Best of San Cristobal De Las Casas

Top itineraries and travel advice in and around San Cristobal de las Casas
Surrounded by misty forests, the highland city of San Cristóbal de las Casas has long enchanted visitors with its cobblestone streets, brightly painted colonial buildings and vibrant markets. San Cristóbal is a fascinating blend of the ancient and the modern. Its large indigenous population is descended from the Maya, and many of its residents still wear traditional dress and maintain unique customs and beliefs. There’s much to experience, from colorful plazas and iconic museums full of pre-Colombian relics, to a decadent food scene. Nearby Tzotzil and Tzeltal villages make for rewarding day trips, particularly San Juan Chamula, with its famous Sunday market and its main church, where worshippers blend Christianity with shamanism. 

Previous kimkim travelers have learned more about local traditions on a visit to Zinacantan, a Tzotzil town famed for its flower producers. In San Cristóbal itself, a food tour offers a deliciously edifying way to discover Chiapan cooking techniques. Food and stunning scenery make a fine pair on a trip to an organic farm outside of town, where travelers can taste a wide variety of cheeses and other hand-made delicacies. Chiapas has many little-known wonders, including the Cañon del Sumidero. A river trip through the canyon offers wildlife watching amid dramatic scenery: waterfalls, caves, and intriguing rock formations.
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The Grijalva River and the imposing Sumidero Canyon
Map of Highlights of Chiapas - 6 Days
Highlights of Chiapas - 6 Days

On this quick itinerary of Chiapas, you'll explore the highlights in and around San Cristóbal de las Casas, featuring striking natural landscapes and culturally significant indigenous communities. Discover the imposing Sumidero Canyon, trek to azure-colored waterfalls, and tour the many lakes of Montebello Lakes National Park. You'll also roam vibrant markets, try traditional food, and visit historic colonial town centers.

Sumidero Canyon overview
Highlights of Chiapas - 5 Days

On this quick tour of Chiapas, you'll explore the region around San Cristóbal de las Casas: highlights include striking natural landscapes, indigenous communities, the imposing Sumidero Canyon, azure-colored waterfalls, and the many lakes of Montebello Lakes National Park. You'll also roam vibrant markets, try traditional food, and visit historic colonial town centers.

Local Dishes
Experience Chiapas' Gastronomy & Nature in Mexico: San Cristobal de las Casas & Tziscao - 5 Days

If you want a getaway to Mexico but are short on time, look no further than this foodie & adventure-packed itinerary. You'll spend the trip based in San Cristobal de las Casas, where you'll explore the towering walls of Sumidero Canyon, learn to cook regional fare and wander the colorful streets. Spice things up with a one-day trip to Tziscao to take a boat trip on a log raft and visit a coffee plantation.

El Chiflón waterfalls, Chiapas
Map of Highlights of Chiapas - 10 Days
Highlights of Chiapas - 10 Days

Experience the best of Chiapas with this 10-day itinerary. Start with a mix of nature and culture in San Cristobal de las Casas with a walking tour of the city and day trips to Sumidero Canyon and Montebello Lakes National Park. From there, spend four nights in Palenque, where you’ll visit craft markets and archeological sites, and learn about the indigenous Tzotzil people.

Crossing the Water
Explore Mexico's Chiapas Region: San Cristobal de las Casas, Palenque & Nahá - 9 Days

If you want to explore Mexico's Chiapas region but are short on time, this nine-day trip is a perfect blend of history, culture, and nature. Start in San Cristobal de las Casas for a visit to Sumidero Canyon and a cooking class, then continue to Palenque and Naha for turquoise waterfalls, ancient archaeological sites, and a bow-making workshop.

Ancient Maya ruins of Ek'Balam
Map of Highlights of Southern Mexico: Chiapas &  Yucatán - 12 Days
Highlights of Southern Mexico: Chiapas & Yucatán - 12 Days

This family-friendly itinerary of southern Mexico combines cultural activities with plenty of natural exploration. The first half of your trip will see you exploring Chiapas' Sumidero Canyon, el Chiflón and Misol-Ha waterfalls, and the impressive ruins of Palenque. From there, you will head to colonial-era Campeche where you will pick up your rental car and tour the Yucatán: from modern Mayan communities to ancient ruins, from refreshing cenotes to the white sands of Holbox Island.

Tulum, Mexico
Map of Mayan Discovery:  Sumidero Canyon, Chichén Itzá, Tulum, and Cancun - 11 days
Mayan Discovery: Sumidero Canyon, Chichén Itzá, Tulum, and Cancun - 11 days

Get a full dose of sun and sea while learning about Mexico's rich Mayan history as you travel from the beaches of Tulum to the wonders of Chichén Itzá pyramid. This journey through a few regions of Mexico will give you ample time to relax while experiencing the country's mystical, handicraft, and culinary traditions, and seeing its significant architectural monuments.

Agua Azul Waterfall
Map of Family Trip to Chiapas & the Riviera Maya - 14 Days
Family Trip to Chiapas & the Riviera Maya - 14 Days

On this family-friendly two-week itinerary, you'll discover the diverse state of Chiapas, with its jungle waterfalls, colonial cities, and Mayan communities. Then you'll pick up a rental car and drive yourself around the Yucatán Peninsula, stopping to relax on the beach, swim in cenotes, and visit archaeological ruins perched high above the Caribbean Sea.

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