On our first night we went to the cinema (a cold room at the back of a cafe) to watch a documentary about the local guerrillas, the Zapatistas, fighting for indigenous peoples’ rights. They’re still active in the surrounding forests and after the film we jumped every time a firecracker (that Mexican’s seem to love so much) went off. The situation didn’t seem so serious though, when we discovered you can buy cute knitted figurines of the outlawed guerrilla generals from the local indigenous market.
We went for a high altitude bike ride with a nice chap called Marco. We chose the easiest route he had on offer but Iain still nearly couldn’t continue after the first small hill. Altitude really does make a difference – as does 4 months of eating and drinking your way around the world.