Basswood wrote more details about his trip. He said he started hitchhiking from Campeche and made it all the way to Palenque, Chiapas, through 3 states in one day. He arrived in town about two hours after dark, got a few hotdogs from a foodstand, which was his first meal of the day and walked 3 or 4 Kilometers out of town. He then set up his hammock in the jungle while having to deal with giant bugs.
Basswood spent the next day walking around the ruins of Palenque, climbing pyramids then walked back into town, got a bite to eat and caught an eleven o clock bus for San Cristobal.
One of Basswood's goals for this trip is to collect heirloom and landrace seeds that he can send home to grow next year. (We are still waiting on his permit to send seeds back to the US.) He wrote that he went to the market yesterday and bought 4 different types of beans, including a rainbow landrace of Lima's. Learn about landrace seeds
I must say here that collecting beans is his passion. He spent the fall ordering landrace and heirloom beans from different seed companies. He plans on raising some heirlooms in the spring. But, he also wants to have a bean patch where he grows all his different landrace and heirloom beans together to try and develop a landrace for northern Minnesota.