San Cristobal de Las Casas is a colonial town located in Valle de Jovel, Chiapas (Mexico), at about 2,100 meters above sea level.
As many visitors have told, this town is one of the most romantic cities in the world, known as Pueblo Màgico (Magic Town). It’s a city whose richness lies in its ethnic diversity and colonial tradition, showing its architectural treasures in various buildings of the XVI, XVII and XVIII century.
Its construction followed a process similar to other colonial cities that were built in the New Spain territories. Around the square there are the Cathedral with its Central American baroque style front, the neoclassical City Hall, the church of St. Nicholas and the Casa de la Sirena. Really interesting are the Dominican monastery and temple of La Caridad together with the Cathedral and the Plaza 31 de Marzo.
The church of Santo Domingo is a masterpiece of the Central American and Mexican Baroque style. Many other interesting buildings are in the city that are characterized by a large number of neoclassical mansions.
The visit to the neighborhoods is a fascinating experience for traditional architecture, festivals, crafts and cuisine. Many doors have red paper lanterns indicating the selling of delicious tamales.
Today the city of San Cristobal de Las Casas is one of the most beautiful and original of Mexico and Central America, preserving its historic old town. In addition to this, the town also has a traditional daily life, with its market and its people besides the Tzeltal and Tzotzil with their colorful costumes, coming from different communities to sell or exchange their products.
The city is the ideal starting point for trips to Palenque, Agua Azul (Light Blue Water) and Cañon del Sumidero (Sink Canyon).