San Cristobal de Las Casas - Rest, Wine and Winter COLD!
We spent one more day in Palenque so we could travel to see the ruins of Bonampak in the Lacondon Jungle. It rained, the minibus was air conditioned, it was cold. We returned to our Blair Witch cabin only to realise that all the walls were dripping wet from the humidity. I got sick.
Ready for a change of scenery, we left for San Cristobal early.
I was worried about how much worse my cold was going to get. Being away and being sick sucks! I got off the bus and the cold mountain air got to me straight away. It was FREEZING! I'm talking 5 degrees. We were way up in the mountains, so no surprise there really, but on the plus side it was better to be sick and recovering in the cold than in uncomfortable sticky heat.
We booked into a great little hotel just on the edge of town, recommended to us by a friend who knew the family that ran the business. Hotel Posada Las Casas was paradise after the jungle. We had a huge comfortable bed that could sleep 4 people, a thick, cosy, colourful blanket and it was clean!
When you're in the thick of a cold there's nothing better than mulled wine, coffee and bakeries. This was San Cristobal all over - coupled with perfect mountain views. I never wanted to leave!
I bought myself a pair of thick woolly winter gloves and scarf from the local women and spent most of my time sitting in La Vina de Bacco - an Italian run wine bar in the heart of town, offering free tapas with every glass of wine ordered. HEAVEN!
The wine bar was actually so wonderful it inspired me. Maybe one day I'll open up my own bar. Be my own boss.
I really loved San Cristobal. It's a place in which you can happily lose yourself and just be for a while. A perfect retreat. The people are so friendly, the atmosphere warm, the mountain air fresh, the wine delicious...what more could you possibly ask for?