There are many things to do in San Cristobal. I visited San Cristobal De Las Casas for the first time in 2002.
I loved the place. Its colourful colonial buildings and cobblestones street made this mountain town look almost magical.
Finally, last year I went back with Dom. I didn’t find the place changed very much. Probably there were more tourists, but the town kept the same unique character.
Most of all, we had fun walking up and down the quaint streets and enjoyed people watching while seating sipping a coffee or wine. In addition, we also went horse riding and then we drank more coffee.
San Cristobal is probably the perfect spot to base yourself while exploring Chiapas. Furthermore, I especially recommend it if you are planning a few days trekking through the Selva Lacandona.
5 Things to do in San Cristobal and Around
Have a coffee in one (or more) of the many coffee shops: Chiapas is renowned for its excellent coffee and San Cristobal is full of small quaint coffee shops. As a result, you can spend hours sipping delicious coffee while taking in the aromatic smell.
Our favourite coffee shop was probably Libre Cafe. Since it was located just around the corner from our hostel, it became our favourite place to drink coffee. Furthermore, their coffee was excellent and they also had amazing brownies. The atmosphere was super chilled and hippy and they played great tunes in the background. As a result, we really enjoyed spending time there.
Walk around: Since San Cristobal has many pedestrian friendly street, you can easily stroll along and discover the many local shops, bars and restaurant. Seems like the city’s trademarks are the colourful buildings and equally colourful people.
Finally, you can end your day with a glass of wine or any other drink of your choice at one of the bars. Many bars offer a special of one beer and one mezcal.
Visit the museums: If you are a fan of museums, San Cristobal offers a few dedicated to the local arts and culture. Centro de Textiles de Mundo Maya is definitely worth a visit and it is especially relevant if you wish to find out about the textile production of Chiapas.
Visit the Cathedral: You can take a tour of the Cathedral in the main square. Many churches surround this beautiful colonial city. If you fancy a hike, you can take a stroll to the top of one (or more) of the hills surrounding San Cristobal.
Horseback riding: You can organize a half day trip to San Juan Chamula, a small Mayan Village, by horseback riding. It is definitely worth visiting this little village and the tour is very good value for money.
Where to stay
There are plenty hostels, guest houses and hotels in San Cristobal.
We stayed at 13 Cielos Hostel. The hostel is conveniently located right in the middle of town. It is like a little home away from home, the owner Fernando is very friendly and super accommodating.
There is also a fully equipped kitchen if you want to save money on meals.