San Cristóbal de Las Casas Travel Guide

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San Cristóbal de Las Casas Highlights

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     Wonderful Indeginous People 

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     There are a lot of tourists in this town 

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     San Cristobal de las Casas is a must see town in Chiapas, Mexico 

San Cristóbal de Las Casas Things to Do

  • Iglesia de San Francisco

    Founded in 1577 by the Franciscans, the Iglesia de San Francisco is the only thing remaining of the convent, built during the eighteenth century. The top floor is a single nave covered with a wood and tile roof. The facade is composed of three sections with a belfry and two side towers. Inside there are baroque altarpieces, a pulpit, and oil...

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  • Iglesia de Guadelupe

    I advise you to climb to the Church of the Virgin de Guadalupe which impressively perched on a high hill overlooking the town and you will be awed by the panorama as seen from the hill.The Iglesia del Cerro de Guadalupe is surrounded by a quant wooded small plaza, and consists of a single nave with a side chapel. It was built on top of the Cerro...

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  • Real de Guadelupe

    The city’s center maintains its Spanish colonial layout and much of its architecture, with red tile roofs, cobblestone streets and wrought iron balconies often with flowers. Most of the city’s economy is based on commerce, services and tourism. Tourism is based on the city’s history, culture and indigenous population, although the tourism itself...

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  • El Carmen Arch

    The El Carmen Arch (Torre de El Carmen) is a building formerly used as the church‘s bell tower, which since has become an important image of the city.

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  • Iglesia del Carmen

    The Iglesia del Carmen (Carmen Church) with its simple facade and 18th century Moorish-style arch tower is all that remains of the former convent of La Encarnacion. The church and convent, built during the 17th century, once served as the entranceway to the city.The Iglesia and Arco del Carmen, is a unique structure and is considered part of a...

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  • Iglesia de San Cristobal

    Not far from the Iglesia La Merced, between the La Merced and San Antonio neighborhoods, begins the long flight of steps that climb up to the Templo de San Cristobal, also known as El Cerrito, located at the top of the San Cristobal Martyr hill, patron of the city. This temple was built by Friar Juan de Ordonez in the late eighteenth century.

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San Cristóbal de Las Casas Restaurants

  • Chiapas cuisine

    Traditional Mexican cuisine is served in the La Chimenea Restaurant. Guests can enjoy a drink in La Pergola Lounge, or in the El Pavo Real Bar.This fine-dining restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. You can watch my 2 min 38 sec Video San Cristobal de Las Casas Villa Mercedes in the morning out of my...

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  • Try the local food

    On and around the main square there are many sit-down restaurants. You can find cheaper food at the local street vendors and at the markets. Cocoliche, Cristóbal Colón 3 (close to Real de Guadalupe). Mexican, Asian, pasta, vegetarian, smoothies, juices, sandwiches, burritos, all very good. Free wifi. They frequently have free bands that play here...

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  • Something quiet and wonderful

    I was walking by this place coming back from the markets and had a feeling about it. My feeling was right this place is delight. I opted for the comida buffet which slowed me to sample everything and I did. There were three types of meat to chose from chicken, wings, chicken cordon bleu or in a mole negro. Pork in chunks in a red sauce. Beef in a...

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  • A taste of the middle east in Chiapas

    What a nice surprise after having tacos for a few days. I had the tasty falafel 30 pesos and mint/lemon tea. My meal was great after a day visiting the mayan villages. Falafel

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  • Breakfasts, Bagels and More

    While I have to say I'm not surprised, I was a little disappointed to find this place written up on the Wikitravel pages. I thought I had been to a place that was less traveled than that, but its reputation is deserved.The average tourist may not get the best service, but locals and long term visitors will get better and better service with repeat...

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  • Best Sandwiches

    Many people have commented on Cafe Bar Revolución as being a good place for live music and general bar going. I'd have to agree, I came here a couple times for that reason with my local friends.But I would not be doing my good Samaritan duties if I did not mention that they also have a decent food menu and offer the best sandwiches in town,...

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San Cristóbal de Las Casas Nightlife

  • The local drink - Mezcal

    So if you're up for experiencing all the night life of San Cris, you will no doubt find the many trendy bars and dance clubs. But there are some reputable hole in the walls too, like the Mezcaleria.For those who don't know, Mezcal is a local Mexican drink distilled from maguey (agave). Just like any other drink like tequila or whiskey, a good one...

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  • Two Dance Floors in One

    There are plenty of music and dancing places in San Cristobal, but one that my local friends like and come to is Zirco.In the front bar, they offer Latin music, mostly salsa dancing and have a decent selection at the bar.In the back bar, the lights are a bit darker, with the music being more of a club and pop music soundtrack. Both front and back...

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  • The Late Night Place

    While many other may have written up Madre Tierra as a restaurant and bakery, it should be noted that when those close, the vibe changes to a bit.The bar in the upstairs of Madre Tierra is well known as being one of the best after-hours places in town. When many of the other bars close, people migrate here, so the crowd usually starts to pick up...

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San Cristóbal de Las Casas Transportation

  • How to get San Cristobal from Sumidero

    We got to San Cristobal by bus from El Sumidero Canyon (Tuxtla Gutierrez).The distance is about 60 km (by 190th National Road). The road went up to the cliffs rising from 400m up to 2300m then descending down to 2100m at San Cristobal. It took us about an hour and a half in the way. The mountain road was picturesque enough to enjoy the way and take...

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  • Taxis are cheap

    Bus from the airport in Tuxtla Guitierrez takes about 1 1/2 hour, but you must take a taxi to bus station. Taxi to San Cristobal takes about an hour and is 50.00. Taxi back to airport from San Cristobal is 40.00 Local taxi rides are generally 2.00. Ask before entering the cab but we found all cabbies helpful and they did not try to overcharge.

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  • Images of the Bus Schedule in San...

    When buying tickets at the station, I took the opportunity to take these images of the bus schedule. Since gas continues to go up, prices are probably a little higher now, but its pretty clear that one can get virtually anywhere in Mexico from San Cristobal de las Casas. The hours and prices are given in these images. The prices are in pesos not...

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San Cristóbal de Las Casas Shopping

  • Local textiles

    Much of culture is associated with the city’s and municipality’s large indigenous population, which is mostly made up of Tzotzils and Tzeltals. One aspect of traditional culture associated with these indigenous groups is the making of textiles, with amber another important product. Ceramics, wrought iron and filigree jewelry can be found as well....

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  • fresh killed chicken?grounded...

    What a pleasant way to discover Mexico other than the colors and smells of real local food..!! Dont be afraid to mix with locals, where a vaste number of different indigenoust groups makes the majority in this part of South Mexico.. The tianguis or flea market is the must place to be.. flowers, seeds, all types of mole paste, fresh ground or pure...

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  • Cd burn for photos

    Dont know the name no more.as i already met some people who s camera was stolen i thought it would be smart to burn my pictures on a CD every few towns i visite.If you walk on the zocalo from cathedral to st nicolas into calle Real de Guadalupe. it is on the right side in this street. (if i am right there is a photoshop left too. but that didnot...

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San Cristóbal de Las Casas Local Customs

  • Many street vendors

    Many of the street vendors come from the surrounding areas. They are essentially trying to sell anything they can to make some kind of money to support their families. A lot of time you will see the children with the mothers, which makes me heartbroken to see such innocent children having to sell items just to survive. If you see people, such as...

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  • Ejercito Zapatista Liberacion Nacional...

    Local Tip: The Ejercito Zapatista Liberacion Nacional (EZLN) sprung up as a guerilla movement in the 1990's. The movement was created in Chiapas to help improve the lives of the local indigenous population. Sadly, many of this people leave well below the poverty line. The guerilla movement has cooled down in recent years and I really doubt it will...

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San Cristóbal de Las Casas Warnings and Dangers

  • Zapatista town.

    San Cristobal was very famous in 1994, because of the Zapatista guerrilla, now is a secure and pleasant town. And if you´re looking for the guerrilla icons you can found them very easy in the indian markets.

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  • Mostly quiet

    San Cristobal is a pretty safe town. As with the rest of Mexico, I wouldn't drink the tap water unless you are accustomed to it, and I wouldn't recommend eating any un-cooked food frrom street vendors. If you are taking the bus to/from San Cristobal, I would recommend taking some drammamine, because the ride is a little nausiating.other than the...

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  • Travelling by bus

    Ok, now I usually am not one to get car sick. I can travel on mountain roads in the US, no problem. But let me just tell you about the bus ride from HELL!It started off by buying a ticket from San Cristobal to Oaxaca, a 13 hour overnight bus ride. I thought "overnight, this won't be bad" Well, we left at 10:30 at night. It started off with hard...

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San Cristóbal de Las Casas Tourist Traps

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    by e-katarina Written Nov 16, 2004

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    A great deal of amber is found in the region. Not suprising then that amber jewelery is sold in the streets of San Cristobal. However beware: a lot of these necklaces and bracelets are made of plastic.

    Unique Suggestions: If you want to be sure you are buying real amber, first expect to pay a litlle more. The amber museum has plenty of pretty things to choose from.

    If however you have really found the object of your desires being sold in the streets, you can check its authenticity. Amber is always cold, it is heavier than plastic. Also, the amber museum has a light machine that allows you to check your amber. Chances are you'll never need to use it, even though you may if you wish. Just tell the person selling you the amber that you want to go to the museum to check if it is real amber. You will soon see his reaction.. if he refuses, you will know for sure why!

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San Cristóbal de Las Casas Off The Beaten Path

  • Chumala Cemetery and Old Church

    On the outskirts of San Juan Chumala, there is the old church which has an equally old cemetery. Most people come to Chumala to visit the weekend market and the new church (entry is 20pesos), but the old church should not be missed.The local community has been around for a long time and the ruins of the iglesia are a reminder of the days of old....

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  • Ranchos Nuevo Caves / grutas

    I booked at tour for 240 pesos (at backpackers hostel) for Lagos de Montebella. ( it can be cheaper as i spoke some1 who paid 200 pesos at another touroperator) First we visite the Caves. price included.Picked up at 9 hours at Backpackers hostel. Last pick up 9.15.Arrived at 9.30 at 10.00 we needed to leave again.Tip : good shoes and flashlight. i...

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  • Lagos de Montebella / lakes 3

    Lake Pojoj entranc e5 pesos was included in trip. Arrived here 15.45Didnot find this very intresting.There is a lake you can go with a kind of float to an small island to the middle.costs 60 pesos a person.Left 16.45more pics at my travelogue

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San Cristóbal de Las Casas Favorites

  • Sunset over San Cristobal de las Casas

    In San Cristobal I could enjoy one of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever seen.The city sits in a small valley at height 2100m surrounded by hills and mountains having height about 2400-2600m. I climbed a hill where Iglesia de Guadelupe located and the great panorama of the city opened in front of me. It was rather dark evening because of clouds...

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  • Cultural capital of Chiapas

    San Cristóbal de las Casas located in the Central Highlands region of Chiapas and is still considered the cultural capital of this state of Mexico. The city sits in a small valley surrounded by hills at height 2100m. Major landmarks of the city include Zocalo, the Cathedral, the Santo Domingo Iglesia and many other churches.I spent there two days...

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  • History

    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...

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