steppes going ‘damn it’s cold!’ You have to admire the achievements – although I suspect that they didn’t do so well on my criteria for a good society: redistribution, sustainability, security and quality of life…

A really good day

Yesterday. I woke up with mellow morning sunshine through the hotelroom curtains. Good breakfast coffee. Some telecommunications and work things out of the way.Then: 1.5 hours of yoga on a rooftop! Don’t imagine anything fancy, now… A bog-standard third world urban rooftop with bare concrete beams, water pipes to step over, yellow nylon washing lines,…