Since San Cristóbal was so good we figured we’d stop at Comitán, one more old colonial town in Chiapas, for three days. Turns out you don’t find amazing surprises every time you turn around down here. To be sure, it was a cute town, but one day is really all you need to see the town, plus another to tour a lakes region nearby.
Comitán de Dominguez (the Dominguez part of the name was added in 1915 to honor a legislator who was martyred after speaking out against the dictator Victoriana Huerta) is about two hours southeast of San Cristóbal; two hours of blaring, slashing, exploding movies. And – joy of joys – I got to do the route three times: down to Comitán with Mark, then back to San Cristóbal and back to Comitán the next day on my own when I realized I’d forgotten the wireless stereo speakers I carry with us up in San Cristóbal. It has a cute central square that was pretty lively both day and night. Our first evening there, for instance, a little local band was playing and couples were dancing and otherwise enjoying themselves.
Besides being an opportunity to break up the trip down into Guatemala, the big attraction in the region is a bunch of water nearby. El Chiflon is a series of waterfalls with exceptionally beautiful turquoise water. We hired someone to drive us out there and he dropped us off at a stream where we had to pay all of $1.75 each to walk up stream, and then further up and up. It was a beautiful walk, calm, peaceful, sweet smelling, with smaller falls all along the way. When suddenly we spied the 375-foot main falls we were pretty much blown away. It was impressive.
Then we continued on to Lagos de Montebello, a series of lakes down along the Guatemalan border. Again, truly beautiful with spectacularly blue, clear water. It reminded me of being in Northern Minnesota so naturally I went swimming in one of them. At another we went kayaking for 45 minutes or so before heading back to town for the evening.
So that was Comitán, a quick stop in a cute but ultimately uninspiring town. It was memorable for one reason, though: we celebrated 1,000 days on the road here! Yup, it’s now been over a thousand days since we left Cambridge in 2013. So far we haven’t found the place where we want to settle down so I guess we’ll keep going for at least another thousand days.
Meanwhile from here now we cross into Guatemala tomorrow. Exciting!