San Cristóbal de las Casas [Magic Town] Chiapas Mx
San Cristobal de las Casas is an incredible magical town, one of the best in Mexico. In this area there are different Mayan cultures that still practice and live ancient traditions. You can enjoy various tourist activities, in the vicinity there are several interesting destinations.
The lodging can vary from the most economic (hostels) to the most luxurious (haciendas or old houses with hotel).
How to get
How to get to San Cristóbal de las Casas by public transport:
From Tuxtla Gtz
You can take a srpinter van in the Omnibus de Tuxtla terminal (15 Oriente street, with corner 4a South) or a bus in the ADO terminal (5th avenue North in the Las Américas shopping center).
Bus $ 54.00-60.00 mxn every 30 minutes.
Sprinter $ 50.00 every 30 minutes.
The approximate travel time is 1h, the srpinter truck is usually faster. Both arrive at the same area where the terminals and centrals are, you only have to walk 7 blocks on Insurgentes street to get to the central park.
How to get to San Cristóbal de las Casas by car:
From the center of Tuxtla you must drive to the East on the central avenue (a slower route but you will know the center of the city) or by a freeway either North or South (fastest route). Follow the signs as if you were going to Chiapa de Corzo and on the same road you will start to see the signs to San Cristóbal de las Casas.
We suggest you take the route with a fee ($ 50.00 mxn car) is much faster and less dangerous than the free highway.
Destination / Attraction:
Magical town San Cristóbal de Las Casas
San Cristóbal de las Casas
Meaning of the name:
The name evolved through history, since ancient times it is called in Tsotsil language as: Jovel, at the arrival of the Mexica was called: Hueyzacatlán which means “next to the great grass” in Nahuatl language. His last name was given in honor of Fray Bartolomé de las Casas, a bishop who protected the indigenous people.
It is a municipality of Chiapas, has 92 localities mostly indigenous and 166,460 inhabitants (INEGI 05 February 2008).
It is considered a magical town because of the abundance of culture, ecotourism activities, the diverse variety of lodging and restaurants.
After the battles with the Zoques and Chiapanecas, Diego de Mazariegos founded the Villa Real de Chiapas (current San Cristobal de las Casas) on March 31, 1528. For some years the political powers of the state were in this city until be transferred to Tuxtla Gtz. the current capital of Chiapas.
On January 1, 1994, the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (E.Z.L.N.) emerged
We recommend that on your trip you consider staying in this magical town for at least one night, activities and nightlife are plentiful.
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Where to eat
Restaurants in tourist Walkers.
Most restaurants are located in the tourist walkways, in these streets the vehicle traffic is prohibited and you can walk freely. They are three and they are right in the central park.
Most regional dishes.
Price range: $40-60.00 mxn
If you want to try something more everyday you can visit the old market located 7 blocks from the central park, walking on the street: General M. Utrilla.