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San Cristobal de las Casas Mexico has several shop and local markets. The indigenous people of Chiapas are known for their fine weaving skills that have been handed down from generation to generation. Each village in Chipas boast a paticular style and design. Almost all shops and shopping areas in San Cristobal de las Casas Mexico specialize in hand made crafts of fine leather, hand woven clothes, embroidered lace blankets, small toys and elaborately crafted textiles. Most of the markets in San Cristobal de las Casas are open daily; and tend to offer more produce and meats tha crafts. Like most place in Mexico street vendors will try to sell you cheap jewerly and crafts. There are also several shopping districts in San Cristobal de las Casas. Each shopping district specializes in various crafts from paper goods to hand woven clothes. Tours of these areas are offered and welcomed. Below is a list of shops, stores and markets located in or around San Cristobal de las Casas Chiapas Mexico.

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.

Shops and shopping in San Cristobal de las Casas

Artesanias Chiapanecas - Large selection of blouses, tableclothes and bags * Located at Calle Real de Guadalupe 46C, at Av. Diego Dugley.


Casa de las Artesanias - Governmet run shop selling various ceramics, toys, wood carvings, embroidered blouses, bags and local handwoven textiles * Locally made honey and liquor is also sold here * Located Calle Ninos Heroes and Av. Hidalgo * US Tel: 011.52.967.678.1180 * MEX: 967.678.1180


El Arbol de la Vida - Specializing in fine Amber jewerly incorporating silver and gold * Also doubles as a museum displaying fine Amber pieces from around the world * Located at Calle Real de Guadalupe 27 * US Tel : 011.52.967.678.5050 * MEX: 967.678.5050

San Cristobal De Las Casas Markets

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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