Ocozocoautla, Chiapas – Earthquake and camping in children’s home

The earth quivers. Remarkably. Even Arminius’ suspended cabin shakes. The trees on the parking lot bend back and forth and it becomes clear why parking under a coconut tree with fruits is not recommended. After seconds the impressive tremor abates. Later we research that it was an earthquake with strength of 4.9, and the epicentre wasn’t far from us. There shouldn’t be injured persons or considerable damages. But the reason to head on is more the sultry, paralyzing heat. The climate in the highland is more pleasant.

In the evening we reach Hogar Infantil in Ocozocoautla close to Tuxtla Gutierrez. The children’s home was founded by American residents and houses orphaned, impoverished, abused, abandoned or street kids, provides them with food, love, teaching, education and opportunities for their future. There are four campsites on the big lot with electric and water hook-up. Payment is neither expected nor accepted. It is just possible to donate via the American website (www.hogarinfantil.com). The principal warmly welcomes us, the kids keep a distance, and just the sheep surround us that keep the grass short and contribute to the agricultural income of the home. It is a great idea for travellers to stop here; it is peaceful, quiet, and safe: N 16°46’33.7’’ W 93°23’02.8’’.

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