Jan 8, 2010, 9:53 AM
Post #7 of 19
Thank you, Joannar:
It´s good to hear from someone who has experienced, at length, the Jovel Valley, Chiapa de Corzo (which, if I could find a place overlooking the Rio Grijalva would be my favorite town down there) and Tuxtla Gutierrez. At first encounter, Tuxtla has a rawboned, tropical boomtown feel and why not. Only a few years ago there were about 12,000 people in a valley now occupied by anywhere from 600,000 to 1,000,000 souls. A city can´t grow like Topsy and still have the veneer of old age. Once we got to know the frenetic city better its charms became apparent to us. Some very fine restaurants (far superior in my opinion than San Cristóbal) , excellent upscale shopping centers and first run movie houses to say nothing of marimba concerts and tropical ambience. So, it´s on the warm and humid side. As we remember from Some Like It Hot; "Nobody´s perfect."
I am not surprised to read your comment that the Chinese food in Tapachula was not impressive. The chinese community in the Tapachula area consists of the descendants of semi-slave laborers from Canton who came to build the railroads just like in California. Like bachelors everywhere, most could not cook and today both in Jalisco and Chiapas we have the infamous Chinese buffet with its cheap and awful recycled food cooked for an undiscerning western trailer park palate and served on a steam table until it´s gone no matter how long that takes. We´ll, no doubt, skip that experience when we are in Tapachula and go for local cuisine.
(This post was edited by Hound Dog on Jan 8, 2010, 11:13 AM)