San Cristóbal de las Casas

Warm and flourishing home

Before the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors, the current San Cristóbal valley was known as Hueyzacatlán, which in Nahuatl means "next to the big grass". San Cristóbal de las Casas, the town, was founded on March 31, 1528 by the captain general and lieutenant governor Diego de Mazariegos.

Its charm captivates all the people who visit it: the beautiful houses with grating that allow to appreciate gardens and multicolored flowers, facades that look like work of watercolourists, streets with typical flavor, markets and crafts rich in all that is, in addition to an environment warm, they make the desire to stay and live here flourish.

Fall in love with the Main Square. The most picturesque point with its kiosk of the early twentieth century, gardens and benches. Enjoy the portals and the Cathedral of San Cristóbal, built in 1535, part of a historical legacy. The façade that we appreciate dates from the 18th century with an impeccable and pure Baroque style.

The Ex Convento and Temple of Santo Domingo, with a huge facade, gives the opportunity to appreciate a collection of eight baroque altarpieces made between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries. The church has a high pulpit, beautiful, sitting on a carved pedestal, similar to a golden chalice.

Here you will find a museum for everything that can express the magic of the place, starting with the Na Bolom museum, which holds a large collection of handicrafts and pieces from the impressive region, as well as a library dedicated to the Mayans and Lacandons, unique and rich .

There is an Amber Museum, and another, the Mesoamericano del Jade, both with carved pieces, replicas and wonderful designs. The Sergio Castro Museum exhibits the traditional costumes of the different indigenous groups and musical instruments, in the Museum of Mayan Medicine you will appreciate traditional and regional healing practices, the options seem to form an endless list.

History, culture, baroque architecture, tile and garden houses, magic and shamanism, studies and research centers are a difficult combination to imagine, but it is located right here in San Cristóbal, a town that has twice won recognition to the "Diversification of the Mexican Tourist Product" ... in case there was any doubt of your willingness to receive you with open arms.

¿Qué Visitar?

What to Visit?

  • Main square This square is surrounded by colonial arcaded walkways, and has a kiosk in the center that dates of the early twentieth century; In addition, it has outstanding architectural works around it, such as the Cathedral of San Cristóbal.
  • The House of the Siren This was the house of a character named Andrés de Tovilla; The house is known for the sculpture that decorates its corner.
  • Temple and Ex-Convent of Santo Domingo de Guzmán It is one of the most decorated temples of Mexican colonial art.
¿Qué hacer?

What to do?

  • Festivities of San Cristobal From July 16 to 25 the population celebrates San Cristóbal with masses and feasts in each neighborhood.
  • Festival Barroco Internacional Cervantes. It helds cultural and artistic events.
  • Carnival in San Juan Chamula It lasts an entire week and during this time, purification rituals are performed.
Comida Típica

Typical Food

  • Tasajo. Beef meat sliced in thin slices, marinated in achiote sauce.
  • Chicken in mole. A sauce made out with chiles, spices and chocolate.
  • Pork in pipian. I'ts a pumpkin seed sauce.
  • Artisan cheeses.
  • Pozol. Corn drink flavored with chocolate or sugar.
  • Tazcalate. Drink made from roasted and ground corn, chocolate, sugar, cinnamon and achiote.
¿Qué Saber?

What to Know?

  • It was one of the first cities built in Spanish Americas.
  • San Cristóbal de las Casas has had different names. The current one refers to the patron saint of travelers, San Cristóbal, while "de las Casas" is due to Fra Bartolomé de las Casas.
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