Posted by: Gary Guertin | December 3, 2010

12. Panama Canal Cruise–Puerto Chiapas, Mexico

Hi All,

This blog is going to be the shortest one I have posted, because Puerto Chiapas, Mexico is just a port for people to board a bus and travel 2 to 3 hours to see Mayan ruins or tropical forest.  Since Susy and I have seen both many times we decided to pass up the hours on the bus and just stay in port.  Thank goodness we had made that decision because Susy didn’t feel well and just spent the day recuperating.  I ventured out to the port so here’s a look at the little port first from the ship with a few panoramic photos:

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The photo above was taken of the left (port) side of the ship and just shows a few houses set on the bay.  The next photo was taken off the right (starboard) side of the ship looking from the left side of the photo above down toward the ship.

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That first building you see is a part of the pier and holds a restaurant and swimming pool.  The next photo completes the picture from the left side of the photo above to the rest of the pier:

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The next photo shows the main port building from the ship:

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As you can see there is nothing for miles around to see,, so Susy didn’t even get off the ship, but I thought you might be interested in that main terminal building so I did get off.  First the ship’s port sign:

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Then the port sign you see in front of the main building:

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Here is a big map of the area which shows you were Puerto Chiapas is (at the right near Guatemala):

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As you can see all the places of interest are hours away by bus.  Oh, you wanted to see what was inside the main port building.  It was a huge square room with shops all the way around the outside and in the center a dug out performance stage with dancers, bands, etc. performing all day.  I took a movie of the dancers and here is a snapshot from the movie:

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Well that’s Puerto Chiapas.  It was good to get back on the Statendam:

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and see Susy.  Next stop tomorrow is Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala.  We broke down and bought tickets to be taken to the city of La Antigua, a “World Heritage site”.  We both hope the hour and a half bus ride each way will be worthwhile.  Until then,

Love You All,

Gary (alias Gagu)


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