Blog a la Pibil

"Blog a la Pibil" was born in Mexico, and was originally based on the adventures of Josue and Lupita, who were traveling in Mexico for two months. This blog is now a continuation of the life of Lupita, who has been restored to her life as a mere mortal in Los Angeles.

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Neither rain, mud, nor motion sickness.....

My sister Rachel and our friend Ben have joined us here in San Cristobal de las Casas for the last week of our trip. Yesterday, we went on a mountain bike ride in the hills surrounding San Cristobal. The guide book promised gentle hills. It lied. As we climbed higher and higher into the mountains, I finally surrendered and had to walk my bike. I blamed the altitude and lack of caffeine, but I suspect that my lavish Mexican lifestyle (and unchecked queso consumption) may have something to do with it. Our guide was unforgiving and he kept telling me to quit the cigarettes. It was well vale la pena. We rode on a path through tiny pueblitos and vast farmland. We stopped at a small pink church in the middle of a wide expanse of green, and climbed the tiny towers and peeked through a hole in the door to see a candle flickering inside. There was one part of the trail that was really hard and slippery, and after I watched both Josue and Benito tumble off their bikes, I decided to try it. As one might have predicted, I, too, took a dive, much more dramatically so than my predecessors, and emerged covered in mud. Que divertido! Our guide took us to a spot that has a giant natural arch with a small waterfall flowing through it. Even though I was dirty as hell, and smelled a little worse for wear, it was a happy moment for all. Los Penguinos is the name of the bike place.

Today, we went to some ruins at Tonina. The drive there and back was treacherous, as we wound through beautiful hills covered with pine trees and, in the morning, clouds. The climate changed dramatically from cool mountain highland to steamy jungle lowland. Tonina is a seven tier fortress built into the side of a steep hill. We hauled ourselves up to the top and took stupid amounts of pictures. It's now raining and chilly back here in San Cristobal, and we're going to warm ourselves up with fondue and wine at a hotel restaurant.


At 8:04 PM, Anonymous Ben said...

These are all lies.

At 12:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi everyone. i am angry at you all for having such a good time.

you know who this is?


At 6:08 PM, Blogger Dunia said...

Oh I'm so glad you guys have been having such an incredible time. We'll be glad to have you back, though. Even if it's not as magical.


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