Dec 25, 2007, 9:17 AM
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I do not remember the exact address of the center. It is in the Barrio de Cerrillo (not on the hill, on the flat part) or maybe centro within a square between Colon, Ejercito Nacional, Real de Guadalupe and Diego Dugelay. It is on the left hand side as you go away from the andador (a few blocks east of the andador). There is a small cafe. It may be on Flavio Panaigua from what I remember or one street over on either side.
Re: [hopakco] Buddhist Center in SCDC/ travel safety driving to Palenque
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Sorry I cannot remember exactly the name of the street. I have a friend who rented a room there a year ago and the place is nice but cannot remember for sure which street it was on. Ask on the street in the area, the merchants should know.
Many people go to Palenque so it is as safe as it can get, considering it is the road with the most robberies in Mexico. There are many collectivos and buses going through so you should have no problems as long as you do not go there at night.
The road is very curvy, full of topes, some of them pretty bad and can be lonely, depending on the time of the day but it is worth it. It is absolutely beautiful. Do not miss the ruins in Toniná, near Ocosingo.
SC to Palenque is a 4 and 1/2 hour drive. Ocosingo is 2 hours from San Cristobal and there are plenty of hotels if you want to spend the night. The ruins are a must, we prefer them to Palenque and the Ocosingo valley is magical.
The Esmarald ranch (mentioned in some guide books as having good cabins) at the entrance of the ruins is no more as it was taken over by the Zapatistas a couple of years ago, the owners have a nice inexpensive hotel by the same name in the center of Ocosingo.
It is truly beautiful country so leave early and take your time, You can stop at Agua Azul one hour before you get to Palenque or visit many water falls on the way. Most of the sites are on ejido land and require entry fees.
We had to go to Palenque 5 times a few months ago and the road at the time had 3 serious army check points. There have been problems in Palenque and in the jungle with the narcs so we were searched several times for weapons and drugs. Unlike other times they asked everyone in cars to get out and searched us and our car thoroughly . No drugs, no weapons on that road in tourist cars for sure....
Have a great trip.
(This post was edited by beatricemor on Dec 25, 2007, 11:56 AM)