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A couple of kilometers outside the village of Teapa we find Grutas del Cocona.
A large cave system containing 8 large rooms connected with 500 meters, mostly walkable, underground path. A nice daytrip and an escape from the oppressive heat in Tabasco.
My visit at the caves was not only a cool day away from the sun it also became a small adventure. Usually the caves are lightened up, this day it was a power outage.

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Bananas has been a hot topic in Sweden the last couple of years after the documentaries Bananas!* a film about plantation workers in Nicaragua and the follow up Big Boys Gone Bananas!* telling the following story when a small documentary filmmaker was sued by a multi-billion dollar company.

Personally I haven’t eaten bananas in a few years as my own personal protest. This, of course, has been a basis of discussions and – I believe – a source for many jokes in Mexico. Especially here in Tabasco where platanos come with the mother’s milk.
When it got known I was going to Tabasco I was invited to visit a plantation to see with own eyes how they grow bananas around here.
My day at a plantation was long, hot and very interesting.

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Mexico is a country of opposites. I have spent the last summers in the middle of the country, in the city of Toluca, about 60 km (close to 40 miles) west of Mexico City. Going a few hours north it is dry land and all you see is brown, sunburned fields. Going a few hours south it is all green with an amazing vegetation.

Nowhere is the opposites of the country and the complexity of the Mexicans so clear as in the state of Tabasco.
Half of Mexico is geographically in the tropic, but Tabasco is the real tropic with rainforest , rivers and fertile soil. Step on a Papaya seed today and next year you have a blooming plant.
There is fruit growing in the wild everywhere, mango, papaya, cacao and all kind of citrus as orange, lime and lemon. Some fruits I have never seen before, like the colorful pitaya.

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