San Cristobal de las Casas is located in the central highlands of the Mexican state of Chiapas, approximately 6,900 feet above sea level.
My friend Bart, from Leetsdale , Pa. came to visit me in Tlacotalpan during the Candelaria Festival. Having had enough of the ” bulls in the streets ” and the throngs of people, we took off on the 10 hour bus ride to San Cristobal and the welcoming home of my friends- Duncan, Joy and the “la princessa “-Floppsy.—the perfect bed warmer for those cool San Cristobal nights ! ( see picture below ).
The city is named after Bartolome de las Casas, a Spanish priest, defender of the rights of Indigenous people, and first Bishop of Chiapas.
A brief history of San Cristobal may be found here : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Cristobal_de_las-Casas
Of special note—the city of San Cristobal de las Casas is located near the Maya communities of SAN JUAN CHAMULA and ZINACANTAN, and a half day bus ride to AGUA AZUL and the Maya ruins of PALENQUE. No better base camp could be found for tourists to experience the ANCIENT and the MODERN culture of the Maya.
A highlight of this trip was the hospitality that was extended by Duncan and Joy in their beautiful home, part of which is over 200 years old and located right in the center of town.
Also, the fantastic guided tour of the Maya villages of SAN JUAN CHAMULA and ZINACANTAN by “TOURS by ALEX and RAUL “. This was the most informative tour I have ever been on in Mexico.-BAR NONE!!!
About a half day in duration and not a long road trip; There were so many things learned.
Rather than go on about the trip here,…go to this site and read much more about the San Cristobal of today, its food, lodging, and all things of interest to the traveler.
Photos from ZINACANTAN…………………………………….
Photos from SAN JUAN CHAMULA………………………
I can not stress enough…take the guided tour of these towns. There is so much to be learned.