Welcome to Tom & Jana's
2003 Chiapas Journal!

Two weeks in Mexico's southernmost state,
with a short side-trip into Guatemala.

As followers of my journals might remember, I visited Guatemala and Mayan Mexico in late 1997, just before I met my wife. I talked up the region so much, Jana insisted I return - with her this time of course! We finally made that trip in late February, early March 2003. Here is the story of our journey...

The Region of our Travel

Our route in yellow. Click map for a zoom view. (228 KB)

Day   1   Knoxville to Villahermosa
Day   2   Villahermosa to Palenque
Day   3   Las Ruinas de Palenque
Day   4   Palenque to Flores, Guatemala, via Yaxchilán and Bonampak (the longest day ever)
Day   5   A day off in Flores, a boat ride on Lago Petén-Itzá
Day   6   Las Ruinas de Tikal
Day   7   Flores to Palenque, Mexico (the earliest day ever)
Day   8   Palenque to Comitán de Dominguez
Day   9   Comitán de Dominguez & Las Lagunas de Montebello
Day 10   San Cristóbal de Las Casas, the Mercado Municipal and just wandering around
Day 11   San Cristóbal de Las Casas & Las Grutas de Rancho Nuevo
Day 12   Chiapa de Corzo & El Cañon del Sumidero
Day 13   Tuxtla Gutiérrez & the Zoo
Day 14   A day on a bus, Tuxtla Gutiérrez to Villahermosa
Day 15   Colossal Olmec Heads, Parque-Museo La Venta
Day 16   Comalcalco: Maya City of Brick
Day 17   Villahermosa to Knoxville

Credit for this journal, once again, goes mostly to Jana. She seems to have a knack for these things. There will be a few improvements to this section in the next few weeks, but we felt it was ready for an early release in its current form. These pages are heavily loaded with pictures, so those of you still dialing for Internet will likely experience long loading times. We hope you enjoy our trip!

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