A one week ride, McAllen TX - Chiapas Mex.

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  1. Arte

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    hey WB. You have to come with us next time, ride on "La Buenota" or "La Mexicana"
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  2. Dr. Schittbaum

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    Awesome! I will be in touch. I start work january 13th so I will probably be there around the 1st. looking forward to it, your rides are beautiful and the food looks amazing!!
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  3. mdouglas71

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    Nice write up ~
    I laughed when I saw the picture of that girl 2up :rofl:rofl
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  4. Arte

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    walking in San Cristobal is very relaxing, not counting the endless peddlers trying to sell you their art craft, is beautiful hand made art but they are so persistent. Well they are trying to make a living so I do not blame them. Actually is kinda sad to see many childs working very late at night selling stuff.

    so we wandered all around right after book at the hotel, getting to know the place and trying to get a spot to have a nice drink and some entree.

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    several young guys living their dreams I guess, since they are up to what they can collect with their entertaining skills

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    I love antique doors

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    we sat for a drink at a nice place on the sidewalk bar

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    red red wine...

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  6. Arte

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    walking thru the street market of San Cristobal is totally colorful, I got neck pain to be turning all ways looking at everything and trying to figure out what was it..

    red chile

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    many bean types

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    spices

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    Cigars at 5 pesos each :lol3

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    dryied shrimp

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    Rambutan fruit

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    awesome and proudly wearing outfit

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    sheep skin to make Chamula outfits

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    fresh and ready for a soup

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    beautiful artcraft

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    we got into the deep of the local food market and everyone were staring at us since no foreingers were at there... only locals and the etnias

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    but the food was excellent

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    :clap Keep it coming... :freaky
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    We left san Cristobal around 11:00 am and headed south to our next

    stop. El Chiflon waterfall and from there keep riding to get to "Montebello Lakes"


    the road is very curvy and really well mantained, just forget the topes. Topes is a must, is a souvenir, is a blended item with the daily living of the locals.. and what the heck, for the KLR's they are "topes mis guevos", they are like if they does not exists :lol3

    a short stop to get some bread as snack (after a tope)

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    From road 190, we took the 101, then after las Rosas, took the 226 road.


    a short leg streching stop
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    the area is still flooded at many road spots that we found ourselves on a part of the road totally blocked by this lagoon

    (in the mean time we played some soccer)

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    So in order to keep going, we needed to take a dirt road detour, but guess what?....

    it was gate guarded by the locals and there were a 10 pesos donation in order to let us thru.,,:lol3

    hey! we needed some dirt road so we pay fast and went! nice, some mud and a single track road... but to short! only a couple miles and there we were again on the tarmac.


    in the middle of this picture is a view of the Water Fall el chiflon seen from the road at some 6 miles of distance. The waterfall is massive once being right below, is impresive,

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    but first we needed some food.
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  9. Sun Ray

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    I wanted to thank you for sharing these! I used to live there when I was a young man, for about 5 years. I lived in San Cristobal and then my family moved to San Pedro Chenalho. I left in 88, because my mom died (she is buried there.) Lucky me, if you consider the casualties of the rebellion. Anyways, looking at these picture me llenan de llanto. My mother and I went to that market often, and I remember the smell of dried shrimp, fresh guaraches, music, and food. Mi Padrino still lives there. I think I'll need to do an organized trip there someday, just like you guys. Again, keep the pictures coming if you have more, they're awesome. ¡Un million de gracias, reos!
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  10. Arte

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    Hey RayofSun,

    thanks for come along on the RR.

    The remembrances are more vivid and intense when are triggered by the smelling of those things related to a past event, and more when it was something very pleasant. I at least recall many things of the past when something in the air gets to my nose and in a flash it transports me years back, and like the cartoons, I get dragged and need to get to the source of the odor just to see it.

    I spent one year of my life in Motozintla, near Tapachula. But it was also many many years ago. I was in elementary school back then.
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  11. Arte

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    Happy meal before get to the waterfall el Chiflon

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    booked a nice two bed shack only 500 pesos.

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  12. Arte

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    OK a little bit back before booking the shack.
    finished the happy meal and rode to the waterfall park.


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    the waterfall on the background (see the white spot in the midle of the mountains?)

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    entering the park ($25 pesos each biker)

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    The park keeper did let us go with our mules right to the front door of the cabin, so we did not have to carry all the stuff up hill. Nice.
    Left the bikes parked and on went up hill to get to the waterfall.

    The park is very well developed, picnic areas, restrooms, a little grocery store and a restaurante that opens on weekends only.
    The park is private property managed and across the river is public park management. We did not know this until next day when we left. But to watch and enjoy is the same.

    all the way up to the waterfall is well suited for a safe little trekking.

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    there are like three or four smaller waterfalls before get to the huge one

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    almost there... I can see the light!!

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    this was a nice shot from JC's gopro.
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  13. Arte

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    I can see it already!

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    DAMN!!! it was awesome! masive ! no wonder why the grocery store girl had her eyes wide opened when I asked if I could dive right at the pond where the water were falling from top.... she said... if you wanna die....


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    The pictures are not good since the area it was very damp, even when the waterfall was about 50 yard away from where we were standing, it was raining man, and I was worried about my nikon SLR camera (stupid! you have a waterproof gopro attached to the helmet, back at the cabin)... hahaha

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  14. Mike92

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    Looks like another great adventure Arte!
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    went back to the shack but before we got a refreshing dive into the river. altough it is a small (not wide) water stream, the current was strong in the middle so we stayed near the shore.


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    after some play like childs, walked to the cabin for a snack, beer, cigar and bullshit chat..

    The bikes in the jungle..

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    next day, I'm getting ready Pata de Perro to ride,

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    then I look up and see that I parked under a wasp nest

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    and next to it, a small bird's nest...

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    beautiful!
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  16. Arte

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    but before that we needed to refuel, so rode to Comitan for fuel before head to the border with Guatemala and visit the Montebello Lakes....

    The fuel at Comitan

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    also got some gas for the bikes...
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    Cuando llego a McAllen me llevas a ver los chiapanecos
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    We got to National Park lagunas de Montebello and hired a guided tour with a local guy. He collected 200 pesos for a 3+ hrs tour. He ride with JC on his VStrom. Very cool guy.

    First thing he took us to the Guatemala Border to see a little lake that is in the middle of the border line. an we crossed to Guatemala to get a little souvenirs for the kids. this border is not guarded since there are not too accesibles roads on Guatemala side.

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    Right after we returned to check on the rest of the lakes since there are several and we wanted to find as well a spot to camp.

    The colors of the water of the lakes are awesome, Turquesa, Emerald, cristal clear, etc. here is a little sample pics. some of the pics are repeated since I just learning to utilize the DSRL and trying to take the pic with a different setting, bla, bla, bla


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    I do not recall the names of the lakes but what the hell, all of them are beautiful and very close each other, many of them are interconnected by underground currents.

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    I think the locals collect 300 pesos to get you to the little island so you have a dive and swim on its beach.

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    Lancheros a la orden
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    More lakes coming
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    ¿Pasaron por Agual Azul y Palenque en Chiapas? Muy bonitas Fotos. Espero que pongan más. :clap
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    Si, fuimos a Palenque y tuvimos una experiencia extrema.... a CRASH experience.... wait for the details... a hell tale...
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