The main touristic destinations in Chiapas are Tuxtla Gutierrez and San Cristobal de las
Casas, both cities offer a unique look into the Mayan culture, in addition, they host
countless festivals and fairs, that reflect the cultural richness, traditions, and identity
of the diverse indigenous population found in Chiapas.
Tuxtla Gutierrez is the capital city of Chiapas, a destination full of culture, history,
diversity, and amazing landscapes to admire. Here, travelers can take a boat tour in the
Sumidero Canyon and get a closer look at the natural wonders of the scenery, or spend the
day in the Zoo, which houses only animals’ native to the region.
The main attractions of Tuxtla are found in the Zocalo; The cathedral, Municipal buildings,
Plaza de San Marcos, Jardin de la Marimba and Parque Madero. These places reflect the city
identity, its culture, gastronomy and architecture.
San Cristobal de las Casas is a small, beautiful city known for its diverse mosaic of
cultures, traditions, and classical sights, making it one of the most interesting and
visited destinations of the country, that offers a relaxing and fun adventure with something
to do on every street.
Once you set your feet on San Cristobal de las Casas, you’ll understand why it’s called a
“Pueblo Magico”, every building has a European feel, but with a Mexican twist that will make
them stand out from each other; at the same time showcasing the cultural heritage from the
two original civilizations that lived on the city, the Tzoltzi and Tzatzal people.
You can pay with US dollars, Credit/Debit cards on most restaurants and establishments. If
you pay with cash the exchange rate will be lower, it’s better to visit a foreign exchange
agency, a bank or an ATM to turn your currency into Mexican pesos.
Information about Embassies, Consulates or Consular Agencies for U.S. and Canadian citizens.
In case of emergency or general assistance to citizens traveling in Mexico please contact
the nearest embassy, consulate or consular agency.
U.S. Consular Agency in Oaxaca
Macedonio Alcala No. 407, Office 20 Oaxaca, Oaxaca C.P.68000
Assistance to U.S. citizen
From the United States:
Embassy of Canada in Mexico
Schiller 529, Col. Bosque de Chapultepec (Polanco) Del. Miguel Hidalgo 11580 Ciudad de
Mexico, D.F. Mexico
Assistance to Canadian citizen
Tuxtla Guiterrez and San Cristobal de las Casas are very safe towns, just remember to follow
common sense precautions, like using toll roads and avoiding driving at night.
Arriving by air
The Ángel Albino Corzo International Airport only has domestic flights, so you’ll need to
take a connecting flight. The airport offers bus, minibus, taxi and shuttle services that
will take you to Tuxtla, San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapa de Corzo, or Palenque.
Fares change depending on the kind of transport you decide to use, with prices ranging from
$12.58 to $31.20 USD.
Common flights to Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chis. (Approx.)
Cancun - 1:45 hrs.
Guadalajara - 2:14 hrs.
Mexico City - 1:25 hrs.
Monterrey - 2:05 hrs.
Tijuana - 4:10 hrs.
How to move around the city
Most streets are pedestrian friendly, but if you prefer it, you can drive, or use public
transportation, which is really affordable.
Where to stay?
A wide selection of hotels awaits you in Chiapas, you can find a hotel or a motel for prices
between $30 - $80 USD per night.