San Cristobal de Las Casas was originally founded as Ciudad Real in early 16th century. The city was in the center a Spanish city and on the outskirts housed the indigenous population of Mayas.
To pacifiy these two antagonistic populations, they placed three monasteries (mercederio, dominican and franciscan) in between the Spanish center and the Indian periphery.Before the birth of the last convent, the Dominican brother Bartolome de las Casas (the first actual bishop) arrived in 1545 and opted for the dream of the Mayas and as a consequence suffered the rejection of the conquistadors.
The Spanish dream of 1524 revealed a clear urban will. During the two first centuries, the city fought against floods, earth quakes and the isolation of being on the border.
The city was called San Cristobal first. Then its name was extended to San Cristobal de las Casas in memory of the first bishop.
In 2003 San Cristobal had a population of 121.100 people.
Casa Del Jade
Jade was one of the most important material for the Maya people. Here you can see many jewellry, small sculpture mad of jade and observe how they are done.
They have also a replica of a king Pakal's tomb from Palenque.
Book a tour
I booked 2 tours on 24 februari 2008 at Tierra Maya tour operator. Very friendly woman who helped me. On the flyer it says open 8.00 -21.00. but i have notices that it is 8.30-12.30 and 15.30-20.00.
i booked for 25th of februari Sumidero Canyon and Chiapa de Corzo 160 pesos
26th of februari Aqua Azul, Misol-HA waterfalls and Palenque ruins (staying in Palenque) 260p
Other things you can book
Montebello lakes and Chiflon Waterfall (30 minutes caves 2 hours lakes 2 hours waterfall)
They say you can swim at the lakes and waterfall but i would not do that at the lakes. 200p.
Bonampak and Yaxchilan for 1 day 700 pesos
also possibilaty to stay 2 days or to go to Flores.
Think best way to email them for prices and what is included.
San Cristobal de las Casas
San Cristobal is in the highlands of Chiapas, Mexico's poorest, and in my opinion so far, most beautiful state.
"A nice break from the hustle of travel"
sitting in a park sipping coffee and painting the surroundings...
I don't get too much time at home to sit in a park creating half of the day, so this is such a great treat for me.
"Nestled in the Valley of Jovel"
A small colonial town with a population of about 120,000, centered in one of Mexico's most indigenous regions. There are several villages around San Cristobal worth visiting, and if you happen to catch a ceremony in one of theses chuches, it is a treat indeed!