Travel Diary #01

By Sergio Camalich

Every two weeks I’ll be publishing little excerpts from my travel diary to show a little bit more of what I live every day. These are taken from September 1 through 15.


In the end, I did come to Chacahua and it has been an excellent idea.

Navigating through the tunnels, as slow as possible and in total darkness while the water glowed, had me smiling the whole time.

I’m scared of going out and leaving my things in this guesthouse. At least I escaped from the mosquitos.

The best way to fall in love with a city is to see it by night. Tuxtla is the best example.


Like everything in life, you shouldn’t force a party. Today I’ll sleep early.

I’m not sure I’d like to make business out of this project. I’d like to maintain it as “virgin” as possible.

Went to San Juan Chamula again and it was still quite impressive. It is definitely on my Top 5 list of favorite temples, so far.

I’m still deciding whether to stay in San Cristóbal, go to Palenque and not come back or go to Guatemala and change the whole route. Man, I love this city.

Today I said goodbye to Giuseppe and Santiago, hopefully not for the last time. My new crew are 3 australians I met in Puerto Escondido after offering them some help to carry a big water jug—Maggie, Phoebe and Rob.

Maggie found and avocado tree inside the Palenque ruins and we had a feast with them. Now we have avocados for days!


After a little bit of exercise, we hopped into a colectivo to go to Agua Azul, while we ate the best banana bread I’ve ever had.

I think we discovered the best way to enter for free to all the ruins in Mexico: Arrive as late as possible and they’ll let you in for free. It happened to us in Palenque and now in Toniná.

I like the fact that every time I see a firefly, I think of her.

I have to admit that Lacanjá is not as good as I expected. Totally touristy and not as authentic as they claim to be.


Spent 3 hours in Villahermosa trying to find cheap accommodation, but ended up sleeping at the bus station until I was able to get a bus to Campeche. I’m still amazed by cities that don’t want to be backpacked.

Where next?