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SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS ATTRACTIONS

There are so many places and things to see in or around San Cristobal de las Casas. For those interested in history and culture, Chiaps is a country with a diverse legacy of different prehispanic cultures established in Mesoamerica, some of them dating from more than 3 thousand years ago. We have put together a list of reccommended places to visit on your next trip to San Cristobal de las Casas. For more information such as accommodations or to book a hotel in San Cristobal de las Casa, Chiapas Mexico visit our accommodations page. The attractions listed below are broken up in various categories to help you navigate.

 

Note: Photographs and videos inside the most churches are absolutely prohibited. Most indigenous people in Chiapas resent having their picture taken. Tourist that have ignored this warning have had their cameras confiscated and even destroyed. If you really want a picture make sure you ask and maybe even offer a small donation.

San Cristobal De Las Casas Square

Plaza de 31 Marzo

Plaza de 31 Marzo
Better known as the zocalo, which is the main center of the city, which includes a gazebo. This is a great meeting place filled with street vendors, restaurants and hotels. At night hear local marimba musicians playing. Surounding the square are several 16th century buildings, including Palacio Municipal.

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San Cristobal De Las Casas Religious Attractions

Catedral de San Cristobal

Catedral de San Cristobal
Templo de San Cristobal - Built in 1528, then destroyed and then rebuilt in 1693 in honor of the town's patron saint St. Christopher. This church is home to famous art pieces, and is located high up on the hill and overlooks the entire city. Located at Calle Guadalupe Victoria at the zócalo. Open: Daily 9-2 and 4-7.

Iglesia Santa Lucia

Iglesia Santa Lucia
Church of Santa Lucia was completeley redone in the 19th century. It represents a neoclassical style church. During the 1600s it served as a hospital for a short period. The church is surrounded by several cafes and shops. It is especially crowded on Dec. 13 in celebration of the patron saints feast day.

Covento de Santo Domingo

Covento de Santo Domingo
Located five blocks north of the Zocalo on Ave 20 de Noviembre, the Temple of Santo Domingo built in 1547, houses a church, a former monastery and and a re1gional history museum. Inside this baroque style church are several detailed wood carving with lavish altars and several sculptures.

Iglesia de Guadalupe

Iglesia de Guadalupe
The Temple of Guadalupe Church is located on the westside of San Cristobal; church. It is set high above the city with access only by a long set of very steep stairs. With stunning city views The Iglesia de Guadalupe becomes a hotspot for religious devotees around the Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe (December 12).

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San Cristobal De Las Casas Government Buildings

Palacio Municipal

Palacio Municipal
Located on the west side of the main square (zocalo), this was once the capital building for the state of Chiapas, and is a good representation of 19th century architecture. Civic ceromonies are held here as well as peaceful demonstrations. It incurred major damage in 1994 during the Zapatista uprising.

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San Cristobal De Las Casas Museums and Historic Sights

Na Bolom Museum and Research Center

Na Bolom Museum and Research Center
"Jaguar House" Built as a seminary in 1891 and owned by Danish archaeologists Frans and Trudi Blum. Together they dedicated their lives to the reforestation and rights of the indigenous people of Chiapas. Today it houses Mayan artifacts and jewerly and over 10,000 volumes on the Mayan civilization.

Museo del Ambar de Chiapas

Museo del Ambar de Chiapas
The Amber Museum is located four blocks west of the main square. The museum showcases and exhibits how amber is formed and mined over the centuries. View everything from fossils to high end jewerly. Tours are available and admission is about $1. The Amber museum is open Tues - Sun 10am - 2 pm and 4pm to 7 pm.

Museo del Jade

Museo del Jade
During Mayan time jade was prized and used to show status and wealth. The Jade museum houses amazing jewerly from different Mesoamerican cultures. The most popular piece is a reproduction of sacrophagus lid from Pakal's tomb, at Palenque. The museum is open daily 12pm to 9pm and admission is about $3.

Sergio Castro Museum

Sergio Castro Museum
Sergio Castro has dedicated his life to building schools and working with the indigenous people of Chiapas. With reservation he offer tours of the museum. On display are over 1,000 pieces including textiles, weavings, wooden saints, carvings and toys.

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San Cristobal De Las Casas Natural and Outdoor Sights

Canon del Sumidero - Sumidero Canyon

Canon del Sumidero - Sumidero Canyon
Although it really is closer to the capital of Chiapas Tuxtla Gutierrez, the Sumidero Canyon was created millions of years ago by the Rio Grijalva. Inside the canyon is a eco park name Parque Sumidero, offering hiking, mountain biking, zipline, kayaking and even high speed boat tours.

Lagos de Montebello

Lagos de Montebello
Located about 100 miles southeast of San Cristobal is Lake of the Beautiful Mountain, which constitutes a 2,437 acre park with 56 lakes and surrounding pine forest. Tours and Horseback expeditions to hidden caves are available. Transportation by bus or private vehicle can be arranged. A guide is recommended...

Cascadas de Agua Azul

Cascadas de Agua Azul
Located about 100 miles northeast of San Cristobal on the way to the Mayan ruins of Palenque is a series of waterfalls and crystalline blue pools. It is most impressive during the dry season (November thru March) as the wet season brings a lot of water movement and the water get mudy and dirty looking...

Cascada El Chiflon

Cascada El Chiflon
Las Cascadas el Chiflón, meaning "big whistle." El Chiflon is actually two waterfalls. The smaller one at the bottom is what gives the falls there name but the main waterfall, Cascada Velo de Novia, or Bridal Veil Falls, falls more than 225 feet into a crystal clear blue pool. The waterfalls of Chiflon were formed by the Rio San Vicente...

Cascada Misol Ha

Cascada Misol Ha
Located about 110 miles northeast of San Cristobal on the way to the Mayan ruins of Palenque is Misol-Ha. The river narrows into a giant waterfall of more than 120 feet into a deep pool. Swim in the pool at the base of the falls or explore the cave behind the falls, which leads to a subterranean pool...

Las Grutas de Rancho Nuevo

Las Grutas de Rancho Nuevo
Located 8 miles south of San Cristobal on HWY 190 is Las Grutas de San Cristoba. This is an excellent place to explore with spectacular limestone stalactities and stalagmites are illuminated along a 2,475 foot concrete walkway inside a labyrinthe of caves. Horse back tours are available...

 

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San Cristobal De Las Casas Ruins and Archaeological Sights

Palenque

Palenque
Palenque is a Maya archeological site near the Usumacinta River located about 180 miles from San Cristobal. It is a medium-sized site, much smaller than such huge sites as Tikal or Copán, but it contains some of the finest architecture, sculpture, roof comb and bas-relief carvings the Maya ever produced...

Tonina

Tonina
Tonina meaning house of the Stone is located 70 miles northest of San Cristobal. Tonina is a pre-Columbian archaeological site and ruined city of the Maya civilization The site is medium to large, with groups of temple-pyramids, the largest being some 249.3 ft high, a large ballcourt, and over 100 carved monuments.

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San Cristobal De Las Casas Nearby Towns

Chiapa de Corzo

Chiapa de Corzo
This is a small town located about 43 miles west of San Cristobal, near the capital Tuxtla Gutierrez. Founded in 1528 by Diego Mazariegos The heartbeat of this town lies at the Fuente Mudejar, or Moorish Fountain. The fountain was built in 1562 and once supplied the town with water.

 

San Juan Chamula

San Juan Chamula
Located 6.2 miles from San Cristóbal. Chamula is located in the Chiapas highlands, at an altitude of 7,200 feet, inhabited by the indigenous Tzotzil Maya people, whose Tzotzil language is one of the Mayan languages. Women often make traditional clothing, blankets, and souvenirs that include Zapatista-related items...

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San Cristobal De Las Casas Markets

Sna Jolobil

Sna Jolobil
Sna Jolobil means "The Weaver's House" in tzotzil (a Mayan language). This is a co-op of over 700 weavers. Without question some of the most exquisite traditional weaving in the world. These Mayan weavers are the descendants of the great Mayan civilizations. Find handmade clothes, blankets and more.

Mercado Jose Castillo

Mercado Jose Castillo
This is a large market devoted to the need of the local people. Expect a gathering of indegeneous people except on Sunday, which is when most outlying areas have their own markets. Find woven textiles, blackets, leather goods, wood carvings and more. This is a great place to people watch, just do not take pictures.

Taller Lenateros

Taller Lenateros
The Woodlanders’ Workshop, is an artisan society of Mayan women and men who produce handmade paper, artist books, silkscreen and wood block prints, pansey graphs, natural dyes, and magic spells. English and Spanish tours are given daily except on Sunday.

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