Walk through the picturesque historical center of the city of San Cristobal de Las Casas, where the main streets are closed to traffic so you can freely explore the shops and craft markets. We especially recommend a stop at the “Zócalo” to listen to a melody of the chromatic Marimba, a musical instrument developed in this state, which origin goes back to the African tradition.
Through this Magical Town you will find Baroque, Plateresque, and Neoclassical viceregal constructions in exceptional state of preservation, such as the Cathedral of San Cristóbal or the Temple and Former Convent of Santo Domingo de Guzmán.
The most picturesque point to start any tour is the Main Square. With its kiosk of the early twentieth century, surrounded by its portals and the most outstanding architectural works, such as the Cathedral of San Cristóbal, which construction began in 1528 and was modified in the XVII century. Its facade in Baroque style is decorated with vegetable motifs in mortar.
One of the sites where the identity of this Magic Town is reflected is the Na Bolom Museum. This museum houses a large collection of crafts and pieces from the region, as well as a library dedicated to the Mayans.
It is possible to visit the Mesoamerican Museum of the Jade to appreciate diverse objects carved in this material from pre-Hispanic times. The Amber Museum is also at your disposal, where you will learn more about this resin, and the Sergio Castro Museum with traditional costumes from the different indigenous groups and musical instruments used by natives of the Chiapas Highlands. If you are interested in sacred art, visit the Eklektik Gallery, which has a collection from the 16th to the 19th centuries.
Chiapas is a tourist destination that attracts thousands of people throughout the year, especially those who love adventure in lush wooded landscapes or those interested in pre-Hispanic vestiges and indigenous traditions still latent, as the state has one of the largest Indigenous populations in the country.
Its coast has beautiful beaches, mangroves, canyons and rivers. The jungle grows among the ruins of the Mayan civilization to the East bound for the border with Guatemala, where there is an immense diversity of endemic species like aquatic birds, boas, crocodiles, wild boars, lions, monkeys, porcupines, sarcopatos, tepezcuintles, tlacuaches, turtles, white-tailed deer, yellow-necked toucans, and the jaguar, which is the largest feline in America. In the municipality of San Cristóbal de Las Casas exists a unique aquatic species in the world called Popoyote.
The numerous resources of the coniferous forest, the jungle, and the conjunction between the pre-Hispanic heritage of Olmec, Mayan, and Socton cultures are the origin of a magnificent gastronomic culture. Among the most famous products of it, are the corn and chipilín tamalitos, sliced and fried plantain, accompanied with cream and cheese; the coffee, and the chocolate.
Chiapas also stands out for its artisan production, especially for the elaboration of fine jewels, made with amber and jade; also it is common to find objects in wood, mud, lacquer, and talavera.