Banditos and Caravans, Part 1

There’s this book that everyone seems to use called, Traveler’s Guide to Mexican Camping: Explore Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize with Your RV or Tent (Traveler’s Guide series) It’s by the Churches, but it hasn’t been updated in 6 years. Plenty of campgrounds they write of have been closed, names changed, new campgrounds opened. But since there isn’t anything better out there, people are still buying and using the Church’s book.

We are no exception, and neither are our Canadian friends.

And despite the fact that a lot of what the Churches say about things is outdated, we still read it and avoid things that they say were or are dangerous. The road from the Palenque ruins to the Cascades Agua Azul was one such road they warned about

 Banditos

They said to watch out because the road is said to have bandits. Bandits are said to work in a few ways: they can hold a roadblock and exact a fee from travelers. If they are wearing a uniform, they could be from the government, in which case, it’s okay, right?! But some bandits are just dressed up in government uniforms.

Then there are some that evidently just flat out steal from you. With or without uniforms.

Our experience so far with Mexico is that there are a fair number of check points, where military ask everyone to stop and they ask you where you are traveling from, etc. One wanted to borrow some salt from us because he ran out. Yeah, it seems scary in the beginning and maybe we never really get over the scary factor because they are carrying big guns and hey, I’m from the USA; our cops kill us. So guns freak me out. But in all reality, the military guards in Mexico are usually kids and they are usually very, very nice. Unless they are from Veracruz.

 Back to my story.

Since our Canadian friends and us wanted to travel to Cascades Agua Azul and along the highlands of Chiapas, and since we had all read the Church’s book and were nervous about banditos, we decided to caravan and have our total of 6 kids scare the bejesus out of any would-be banditos. Great plan, right?!!

We got to the falls, set up camp, stayed for a few days. The highlands were almost unspeakably gorgeous. The waterfalls were as well. Fall upon fall upon fall – intensely beautiful. My photos do it no justice.

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PS

We’ve got Part 2 coming up soon

Meriah
is a deaf blogger, global nomad, tech-junkie, cat-lover, Trekkie, Celto-Teutonic-peasant-handed mom of 3 (one with Down syndrome and one gifted 2E).
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