Occasionally, necessity drives our decisions. That’s how southern Mexico became a last minute stop on my journey through Central America.
After a long stint in the C-A4 block – made up of a political agreement between Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua – I needed to leave to renew my tourist visa. It’s a well known trick on the backpacker trail and significantly less hassle than going down the official renewal route with your embassy.
Luckily for me, this obligatory task became a border run with a difference. I had chosen to spend five days in San Cristobal de las Casas, one of Mexico’s most interesting and colourful highland cities. San Cristobal was awash with rich reds and ochres that adorned buildings, park benches and whole markets. Once indoors, these colours were drawn into the Maya clothing of the textile museum, the stained glass of churches and the deep burgundies and bright yellows of tasty wine and cheese.
I didn’t need to look far in San Cristobal for a world of colour.
If you ever find yourself in this wonderful city, I highly recommend visiting Na Bolom: one of the most interesting little museums I’ve had the pleasure of walking around.