San Cristóbal de las Casas, one of the most beautiful colonial cities in Mexico, is an enchanting town in the state of Chiapas. It owes its magic to its viceregal atmosphere that coexists harmoniously with its powerful, deeply-rooted indigenous traditions, in which the dense Mayan past still makes its presence felt.
Lying in the Valley of Jovel, in the heart of the Chiapas Highlands, San Cristóbal de las Casas is one of the most interesting urban complexes in the country, since it still preserves its traditional churches, squares, cobbled streets, red-tiled roofs, houses with patios overflowing with flowers and magnificent buildings constructed between the 16th and 19th centuries.
Formerly known as the Royal City, it was founded in 1528 by Diego Mazariego. Its current name honors Fr. Bartolomé de las Casas, the tireless defender of the Indians.
Throughout the viceroyalty until 1829 it was the capital of the region. From the 16th to the 18th centuries its name was changed several times and it formed part of several territories including Yucatán and Guatemala.
San Cristóbal is also synonymous with colorful handicrafts, exquisite gastronomy, popular fiestas, ceremonies imbued with mysticism, refined legends and a brilliant history. Its many facets can be discovered by venturing into the highlands to explore its traditional markets, touring Indian villages on the outskirts of the city to buy textiles, ceramics and other handicrafts or visiting natural sites of unusual beauty that will delight ecotourists.
San Cristóbal de las Casas has hotels, travel agencies, restaurants, discotheques, tourist information and other services that will ensure you have an unforgettable stay.
It is 83 km from Tuxtla Gutiérrez, the state capital, and 1,231 km from Mexico City via Tuxtepec, can be reached by several land routes and is equipped with a heliport.