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In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age of 38. Now, into their 3rd decade of this financially independent lifestyle, they invite you to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.

Comitan Bus

Comitan De Dominguez, Mexico

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli

During our visit in Comitan, we stayed in the older part of the city that was Plaza centered. We like that Colonial flavor and the living history we find there. Comitan is one of the oldest cities in Chiapas, and it is distinguished by its unique landscapes that can be admired from anywhere in the city.

Smaller markets, boutique restaurants, live music and views of the countryside suit us very well.

But what if you want an item that's not sold in a local shop? What if your car breaks down and you need a part? Or perhaps you might want to see a movie? Then what?

You take a bus!

A local bus with its route painted on the windshield

Buses run by the Plaza regularly. You can catch one on the street just leading into the Centro Historico and for 6Pesos (about $0.33cents) it will take you straight to the Wal*Mart shopping center. Of course, you can deboard anywhere along the way.


Our driver

These van-style buses are also referred to as collectivos, as they are collecting the people and running them around to various stops.

The same trip to the Wal*Mart shopping plaza would cost 35Pesos by taxi, almost $2USD. Taxis are easily found around the Plaza in the center of old Comitan.

One of the bus stops

Here you see one of the stops that the bus makes, at a local market outside of the Historical District.

After all these years of traveling, I take for granted how common it is to simply walk in the street. If the sidewalks are crowded you simply step off the curb and continue walking. Cars, buses, taxis are all accustomed to this habit of the people and have adjusted their driving speed accordingly.

Of course, in major cities, one must be careful not to be run over by traffic!

Notice the Consulta Medica sign in the center of the photo. It is advertising a medical consultation for 30Pesos, or about $1.70USD.

At the shopping Plaza

The shopping center is quite modern. Here you see listed on the multi-plex cinema, The Revenant (top movie) for less than $1USD.  The second movie is The Breaking Point, and of course, you can always see Snoopy and Charlie Brown.


The superstore

This Wal*Mart is one of the largest we have ever seen. As of 2012, Wal*Mart was Mexico's largest private sector employer.  

 This is a superstore with everything imaginable inside and was so large, it would be easy to lose each other. If our phones had a local sims card, we would have wandered separately and it would not have been a problem, but since we had just come from Guatemala, we had yet to purchase one. Our phones would not have worked here in Mexico and we could have missed each other for hours!

A Burger King and the Cineplex is also available here.

So if you want to get outta town and see what else the greater city of Comitan offers, hop on a bus and take a tour!

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Billy and Akaisha Kaderli are recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance, medical tourism and world travel. With the wealth of information they share on their award winning website, they have been helping people achieve their own retirement dreams since 1991. They wrote the popular books, The Adventurer’s Guide to Early Retirement and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible available on their website bookstore or on

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