So Monday I was able to spare you another post ….we had a day at sea traveling 200 miles south from Acapulco. ….and now we are at our final stop in Mexico.
Wrapping up Mexico….I had know idea that the country has 4 time zones ….and as you travel south for whatever reason, your phone will not update automatically ….
But that said , we are now in Chiapas (CST)…10 miles north of Guatemala
Chiapas is the southern most state in Mexico bordering on Guatemala. It is made up of mountainous highlands, dense rainforests and abundant natural resources. The rainforests are where you will find the Myen architectural sites.
Chiapas is the poorest state in Mexico… due to high illiteracy and lack of infrastructure. The hourly wage is $2.43 and 76% live below poverty level…..
But surprisingly even with the poverty it is the safest area in all of Mexico.
Puerto Chiapas, the port, was developed in 1975 as a shipping terminal for produce in the region.
So the port was an interesting introduction …but given what we had read about Chiapas we wanted to find out what the real world was like, beyond the beautiful grounds of the welcome center….
So off for a bus ride to the city center.
Tapachula is a city of about 400k. The ride was about 45 minutes…. passing acres of farmland producing fresh produce….bananas, mango, corn, coffee and sugarcane …. even passed the farms of Chiquita banana.
Germans migrated to Chiapas in the late 1800’s developing the coffee plantations which were followed by Asian immigrants to work the fields. Coffee and agriculture are still staples of the economy.
On our way to Guatemala….10 miles down the road….we have now traveled by sea about 2500 nautical miles (a little over 2500 miles)….next stop Central America.