San Cristobal de Las Casas – So Charming

San Cristobal de Las Casas is a pretty town in the highlands of southern Mexico that offers travelers a fascinating glimpse into Mexico’s past and present. From stunning architecture to buying handmade crafts from the local indigenous Tzotzil Maya to touring coffee plantations, this richly varied town is packed with vacation ideas to delight the senses.

Take a stroll

Anyone travelling to San Cristobal de Las Casas for the first time should begin their vacation by discovering the town on foot. The cobbled streets and local markets, mixed with the Spanish colonial architecture and brightly painted buildings, make this a lovely town to explore. Be sure to take in the Na Bolom building and the beautiful Templo de Santo Domingo church just north of the town center. See it at its best in the late afternoon, when the sunlight streams onto the church’s facade.

Santo Domingo church San Cristobal de Las Casas Mexico

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Explore the Mayan culture

San Cristobal de Las Casas is surrounded by indigenous villages and offers a fascinating glimpse into their lives. With language, culture and dress all differing from those spoken elsewhere in Mexico, the indigenous people of the San Cristobal de Las Casas area depend primarily on agriculture. Many still use a system of traditional medicine, a fascinating insight into which can be gained by visiting the Museo de la Medicina Maya.

Museo de la Medicina Maya San Cristobal de Las Casas Mexico

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Get close to nature

San Cristobal de Las Casas is an excellent base for a number of local trips. One of the most enticing adventures is a visit to the Agua Azul and Misol-Ha waterfalls, which are to be found in a lush jungle setting. Be sure to take you bathing suit and enjoy some welcome relief from the heat by plunging into the falls and the pools around them. For those of an active nature, hiking, walking and horse riding options are also available in and around San Cristobal de Las Casas and provide lovely ways to explore the surrounding countryside.

Agua Azul waterfalls San Cristobal de Las Casas Mexico

Luxury travel for coffee lovers

For coffee lovers, San Cristobal de Las Casas offers the opportunity to stay at the Argovia, the Irlanda or the Chiripa plantations, all of which offer a unique insight into the world of coffee. From the scent of the growing beans as the wind blows, to understanding the harvesting process and enjoying a fresh cup of the beverage from the plantation hosts, a stay here is a must for all those with a penchant for coffee.

A feast for travellers

San Cristobal de Las Casas has some excellent restaurants serving everything from traditional Mexican fare to contemporary European and Asian dishes. Check out Frontera Artisan Food & Coffee for healthy and delicious options at excellent prices, or Resto Teatro Cocoliche for big, hearty meals served in an eclectic and buzzing atmosphere.

Frontera Artisan Food & Coffee San Cristobal de Las Casas Mexico

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Louise Taylor

Louise is a travel writer with a passion for exploring the unknown. She loves visiting new places and has a particular interest in exploring local cuisine wherever she travels. Louise has lived in the UK and Portugal and is currently considering where to base her next adventure. Follow her travels at http://www.movingtoportugal.org/

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