San Cristóbal de las Casas

A place not to be missed for anyone who wants to get to know the real Mexico

San Cristóbal de las Casas undoubtedly is the most emblematic Magic Town of Chiapas for its breathtaking beauty, which fosters an extraordinary ethnic, natural, cultural, and gastronomic diversity. If you plan to make a trip within Mexico, San Cristóbal de las Casas has nothing to envy over any international destination. After you read this article, you will want to choose this gorgeous Mexican city as your next stop. 

San Cristóbal is considered one of the world’s most romantic places, largely due to its colonial architecture of the 16, 17, and 18 centuries. It is a unique experience to walk down the historical center and admire the rooftops, floral courtyards, Baroque, Neoclassical, and Mudejar buildings, full of history and legends. The starting point is the main square, where you can admire the cathedral, the Government Palace, the Portales area, and the San Nicolás church. Don’t forget to visit the temple of Santo Domingo de Guzmán, considered the pinnacle of the Mexican Baroque architectural style, known for its mortar façade and sumptuous altarpiece.

The city is nestled in a fertile valley surrounded by mountains, perfect for nature lovers. The Arcocete is one of Chiapas’ most beautiful landscapes, full of activities, such as admiring the spectacular stone arch, cave exploring, climbing, taking a boat tour, horseback riding, and even camping. Other natural attractions are the Rancho Nuevo Caves, the El Chiflón Waterfalls, famous for the Bridal Veil, a 120 meters high waterfall, and Ocosingo, a town full of tradition at the threshold of the enigmatic Lacandon Jungle.

Beyond its architectural and natural attractions, the main asset of San Cristobal de las Casas is its people. Chiapas is one of the Mexican states with the largest indigenous populations, where people from different ethnic groups, mainly Tzotzil and Tzeltal, contribute greatly to the artistic, cultural, gastronomic, and spiritual wealth of the city. You can take a tour of the communities of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantán and visit the Amber Museum, the House of Jade, and the Museum of Mayan Medicine. Remember that the best souvenir you can take back home is a piece created with mastery by the hands of the artisans of Chiapas. 

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