San Cristóbal de Las Casas

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This colonial town, is part of the Magic Towns of Mexico, its architectural beauty and surprising conservation, has made more than one fall in love with its Historic Center and its houses with huge patios that delight the view from the outside, when you meet its flowery balconies that are watered every morning, giving you snapshots that you could immortalize on photographic postcards and even in a painting.

 

Its popular festivals, ceremonies and processions are part of the history of San Cristóbal de las Casas, whose origins date back to the beginning of the year 1500, but they preserve a longer past, with voices that jealously protect the Tzetzal language, an ethnic group that descends of the ancient Mayans and has survived for entire generations.

 

From the top of its streets, its baroque and neoclassical buildings stand out, such as the Cathedral of San Cristóbal Mártir, built more than four centuries ago, and the Ex-Convent of Santo Domingo de Guzmán, which was built a few years later and in which its highlights detailed ornamental patterns, which are sure to catch your eye and take you several minutes to fully appreciate when in front of them.

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Coffee

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Wake up with a good coffee, it is well known that one of the best coffees in the world comes from Chiapas. In San Cristóbal de las Casas there are a large number of cafes where you can sit peacefully to contemplate the sunsets and the color of their houses.

You should know that this product is grown by indigenous people and it is mostly organic coffee, so if you consume it you are directly helping the economy of the local people.

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Gastronomy

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The experience of knowing a new place begins with tasting its gastronomy and San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas offers dishes that will activate your 5 senses. For example; ball tamale, chipilín tamale with chicken or saffron.

Of course, not everything is tamales and on your visit you cannot miss the coleto roast, the tachilhuil, the chanfaína, the turkey mole, bread soup, beef jerky, marinated pork rib and roast beef. A delight!

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Cathedral

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A postcard that you cannot miss is visiting the cathedral of San Cristóbal de las Casas, which is called San Cristóbal Mártir. Its light dramatically illuminates the Plaza de la Paz and its construction dates from the 18th century in the Baroque style.

If you enter this construction, you will find great pieces of art such as the pulpit dating from the 16th century or the altar of the kings, which is also a Solomonic Baroque style and similarly religious paintings from centuries ago.

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Ambar Museum

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¿Qué si hay museos en San Cristóbal de las casas? ¡Claro!, y son muy interesantes como el museo del ámbar, el único museo en México y en América dedicado en su totalidad al tema del ámbar.

Encuentra más de 300 piezas como joyas, objetos de arte o amuletos, todas talladas por las manos de artesanos de la región que han ganado premios internacionales, del mismo modo hay una tienda y un taller de esta resina fósil.