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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 Sep 9th, 2018, 04:25 AM
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I've spent lots of time in San Cristobal but my last visit was years ago (wrote chapters of a travel guide to Oaxaca and Chiapas;on one visit, traveled by bus from there onto a few weeks in Guatemala)....see if you can still get to, and be welcomed at, some of the nearby local indigenous villages. I hope the area has not become somewhat of a Lonely Planet tourist mecca but you can tell us that! Easy from there to bus to Guatemala, but of course you know you need to check political conditions.

Recent article from NYTimes on San Cristobal's water issues; very sad:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/14/w...-diabetes.html
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Old Sep 10th, 2018, 04:49 PM
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@kja: Iíve been using the Moon Guide Mexico City for my planning and have found it hugely helpful. The only big miss seems to be that they did not include a map of the Metro.
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Old Sep 10th, 2018, 04:57 PM
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@baldone: Thank you for all of those recommendations. I do have the Frida Kahlo house on my itinerary, as well as the Diego Rivera murals. Neither are probably quite my style of art (Iím more of an Impressionism sort of guy) but when in Mexico City, those feel like stops that need to be made. I will probably skip the Mayan ruins at Teotihuacan due to both time constraints along with the fact that I visited 4 key Mayan ruin sites in my trip to Playa del Carmen this past January. And since I will be in Mexico City during the Virgin of Guadeloupe festival. I do want to have time to visit the churches which I understand are just a bit outside of the city.
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Old Sep 10th, 2018, 05:04 PM
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@ekscrunchy: Yes, San Juan Chamula is definitely on my itinerary when in San Cristobal. Yes, very sad about their water situation.
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Old Sep 10th, 2018, 05:13 PM
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>>>I will probably skip the Mayan ruins at Teotihuacan due to both time constraints along with the fact that I visited 4 key Mayan ruin sites<<<

Teotihuacan is not a Mayan site.
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I spent 8 days in Chiapas 4 days in SCDLC and then 4 days in Palenque in November 2017. Both were fantastic. I am a frequent Mexico traveler and spend 2 or 3 weeks a year in different parts but lately I have fallen in love with Oaxaca both Huatulco and Oaxaca City. You are on a tight schedule and I really think Playa has gotten so commercial and expensive. SCDLC almost has a European feel to it and is worth a visit and so many things to do close to there like the ruins of Bonapark, Yaxillion (mispelled sorry), the lakes of montibello and El chiflon the great waterfall. Palenque ruins are also incredible and large like chitzan itza but getting from SCDLC to Palenque at this time can be challenging with protests road blocks etc. I just lucked out on my trip and did not have any problems and was able to stop on the way in ocosingo and see the ruins at tonina which were incredible then on to Palenque. I believe it would be hard to do all that in 4 days. I flew into Tuxtla Gutierrez and took an airport collectivo to SCDLC at night and then arranged tours in the morning or the day before. After Palenque I took a collectivo to Villahermosa and flew back to Texas from there through Mexico city. I have visited Quintana Roo around a dozen times over 30 + years with my last trip 3 years ago. It has gotten so commercialized and expensive and crowded. I would consider a Oaxaca/Chiapas or just one of those trip and skip Playa. Hope that helps but just my opinion.
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Old Sep 18th, 2018, 07:00 PM
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@johncrow:

thanks for your input. This is actually a topic from a year ago that I resurrected a couple of weeks back. I spent 6 nights in Playa this past January to get out of the Minneapolis cold. In addition to pool,margaritas and great Mexican food, I visited Chichen Itza, Tulum, Ek Balam and Coba. I enjoyed Mexico so much that I decided 6 months ago to spend 5 nights in Mexico City and then 3 nights in San Cristobal this coming December. This should give me a good amount of time to do both cities justice. Once again, I canít wait!
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Mexico City is a great city with so much to do. SCDLC is small but plenty to do near there. Enjoy both!
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