We made it to Guatemala, a little bit later than we expected, as we all got sick and had to spend 5 days recovering in the small town of Ocosingo. As we entered the Chiapas region of Mexico both the people and the scenery changed. The tiny villages we passed through were friendly and the people wore more traditional clothing, the landscape really became jungly as we headed towards Palenque.
The morning as we left San Cristobal.
Having both left our towels back in the hostel in San Cristobal, Russ had to hitch hike back. It gave me chance to wonder and take pictures of the epiphytes while we waited for him.
With Chiapas being the center of the Zapatista rebellion, many villages have signs in support of the left-wing movement which fights for indigenous rights in Chiapas.
Morning mist over the mountains.
Ejercito Zapatista de Liberacion Nacional.
Our first day cycling in the rain since mid October. Even after all that time without rain a rainy day is still a rainy day!!
The water falls of Agua Azul.
There was a great walk that passed behind the waterfall. A good way to cool off.
Looking out over the Palenque ruins. Even with the wet weather it was lovely here. With the clouds hanging in the forest and the howler monkeys in the trees, it was very atmospheric.
Climbing all the steps was tough on tried cycling legs but well worth it.
“evidently chicken town”
Feeling the strain of the 170 km ride from Palenque to the border town of Frontera Corozal. With the over cast day it made cycling a little easier. We weren’t sure of places to stay along this road but for other cyclists coming this way there were hotels at around Km65 and Km72 and lots of friendly villages to camp.
Crossing the river to Guatemala and the border town of Bethal. After a little cycle around to find the tiny immigration office, getting the visas was very straight forward and we were soon on our way.
Our first road in Guatemala, 60km of bad gravel!!
One of our favorite roadside snacks, Spongys!
Lago Peten Itza, Flores, Guatemala.