San Cristobal de las Casas holds a certain charm that I am yet to find in any other Mexican City. The streets are vibrant and full of life, the food is tasty, the nightlife is bustling and the people are so friendly. If you’re after a comfortable city with a bit of adventure on the side, San Cristobal de las Casas is the place for you.
How to get to San Cristobal:
San Cristobal de las Casas is located in the Chiapas region in the South of Mexico. You can catch a bus from most major cities to San Cristobal as it’s generally a meeting point in the South if you’re traveling from one side of Mexico to the other. The main Mexican bus company is ADO and you can find out about their schedules, routes and prices here >>
San Cristobal is generally the first stop for those traveling from Guatemala as it’s quite close to the Guatemalan border.
Where to stay in San Cristobal:
San Cristobal has hundreds of options for backpackers and hotel go-ers. If you’re on a budget you have two great options for hostels depending on what you’re after.
Iguana Hostel –
Iguana has a more chilled vibe with big comfy beds, blankets and a delicious breakfast which changes each day between omelettes and hot cakes! Find them here <<
Puerto Vieja –
Puerta Vieja is the party hostel around town. They do cheap dinners, drinks and a yummy breakfast. It’s a perfect spot to meet people and go out and party although you may not catch as much sleep here. Find them here <<
What do to around San Cristobal:
San Cristobal is a huge city and it’s surrounds offer plenty of day activities for those wanting to see a bit more of what Chiapas has to offer. Give yourself a few days here, you’ll need it.
When you first arrive you should 100% do the free walking tour (at 10am every day, except Sundays) with Carlos. Carlos put’s on a mean tour showing the tourists pretty much everything you need to see in San Cristobal including where to eat, where to drink and what to do each day and night! He can also organise tours for you at a cheap price!
El Chiflon Waterfalls:
These waterfalls are gorgeous blue cascading falls just out of San Cristobal. It’s possible to visit them on a tour for around 300 MXN or you can do it by yourself for cheaper!
To go it alone, get a collectivo from San Cristobal to a small city called Comitan, 60MXN. When you arrive in Comitan there will be people saying “El Chiflon” and they will cart you on to another collectivo to the falls for 30MXN. The entrance to the falls was around 30 MXN pesos aswell. Doing it yourself allows you to have the whole day to explore the falls!
If you want to take a boat ride down a river and be completely engulfed by towering, jungle canyon walls then this is the day trip for you!
You can book it at Iguana Tours for 220MXN pesos for the day and it leaves at 9am and gets you back at 2pm. Easy peasy!