Friday, August 12, 2011

Comitán, our own little Shangri-La

With only a couple of days left to spend in Mexico (we had to be in Xela by August 1st for language school), we headed south but decided to spend a night in Comitán. To our pleasant surprise, this little city turned out to be a gem. We were able to find a posada with hot water for 120 pesos, our cheapest yet in Mexico, and enjoyed exploring the town for the rest of the day.

(not bad for the price)

Although the town is rather large, with over 100,000 people, it is very mellow and clean. There are also very few tourists, so we were not accosted to buy something on every other block.

(all public parks had lots of modern sculptures like the one in the foreground)

(main cathedral)

(Medical consultations for just over $1)

One of the highlights was finding the Shangri-La, a sweet bar that served about 50 different kinds of delicious mixed drinks that came with one appetizer per drink. What better way to eat dinner and spend the pesos we needed to get rid of anyway before leaving Mexico? (exchanging pesos seemed so silly at the time, especially while admiring their drink/appetizer menu)

("Mariachi - Keep your distance!" This was much funnier after spending a couple of hours in Shangri-La.  If you are not amused, I think you know what you need to do.)

In the morning, we found a torta shop on the end of our block that also served amazing banana milkshakes ("licuados").

(Mike at possibly our favorite restaurant in Mexico)

Jill was even able to satisfy her craving for elote (corn on the cob with lemon and chile) by buying some from an extemely nice street vendor. I guess we will remember the town more for our gluttonous attack on it than anything else, but trust us, it is a nice place to spend a day or two.

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