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Is it REALLY worth Including San Cristobal in my Yucatan Itinerary

Is it REALLY worth Including San Cristobal in my Yucatan Itinerary

Old Aug 25th, 2017, 03:04 AM
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Hello Kja.
It happened 2 or 3 years ago. In Jan or Feb.
To be frank it was never scary. There were a lot of people and the 'terrorists' were nice and polite. But no way we could go through they had felled a big trunk in the middle if the road.
After a while people exchanged buses by walking through the roadblock. These buses made good money ;-).
So my wife and daughters followed a group of Belgians tourists we had just met and went to the next cataract and I waited.
And waited.
Fortunately I always have a book with me.
In the worst case scenario I would have slept in the car.
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Old Aug 25th, 2017, 08:06 PM
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@ Whathello: thanks for clarifying! OMG, I'm SOOOooooo glad I didn't have that experience! And I'm VERY glad that you and your family made it through with "only" inconvenience. Having a book on hand is a good idea, isn't it?

@ MinnBeef: So let me ask an out-of-the-box question: Why not skip the Yucatan? I'm not questioning the merits of a sunny beach-side interlude, with access to a culturally meaningful site or two -- I'm just asking if you are open to re-considering the idea of time along the Mayan Riviera.
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Old Aug 26th, 2017, 01:06 PM
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@kja: I'm actually rather excited about a possible Yucatan vacation in January. I've already been to Puerto Rico. I've been to Costa Rica and want to go back, but I was just there in Jan. 2016 and would prefer to wait a bit longer. The Yucatan is a place that was not originally on my radar but after having done some research, seems a great place to mix up sun, cocktails and culture. I'm gravitating towards an itinerary of basing 6 nights in Playa, with day trips out to Chichen Itza (early arrival) and Ek Balam, and then a second day to Tulum and Coba. Leaving 3 days for relaxation time.
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Old Aug 26th, 2017, 03:23 PM
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For sun and cocktails, that should work well! I suspect my definition of "culture" is different than yours, as those are not places that fit my definition. But the ruins are certainly interesting!
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Old Aug 26th, 2017, 07:16 PM
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S Cristabol itself is rather small and easy to do in a couple days. That said, the outlaying pueblos and the surrounding natural wonders are very interesting and unique. There are many unchanged cultures in the area. The food and wine in S Cris is also very good.
Is there a reason that you couldn't make your trip more of a straight shot? Start in Tux, go to S Cris, the lakes, Palenque and work your way back up to P d Carmen and fly out of CUN?
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Old Aug 27th, 2017, 04:41 PM
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@cybor: The main reason I can't do that is because I have a job. And that job doesn't involve being a teacher where I get 3 months off each year. Considering my northern Spain and Portugal trip in April, I'll be lucky to get away for 6 nights to Mexico in January.
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Old Aug 28th, 2017, 12:11 PM
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Change job and become a teacher.

Funny how everybody is jealous of the teachers when it comes to their holidays.
Less when it comes to actually do the job. And not much better when it comes to the pay.
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Old Aug 28th, 2017, 03:34 PM
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We all choose the careers we chose. And I'm a Republican, so would never be welcome in the public school system.
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Old Aug 29th, 2017, 07:51 AM
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I guess I wasn't clear. Please tell me again where you're flying in and out of.
I meant fly into one airport and out of another. It will save you time.
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Old Aug 29th, 2017, 05:37 PM
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@cybor: I've pretty much ruled San Cristobal out so would fly into and out of Cancun, basing in Playa del Carmen with a few day trips
out to Mayan ruins and I Feel i can find a tour I like, some sort of hiking, zip lining adventure.
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Old Sep 2nd, 2017, 04:35 PM
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Update for everyone who was kind enough to give me input on my itinerary. My flight is booked and I've settled on 6 days basing in Playa. One day will be for a great sounding day trip that gets to Chichen Itza by 9:30, followed by a cenote visit, lunch in Valladolid and the. A visit to ask Balam. I'll likely use another day for Tulum and Coba. If Valladolid looks interesting on my Chichen Itza day, I may go back for a day trip there, or else just use it as an extra pool, cocktails and relaxing in the warmth day.

It does bum me a bit to not see San Cristobal but I considered all of your input and decided that it was just too big of a disruption, at best to get there and potentially a small disaster if the flight is significantly delayed or even canceled. Perhaps during a future winter...

Anyway, thank you everyone again for your input. You've definitely positioned me for a good trip come January.
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Old Sep 2nd, 2017, 08:04 PM
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Should be fun!

FWIW, I think it could be challenging to see Chichen Itza, a cenote or two, and
Ek' Balam on the same day, but I'm sure you'll come up with a strategy that works.
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Old Sep 4th, 2017, 04:11 AM
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Unlike Puerto Vallarta, the Yucatan peninsula is literally flat... that said, there is a zip line adventure on federal highway 307 on your way to Tulum. They had to build a tower so as to take off...
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Old Aug 31st, 2018, 06:37 PM
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Just not update, one year later to this earlier post. I AM going to San Cristobal in Dec. for 3 nights, after a 5 night trip to Mexico City. I canít wait for both!!!
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Old Aug 31st, 2018, 06:40 PM
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Enjoy!
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Old Aug 31st, 2018, 08:04 PM
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Good on ya! Be sure and follow up with a trip report!
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Old Sep 3rd, 2018, 05:05 PM
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@kja: You, my friend are like Savoir Faire the mouse. You are everywhere! Any not miss experiences in either San Cristobal or Mexico City? I will be in Mexico City during Virgin of Guadeloupe time so I know a visit to the church is a must.

@baldone: I will do my best on at least an abridged Trip report.

VERY excited for this trip.
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Old Sep 3rd, 2018, 05:53 PM
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I haven't been to Mexico City yet -- one of many places you will see before me.

For San Cristobal de las Casas, I strongly recommend joining a tour of the surrounding indigenous communities, and I say that as someone who doesn't normally like group tours. The artisans' market by Santo Domingo is a delight, and Santo Domingo is well worth seeing, too. I'm glad I visited the Casa Na Bolom, where you can also stay; I stayed at Bela's B&B, which still gets very positive reviews.
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Old Sep 3rd, 2018, 06:08 PM
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P.S. A big thumbs up to the Moon Guide for Mexico.
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Old Sep 5th, 2018, 08:10 PM
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In Mexico City, some 'not to miss' things might include: Teotihuacan, any event at Bellas Artes (Ballet Foklorio being the most popular for tourists), coffee, snack, breakfast, whatever can get you into Sanborn's at the Casa De Azulejos (house of tiles) (for the beautiful mansion, not so much for Sanborn's only OK food ) , Xochimilco on the weekend, (tacky for some, but a real hoot for me), Chapultepec for the castle and museum, (though you could spend all day at the anthro, on such short trip only a few hours might satisfy), exploring Centro on foot and sampling tacos al pastor, & breakfast at Cafe Tacuba. These days, we usually stay in Roma or Condesa to enjoy evening strolls before/after dinner along the tree lined streets, after spending our days in centro. Some of CDMX's best restaurants are in those colonias.
Disclaimer: neither my wife or I are big fans of Frida and Rivera, thus I won't comment on what I don't know. But many people are and include her house on their itineraries.
In (or rather, near) San Cristobal are the falls of El Chiflon, which are among the most impressive in all of Mexico, if you can't do the longer trip to Agua Azul/Palenque. If you like waterfalls (I do).
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