Right in the middle of Chiapas you can find the small, beautiful city of San Cristobal de
las Casas, a town 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.
One of the best things to do during your trip is to join one of the many free walking tours
that will take you through the entire city, this way you get to see the beauty of San
Cristobal de las Casas and visit the vibrant Markets full of celebrated artisan shops; your
guide will explain to you everything there is to know about your destination.
The city is surrounded by mountains, meaning that everything you see will always have an
amazing background to admire, and if you want to, you 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 El
Chiflon Waterfalls and take a quick dip into the cool blue waters.
San Cristobal de las Casas offers a unique look into Mayan culture, just at the outskirts of
the city you’ll find the villages of Zinacantan and San Juan Chamula, both are home to two
indigenous communities that continue to carry with them the traditions of their ancestors,
you can buy an authentic set of Mexican clothing made by the original artists, or visit the
San Juan Church to get an entirely different experience from any other church in the world.
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
San Cristobal de las Casas is a very safe town, just remember to follow common sense
precautions, like using toll roads and avoiding driving at night.
Arriving by air
Currently, the Ángel Albino Corzo International Airport doesn’t have international flights,
so you’ll need to fly to another city first, from there fly to Tuxtla Gutierrez and then
take a bus, minibus, taxi or use the shuttle services from the terminal to arrive at San
Cristobal de las Casas.
Fares change depending on the kind of transport you decide to use, with prices ranging from
$12.58 - $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 San Cristobal de las Casas, you can find a hotel or
a motel for prices between $30 - $80 USD per night.