Things to Do in San Cristobal de las Casas

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Things to Do in San Cristobal de las Casas

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  • Lollygagger08
    Asheville, NC18 contributions
    We would definitely recommend this to visitors in the area who enjoy nature and flowers. Carlos was our guide and he was fantastic!! He was a well of knowledge! He showed us some much more than we would have ever seen our our own, pointing out tiny orchids and telling us when to smell them or pointing out other interesting features. He was genuinely interested in sharing the natural history with us and easy to listen to. We loved seeing all the beautiful flowers and exploring the winding trails. A peaceful place to spend a few hours!
    Written January 27, 2023
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  • Mokylv
    Playa del Carmen, Mexico52 contributions
    This was a really nice experience. We took the cooking class at night, it was kind of long but it was worth it!. We learnt everything; from preparing the ingredients to the making of the tamales and ponche.

    We also got told the story of the tamales origins and the importance of corn for the Mayans.

    If you take the night tour and you’re hungry eat something beforehand. We were starving and it was a long wait till we had the tamales.

    This is a non profit organization and the proceeds helps the people continue to educate indigenous children in an effort to continue to keep the Mayan culture alive.
    Written November 25, 2022
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  • greatviewsnut
    Cozumel, Mexico39 contributions
    Very interesting museum and former archeologists' home. Great artifacts. Very few people. Located a little away from the city center, but only a 20 peso cab ride. Lovely shop with some of the best textiles...small scale. Have lunch there to support the organization.
    Written April 21, 2022
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  • connierideout16
    Playa del Carmen, Mexico444 contributions
    Sadly, due to Covid, much of the cathedral cannot be seen due to barriers and construction. The park in front of the church is also partially covered and not accessible. Will simply have to return.
    Huh of activity in the square with vendors and food carts.
    Written November 11, 2020
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  • Sandy S
    Albuquerque, NM943 contributions
    With its white scrolls of vines and flowers covering its tan facade, this church is gorgeous without being ostentatious. Also, the craft market flanking it on three sides has the central Mercado de Artesanias y Dulces beat for both quality and prices. However, the interior of the church has been closed since 2017 due to that year's earthquake damage, and a corrugated metal fence blocks the view of the lower part of the exterior.
    Written April 29, 2021
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  • lkoneillmx
    San Jose del Cabo, Mexico155 contributions
    We really loved this experience. So many beautiful textiles to see. During our visit they also had an amazing installation of marionettes and puppets on the lower level.

    Also, the Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzmán next to the museum is probably the most beautiful (IMO) of all of the churches and cathedrals in San Cristobol de las Casas.

    A must see! But, be forewarned, this place is not easy to find! The tourist map and google maps took us pretty far off off the beaten path. We gave up and accidentally found it on our way back to the city center. The whole property is encompassed by artisan and curio tents. It's hard to find an access point. But, don't give up! It's worth the adventure!
    Written September 4, 2022
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  • Rowan H
    Cairns, Australia1,332 contributions
    El Arcotete is a park located 5.5kms outside of the centre of San Cristobol.

    This park has numerous offerings namely - large green spaces, various hikes/walks, a boat ride and zip lining. However, its most famous offering is a small cave system (Follow the sign labeled ‘grutas’) in which one can self explore.

    Logistically you can get here and back via collectivo from town. Look for the collectivo with the name ‘El Arcotete’ on it - you may have to wait half an hour to an hour for this. They are not common. The collectivo drops you off right in the park. Alternatively you can get a taxi for 100 peso one way. It costs 10 peso to get into the park and a further 15 peso if you want to go into the caves. There are also other costs for the other activities listed above but I cannot recall them with confidence.

    The park has bathroom facilities as well as a couple of restaurants selling basic food and drink.

    The big ticket item here is the caves. They are cool to visit and you can self guide.

    Overall a visit takes around 2 hours and so with travel time this is a half day activity.

    It is offered a tour from San cristobol but I cannot see any reason why it cannot be done independently.

    In terms of negatives what I felt this place was really lacking was a mud map which outlined where the hikes all went to. Because this wasn’t clear (Minimal signage and just random bits of tape leading in various directions) we didn’t do them but this felt like a missed opportunity.
    Written July 31, 2022
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  • JOSE S
    Laredo, TX55 contributions
    Excellent Town we have something different to see every day is a 10 block area and we were there for 8 days. one point, If you decided to go in the Cathedrals or Churches remember something, this town and surrounding ones are heavy indigenous people and they have very tight laws for entering a church and they will fine you from 1000 mx pesos to what ever they want. just because you used sun glasses for example and NO pictures inside. they also believe that if you take a picture of them or their kids is bad SO ASK PERMISSION BEFORE TAKING PICS OF THEM! so you do not get in trouble. but other than that is a wonderful esperience. ENJOY
    Written September 17, 2022
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  • Ian K
    Edmonton, Canada877 contributions
    We visited Grutas de Rancho yesterday. The grounds are absolutely beautiful, quiet, green, the pines are gorgeous. We had a light lunch at the restaurant, great quesadillas. Then we toured the caves, they were exceptional.

    A great place to visit when you are in the region.
    Written August 15, 2019
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  • sofiap08
    6 contributions
    Really small museum full of history and ámbar exhibition. Is good for an hour activity and learn a little about ámbar origins and uses.
    Written October 25, 2022
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  • cicimed
    52 contributions
    This is a museum in honor of a catholic priest who worked very hard to prevent violence, for the advancement and protection of indigenous people and was also part of the group of people that helped negotiate with the FARC militia group to try and keep peace in the area.
    Written May 18, 2022
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  • hännchenundgretel
    Zurich, Switzerland144 contributions
    What an experience. It‘s the most beautiful place I‘ve been on my travels in Mexiko. It‘s really hard to get there from San Cristobal around 12 hours travel but it‘s DEFINITLY worth it. First you go to Comitan (2 hours and 90 Pesos), take a taxi to the collectivos to Las Margaritas (5 minutes and 35 Pesos) . From Las Margeritas (to Las Margeritas it’s 20 minutes and around 18 pesos) you just ask for the collectivos to Emiliano Zapata (5 hours and 105 Pesos). Than you have to walk around 2 hours and you are in heaven. I can recommend to do the walk in the afternoon or in the morning, otherwise it will be very hard. There is drinking water so you don‘t need to bring this with you. A fire is always burning and the men who work there are really nice. (There are always 2 around). You can cook there on the fireplace. Bring anti insect spray, flashlight and rubbish bags for sure. The walk is fun because you never know how it will be. My tip: bring rubber boots, than you are very safe of the mud. I would recommend 1 full day to get there and 3 full days there and 1 for the travel back. It‘s the paradise on earth but you have to like the nature. There are a lot of animals and thousands of insects. In the night you hear frogs and monkeys, sometimes very noisy.
    Written October 16, 2018
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  • califcasl
    1,105 contributions
    I really wanted to see the view from this church, but was feeling too lazy to walk up the seemingly endless stairway, so I took a taxi. The view of the town below was lovely. The church was empty. I did walk down.
    Written September 26, 2018
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  • Sandy S
    Albuquerque, NM943 contributions
    My visit to this gem of a small museum ranks among the most interesting, instructive and moving experiences of my month in San Cristobal de las Casas. It was well worth seeking out the location several blocks from the main plaza. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ADDRESS IS GUADALUPE VICTORIA 38, not Gokomachi 6. There is no sign on the building, only the number "38" and the double wooden doors.
    Ranged around a courtyard where Dr. Sergio Castro holds his medical clinic treating indigenous patients, the collection he assembled over decades is both attractively displayed and clearly and succinctly explicated. Some of the textiles are antique; many are exquisite. All are arranged as complete outfits worn by people of various Chiapas villages -- everything from official attire to Carnival costumes and wedding clothes. Beneath every outfit is a sign identifying its traditional purpose, the name of the village, and the main occupations particular to its men and women. For example, I learned that the main industry of Zinacantan is cultivation of flowers. In several of the villages, men as well as women wear floral embroidery. Displayed above the outfits are photos showing their use.
    Another room adjacent to the courtyard displays spears, knives and other implements. Yet another contains photos and newspaper clippings.
    Taken as a whole, this collection was superior to better-known Na Bolom. One reason was that the focus was on the people whose traditions were presented, rather than on the collector. Another reason was that as I admired this fascinating cultural display, treating myself to two circuits through it, Dr. Sergio Castro continued treating his patients -- with obvious respect as well as with skill and compassion. I never picked up even a whiff of condescension -- not in the arrangement of this fine collection, not in his manner toward his patients.
    Written April 15, 2021
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  • Flitz8-A foodie travels
    Athens, Greece2,844 contributions
    There is several stairs to reach top of church, it is currently closed but it provides a good view of the town below
    Written March 4, 2021
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