San Cristóbal de las Casas is a place doubly special, since it is a Magical Town with a city’s character.
It is one of the first cities to be built in Spanish North America.
Founded in 1528, this Magical Town has retained and preserved the architecture of its colonial era.
This can be appreciated in the style of its buildings which are, to this day, in excellent shape: churches, museums, markets, and little streets.
This and more make San Cristóbal de las Casas a colorful living specimen of history and deep-rooted culture.
Harmonious urban compositions are displayed in its imposing religious buildings, like its cathedral, or the Temple of Santo Domingo, decorated with intricate baroque details and the touch of indigenous influences, solidifying the cultural heritage of the tzotzil, tzeltal y lacandon peoples, who neighbor this picturesque town.
walking its streets and living the joy of spending an afternoon or evening getting lost in its twisting streets.
Discover its markets, churches, and especially the Temple of San Cristóbal.
Explore the city’s main square.
Visit San Juan Chamula or San Lorenzo Zinacantán to see the contrast of the pre hispanic Mayan world and the world of Spanish colonialism.
Its traditional food is composed mainly of preserved meats and sausages, like serrano ham, butifarra, and longaniza, showing an undeniably Spanish influence.
Combine this with dishes of native influence, like its tamales, its local breads, or its “pressed turkey,” a delicious festive dish.
Its most important celebrations are on the 1st of April, the celebration of the founding of San Cristóbal, or on the 25th of July for the festival of San Cristóbal.
Things to see and do
Walking its magical streets, cultural tours, gastronomy, art, history and culture, architecture.