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San Cristóbal de las Casas

The spiritual capital of the southern state of Chiapas, the city of San Cristóbal de las Casas is a friendly town known as a good base from which to explore the wonders of the state of Chiapas, from the ruins of Palenque and Tonino to natural wonders such as the Chorreadero Waterfall and the Rancho Nuevo Ecological Reserve, which has some marvelous caves to explore.

The city itself has a lot to offer: check out the city architecture, including the Santo Domingo de Guzmán Temple and Convent. San Cristóbal de Las Casas features a population high in descendents of the Maya: the city sometimes seems like an extension of Guatemala, not far to the south. This means that there are good artisan markets featuring finely made textiles. The best market is next to the Cathedral.

Many visitors to San Cristobal de Las Casas continue on to visit nearby San Juan Chamula, a small town rich in tradition.


Neighborhoods in San Cristóbal de las Casas: Centro,

Other places nearby San Cristóbal de las Casas: Mitla, Santo Tomas Jalietza, Toniná (ruins), Ocosingo, Puerto Escondido, Tehuantepec, Chiapa De Corzo, Taxco, Ciudad Cuauhtemoc and Zihuatanejo.







05 Dec 2006

Exciting Outdoor Excursions in San Cristóbal de las Casas

Chiflón Waterfall

107301This spectacular waterfall is a couple of hours from town but it is worth heading out to. A 30-minute easy walk along a riverside path heads up to a viewpoint over the falls, where the river tumbles ...
Adventure Tour
San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico

Sumidero Canyon

107303This is probably the best trip to do out of San Cristóbal and it is cheaper to do it on a tour than it is to go individually. It is only an hour to the boat dock from where launches go when they ...
Boating, Adventure Tour
San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico

Grutas de San Cristóbal

107300This large cave is nothing special but is an interesting short outing that lies about 30-minutes from the town. Illuminated with natural light and with a footpath running its full length, it is not a ...
Hiking, Adventure Tour
San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico

Lagunas de Montebello

107302This is a peaceful and pleasant place. The park is made up of more than 50 lakes deep in impressive forest and while many are simply smallish pools of varying colours there are some with rock ...
National Park, Adventure Tour
San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico

Horseback Riding

Meet Esther at the Cafeteria del Centro at 9 a.m. or 1 p.m. for a four hour, guided horseback riding tour to the indigenous village of Chamula. This small tour company can also arrange to pick you up ...
Horseback Riding
San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico

Lagunas de Montebello

107302This is a peaceful and pleasant place. The park is made up of more than 50 lakes deep in impressive forest and while many are simply smallish pools of varying colours there are some with rock ...
National Park, Adventure Tour
San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico

Chiflón Waterfall

107301This spectacular waterfall is a couple of hours from town but it is worth heading out to. A 30-minute easy walk along a riverside path heads up to a viewpoint over the falls, where the river tumbles ...
Adventure Tour
San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico

Sumidero Canyon

107303This is probably the best trip to do out of San Cristóbal and it is cheaper to do it on a tour than it is to go individually. It is only an hour to the boat dock from where launches go when they ...
Boating, Adventure Tour
San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico

Grutas de San Cristóbal

107300This large cave is nothing special but is an interesting short outing that lies about 30-minutes from the town. Illuminated with natural light and with a footpath running its full length, it is not a ...
Hiking, Adventure Tour
San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico

Lagunas de Montebello

107302This is a peaceful and pleasant place. The park is made up of more than 50 lakes deep in impressive forest and while many are simply smallish pools of varying colours there are some with rock ...
National Park, Adventure Tour
San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico

Historical Buildings in San Cristóbal de las Casas

Templo Santa Domingo Guzman

127878With its ornate, pinkish exterior and gold interior, Santo Domingo is without a doubt the most beautiful and well-known of the San Cristobal churches. The large interior is filled with life-sized ...
Historical Building
San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico

Templo Mexicanos

127880Although it is located near Santa Domingo, Templo Mexicanos is not a tourist destination. As of writing (November 2008), the 1904 exterior of the church is undergoing construction, but the inside is ...
Historical Building
San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico

Santa Lucia's Temple

128053Santa Lucia is not only the name of a church, which matches the sky with its bright blue and white exterior, but also serves as the namesake for the surrounding part of town. Mixing Neo-Gothic and ...
Historical Building
San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico

Ex-Convento de Santa Domingo

Before being restored in 1975, the building on the Westside of Santa Domingo was a former convent, chapel and, after the 1910 Mexican Revolution, was also temporarily a jail, library and cafeteria. ...
Historical Building
San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico

The Best Places to Grab a Bite in San Cristóbal de las Casas

Miura Restaurante

107289Skip lunch and head here early to pig out on the meat fest this place provides. As you would expect with an all-you-can-eat, the quality is not award-winning but it is certainly tasty and includes ...
Restaurant
San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico

Los Balcones

107292This nice and decently priced restaurant is a good spot to head to for simple meals like chicken dishes and pastas but also offers some prime cuts of steak from their steak house. It is a short walk ...
Restaurant
San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico

Yick Cafe

This is a pleasant relaxed cafe on the Zócolo at the heart of the city and is open from about 6am until 11pm offering tasty freshly brewed coffees, hot chocolate and snacks. It also offers one of ...
Restaurant
San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico

Lalla's Italian Kitchen

Located in the La Grigua Bed and Breakfast is Lalla's Italian Kitchen has specialities from our native Mediterranean kitchen: the warmth of the sun enhanced by a variety of rich lingering ...
Restaurant
San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico

VIA VAI

VIA VAI is a modern café serving decadent Italian favorites, including gelato, pastries and frappes. The lush leather seats and granite table tops gives a high class feel to this moderately priced ...
Restaurant
San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico

Ristorante Italiano L’Angelo

128110Pictures of Sophia Lauren and the Colosseum line the walls in this Italian restaurant. A favorite of both locals and travelers alike, Ristorante Italiano L’Angelo uses only extra virgin olive oil ...
Restaurant
San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico

La Salsa Verde

This bare bones, no-frill taquiria offers cheap, basic meals starting at $2.15 for five small chicken tacos. The front of the restaurant contains a huge grill where the chefs cut meat off a spit and ...
Restaurant
San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico

Falafel

Very good Falafel place with fresh food and delicious Israeli vegetarian cooking in San ...
Restaurant
San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico

Chez Mine

Conveniently located next door to the Casa en el Arbol Spanish School and within walking distance of Templo Santa Domingo, the tiny Chez Mine offers cheap delicious local Mexican food. Starting at ...
Restaurant
San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico
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