Chiapas is home to one of the largest indigenous populations in the country with twelve federally recognized ethnicities. Much of the state’s history is centered on the subjugation of these peoples with occasional rebellions. The last of these rebellions was the 1994 Zapatista uprising, which succeeded in obtaining new rights for indigenous people but also divided much of the indigenous peoples of the state.
That’s why you will see a lot of guards at the roads and policemen in San Cristobal de Las Casas. But I wouldn’t say that it’s dangerous and you should beware something like riot there.
Tourist sites are full of people from all over the world though not so many as in Mexico City or in Cancun.
Just stay on the beaten track when visiting Chiapas and you will be fine. If you need to venture out into the countryside, the area around Ococingo, and the eastern part of Chiapas, you really should go with a guide that knows the area very well. Also, do not take any nightime buses in Chiapas. The ZApatistas often hold them up!!! Finally, it is imperative that you do not photograph any people or the inside of churches without previous permission!!! That is very important, bec ause a couplke of tourists were killed a few years ago when they did not obey this rule!!! Otherwise, the major attractions are relatively safe due to the large security pressence in the region and the high number of tourists in the region.
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