One of those Mexican cities where is always exciting to arrive, San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas. At high altitude, colonial architecture, good campground, one of the best and affordable artisan markets. Shall I mention [...]
After visiting San Miguel de Allende it was not quite sure which city will top it, we found out that quite soon enough: San Cristobal de las Casas. Sure enough it was more down to earth and more hippy feel to it than its northern counterpart, we felt quite relaxed in this high altitude Pueblo Magico. We really liked the car free streets idea, littered with restaurants and loaded with tourists. According to the tourist guides there is the best pizza in this town in all Mexico, and we can confirm that. The place is a backpacker destination and there are lots of hostels all over the town. There is a huge artisans market just few blocks from the center with most of the vendors being indigenous Mayan people. Also they will stroll around on the streets, with their arms full of crafts trying to sell some to the tourists. The market has so much to offer, it’s hard to fight the urge to buy some stuff. Lots of clothing , decorative textiles, jewelry and very good quality cow skin leather bags of all sizes and shapes at a very good price. Funny though that some of the artisan clothing offered in the market is made in India. Amber jewelry is big around here, there is even an amber museum is town, which we found closed both times we went by it unfortunately. As all other Mexican cities, San Cristobal is not running short of churches, they are all over the city , quite a few of them being built on the top of a hill with long steep stairs leading to them.