In Mexico Takes Planning, But Is Worth It
By JOHN M. DERBY
February 15, 2018
For two years, we have been planning a trip to the state
of Chiapas, in southern Mexico, and now that trip is less
than a week away.
have done most of the planning on our computer as well as
making hotel reservations and paying for air fare.
use Expedia Travel on the Internet, however, nowadays there
are half a dozen businesses which make travel reservations
and most seem equally reliable. Expedia has been in the
business for longer than most and we have found their rates
to be competitive and background information to be essential.
payments are all made by credit card, and in some cases,
even when the reservations claim to be “non-refundable,”
Expedia can cancel them if necessary, and reimburse our
credit card for the expense. This was the case when we failed
to make a trip to France last September.
in Mexico is comparatively cheap, especially in the state
of Chiapas, which is the southernmost state in Mexico, and
borders with Guatemala.
hotel rooms for two people are $35 a night. The round trip
air fare is $335 from La Paz, Mexico and even cheaper from
Cabo San Lucas.
flights go to Mexico City and then from there to other destinations.
We have a 3-hour layover in Mexico City which is just right
to grab a bite to eat and give us time to transfer to another
could have flown on a cheaper airline in Mexico, which would
have saved us $100 each, but Expedia gave that airline a
poor rating, and we opted for AeroMexico which had a good
rating; just one more bonus for using Expedia.
flight time for AeroMexico was also much shorter as the
other airline, Interjet, had two stops before arriving to
Tuxtla Gueterriz, Chiapas, our first destination.
Gutierriz is the capitol of Chiapas, but not its most interesting
city. We planned to stay a couple of days to get our bearings,
than head east to the city of San Cristabol, the cultural
center of Chiapas. In San Cristabol we made reservations
for five days, which included Tuesday, Feb. 13, or the “Fat
Cristabol was the former capital of Chiapas but had lost
that role in one of the transitions of government, and there
have been many. Chiapas is the poorest state in all of Mexico,
and in its history the people, who are mostly of Mayan decent,
revolted from the rest of Mexico because they received the
least amount of help from the federal government.
it is considered a “Safe State” by the American
government which has just blacklisted a half dozen other
Mexican states because of drug wars. Most of those states
are near the northern border, but others like Colima and
Michoacan, are in the center coastal area of the country.
about four or five years we did not travel in mainland Mexico
as the reports of violence and drug wars scared us. Two
years ago, we started going back and found the country to
be much safer depending on what area we were traveling in.
final destination on this trip is to see the ancient Mayan
ruins at Palenque, located in the jungle at the most easterly
edge of the state of Chiapas. It’s reputed to be one
of the most significant archaeological finds in all of Mexico.
will be taking you with us in this column.