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On again, off again blockades that have been common over the years which may or may not be in place when you pass through. Between San Cristobal and Palenque we hit four blockades (two before and two after Ocosingo) which would not allow any vehicles to pass for 2-3 hours (comment: on 1Dec we were told we'd have to wait till 2-3pm), then open up to allow vehicles through one-by-one for 50 pesos. It took us two days to pass this stretch of road, two blockades per day, thanks to the significant time delays. They don't blockade at night, supposedly.

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We left San Cristóbal de las Casas at 9:15 am and luckily didn't have to deal with any blockades.

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Drove from San Chris to Palenque Jan 21, 2016.

We had heard the blockade was in place on the 20th.

It was not up when we passed but there was a large gathering of people at this location having a meeting. A rope lay flat across the road.

Maybe getting ready to start or had just stopped.

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We drove from Palenque to San Cristobal, at December 29th. No Blockades, everything was quiet and no Problems! Just many many topes!!! We never had so many topes on our whole Trip in South- and Centralamerica. It took us almost 8 hours driving ( including short breaks)

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Blockades were on when we got there at 10am. Apparently no vehicles went through since the previous day. What w managed to find out is that they would let vehicles go through in the afternoon (2-3pm was mentioned but it didn't sound definite). We were only two or so hours away from Palenque but decided to go back and around through San Cristobal and Villahermosa, as we didn't want to risk staying there overnight.

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No blockades but a thousand topes...

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I am not sure if its the same place but it was before Ocosingo. Classic blockade with lots of poor uneducated farmers/village people who collect money in the name of Zapatistas. In our case, they were angry about US, Clinton, Bush Trump and so on. If you speak some Spanish and you have time to kill, negotiate, bargain and talk with them. They initially asked 200p, then they went down to 10-20 but at the end we gave them nothing. Do not be afraid and try to waste their time. As the line gets bigger, they get nervous. When we all agreed that US and Gringos are "puta madre" they felt somehow happy and let us go without paying. Who knows what will be the case next time?

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no problem when passing this point at 11.00 pm

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We went from San cristobal to palenque and didn't have any road blocks. We left really early so maybe that's why or because it is no season now. My best bet would be to go early (6:30).

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We came across a blockade about 10km before this point. Having prior knowledge we hid our money except for some small change in the wallet. They asked for 500p then 300p. We gave them 45, showing that we didnt have anything else left in the wallet. There were about 10 of them on both sides of the car, plus the whole town pretty much standing on the side of the road. Didnt feel threatened at all.

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We drove from Agua Azul to San Cristobal de las Casas (~3.5h) with our VW Campervan, didn't run into any blockades even though the tour information in Palenque said there are two (P200 each), go early in the morning (we started at 6.15am)

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We start at 7am in san cristobal de las casas and didn't had problems, not one blockade.we ask the day bevor in the tourist information the cald the police and said its ok in the moment.we past one military control, very friendly, just ask wer we come from and wer we ar going to...

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Experienced a blockade at the cuota toll booths leaving Tuxtla on our way to San Cristobal de las Casas. A group of about 150 had taken over the toll area, armed with sticks and demanding 100 pesos to pass (double the rate). Police were parked nearby but did nothing - did not even warn us. Unnerving, as they shook our van once and surrounded us. Stay calm, pay the fee and go. Best case scenario: if you see a large group of people, stop to assess the situation in advance and turn around if you are unsure to ask at a gas station.

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We hit one before Ocosingo today. Very unpleasant feeling. Masked guys with nailed plank on the road. Practically whole village was sitting there and participating. They wanted 100 pesos but as we didn't have money we got away with 20.

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we run into one just before Ocosingo. it was a whole village including children and women. the mens were wearing masks and asked for 300 Pesos. We negotiated and gave them 100. it was a unpleasant surprise, even as they all looked very harmless. we have not seen any weapons.

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No blockades here for some time according to locals. That said, they are intermittent so planning for a possible delay is a good idea.

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Different blockades as already described. Stay calm and follow the instructions of the people. Behind Oxchue it can be really dangerous. Start your trip very very early in the morning so maybe the blockades are not build up.

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Asked around San Cristobal about blockades and it seems there haven't been any in the last week at least. So we took a chance and didn't run into any blockades. However in this area a family had a rope stretched across the street. A young, smiling boy came to ask us for $20 pesos. We only had a few pesos on us and large bills, but a few pesos was good enough.

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On again, off again blockades that have been common over the years which may or may be in place when you pass through. Between San Cristobal and Palenque we hit four blockades (two before and two after Ocosingo) which would not allow any vehicles to pass for 2-3 hours, then open up to allow vehicles through one-by-one for 50 pesos. It took us two days to pass this stretch of road, two blockades per day, thanks to the significant time delays. They don't blockade at night, supposedly.

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