Tourist and Travel Information for San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas Mexico
Getting to San Cristobal de las Casas - By Air
(SZT) San Cristobal de las Casas Airport is a small airport, however direct flights from Mexico City are available. Be sure to check the flight status, due to the elevation the airport in San cristobal de las Casas is often closed due to to fog and harsh winter weather. There are also several daily flights from Mexico City to Tuxtla Gutierrez, the capital of Chiapas, then an hour and a half beautiful car ride to San Cristobal.
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Getting Around San Cristobal de las Casas - By Rental Car
Most people tend to fly to Tuxtla Guitierrez and then either rent a car locally or use regional buses to get around, however if you are the adventurous type and really want to explore San Cristobal and its attractions, a rental car offers the best way to explore the surrounding areas. Rental cars are available at almost all airports and in San Cristobal.
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Getting to San Cristobal de las Casas - By Land
Another option is to drive your own car to San Cristobal. San Cristobal de las Casas is located some 2,400 miles from the U.S. border at San Ysidro, California. The road through Mexico to Chiapas is a scenic and exciting two-lane highway that traverses coastal, desert and mountainous terrains. We offer driving directions from the U.S. border at San Ysidro, California and Arizona to San Cristobal de las Casas. If you plan on driving there are some required documnetation you will need for safe travel:
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Getting to San Cristobal de las Casas - By Bus
Buses make the journey from Mexico City to Tuxtla Gutierrez daily; the journey takes approximately 15 hours and then from Tuxtla Gutierrez one can take an "Omnibus" that leaves every 20 minutes to San Cristóbal for about 40 pesos. San Cristobal is located about 45 minutes from Tuxtla Gutierrez. Regional buses also offer daily departures to and from San Cristobal de las Casas from Villahermosa, Campeche, and Merida. The Mexican bus lines are generally comfortable and clean and there are multiple lines to choose from in a user-friendly way with professional and helpful ticket clerks at most main stations.
You may wish to consider purchasing travel insurance. It’s moderately expensive but it can give welcome protection to those for whom a health-related trip cancellation is a concern. Travel insurance also usually protects you in the event of your falling ill while on the tour or if you need medical evacuaton for a serious injury. Please note that most travel insurance companies require insurance be purchased no later than the day the initial deposit(s) are sent to the travel company, and please note as well that all policies have fairly restrictive conditions.
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Health and Emergencies in San Cristobal de las Casas
If you were to face any kind of emergency, get in contact with the embassy or consulate of your country of origin, or approach the officers of the Tourist Police, a unit prepared to handle situations and orientate tourists. They can be easily spotted on the surroundings of the main attractions of Tuxla Gutierrez, the capital of Chiapas. It is advisable to call or go to the following institutions:
- Mexican Red Cross
Address: 57 Ignacio Allende Avenue
Phone number: 678-0772
- Judicial State Police
Address: Insurgentes Prolongation, unnumbered
Phone number: 678-6466
Health Concerns in Mexico
It is the opinion of the Centers for Disease Control that travelers to the Mexican states of Chiapas are at risk for malaria if you plan on venturing out of the main cities into the forests or rivers. The recommended anti-malarial drug for this area is chloroquine. You should consult further with your doctor about the CDC’s recommendation and what action you should take. You can review the latest CDC traveler’s advisories at The Center for Disease Control Website.
San Cristobal de las Casas Mexico Time Zone and Current Weather
San Cristobal de las Casas
Time Zone - San Cristobal de Las Casas Mexico lies in the Central Time Zone or CST. The clock time in this zone is based on the mean solar time of the 105th degree meridian west of the Greenwich Observatory. Central Time Zone (CST) is 6 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT-6). During daylight savings CST is 5 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT-5). San Cristobal de Las Casas is two hours ahead of the Pacific Time Zone.
San Cristobal de las Casas Weather - San Cristobal de Las Casas is located at an altitude of 2,100 meters (6890 feet) above sea level. very temperate climate. Making for warm sunny days and cold nights. During the winter months it can get incredibly cold, so make sure you pack warm clothes. San Cristobal anual temperature is 18º C. (65º F). One should expect cool nighttime temperatures in the area of San Cristóbal de las Casas in the central highlands. The state of Chiapas is a humid rain forest, with only the northern part of the Central Valley of Chiapas being dry. As in all of Mexico, the summer months, from June through the end of September, constitute the rainy season. Though usually tropical rains are steady during the wet season in that they can fall practically every day, or at least several times a week, their duration is usually relatively short with a tendency toward sudden, heavy afternoon and evening showers or rainstorms rather than tedious day-long sprinkles.
Map of Chiapas Including Highways and Attractions
The map below provides inforamation on attractions and highways in Chiapas and San Cristobal de las Casas Mexico. We also offer driving directions and information to San Cristobal de las Casas in our Driving Section.