The 18 Best Things to Do in San Cristobal de Las Casas – Mexico + Practical Tips

San Cristobal de las Casas is one of the most picturesque cities in Mexico, so rich in culture, with an interesting history, which you can clearly see reflected in the pastel-colored colonial homes, the numerous churches, the indigenous people selling their works on the street in their colorful traditional dresses.

In this post I will give you a compact and essential guide on San Cristobal de las Casas, all the things to do, where to stay, and other practical tips.

Located in the state of Chiapas, at 2200 mt in the region called Los Altos the Chiapas (Chiapas Highlands), in Southern Mexico, with its 150.000 inhabitants, San Cristobal de Las Casas is one of the prettiest cities in Mexico.

For a reason, it’s called the most Magical of the Magic Towns, and it’s one of the best things to do in Chiapas.

It was founded in 1528 by Diego de Manzariego and a mixed group of colonists. At that time the city was called  Villa Real de Chiapa and considered the capital city of the region, a title that was passed on to Tuxtla Gutierrez after the liberalist movements raised in San Cristóbal.

The city’s name went through different changes over the years until the name of San Cristobal de Las Casas was finally established in 1943 by  Rafael Pascacio Gamboa the governor of Chiapas at the time.

San Cristobal comes from the town’s patron saint and de las Casas from Fray Bartolome de las Casas, the first Dominican Missionary sent by the Spanish crown and then nominated Bishop of the city.

There is so much to love about San Cristobal de las Casas and so many amazing places to explore in the surroundings that you will definitely have to include this pretty town in your list of the places to visit in Mexico.

The only risk you run is that you will fall in love and never want to leave. In fact, San Cristobal de las Casas is considered the most magic of the Pueblos Magicos (Magic Towns) and one of the best places to see in Mexico.

The pretty town is also a popular getaway to Central America and the perfect place to end your Mexican travels.

It’s very common for travelers to cross the Mexico-Guatemala border at La Mesilla on relatively comfortable shuttle busses leaving from San Cristobal to Panajachel, Antigua, or Xela in Guatemala.

If you are planning a trip to San Cristobal keep in mind that there are so many things to do in the city and the surrounding area for a month of exploring.

However, if you have just a couple of days you may just want to walk around the cobblestone streets and check out the colorful artisan markets and the messy and noisy municipal market, both of them extremely fascinating and at a short walk from one another.

This travel guide of San Cristobal de las Casas aims to take you around the city sharing all the things to do and the best places to visit but also all those practical tips that you need.

San Cristobal de las Casas Map

The best things to do in San Cristobal de las Casas

San Cristobal de las Casas is full of interesting places to visit, ancient churches, markets, and lovely cafes where to sit and try local specialties, and if you are on a working holiday, also spend some time working on your laptop.

In fact, San Cristobal is one of the best destinations for Digital Nomads in Mexico. And you will understand why after you read about all the amazing things you can do in San Cristobal.

1. Take a free walking tour

Free walking tours are advertised everywhere and are led by local students or expatriates that fell in love with the town and decided to stay.

They enjoy sharing all the highlights of San Cristobal and it’s a good way for your to get the feel of it, and know your way around. These tours are free but a tip is always expected.

Plaza in front of a church - La Merced in San Cristobal
La Merced Temple

2. Take a walk along the 3 “Andadores” and around

One of the things I loved the most in San Cristobal de las Casas is walking around and getting lost along the cobblestone hilly roads lined up by cute colorful houses, and the door!

Oh, those doors! Especially if you go early morning when it’s less crowded, the early sunlight over the city. It’s a special moment.

There are 3 roads, that are only pedestrian from 8 am until late at night. My favorite is Andador Real de Guadalupe where you will find street vendors, art showcases, lovely cafes, restaurants, and boutique hotels on the sides. It’s like a perpetual Sunday.

Also, Andador del Carmen is one that I like especially because there I found my favorite coffee shop, Amor Negro, from where I would work all day in a cozy and open-air environment, but roofed.

San Cristobal De Las casas streat ponds lined up with homes
Andador Guadalupe Early Morning

Andador de Santo Domingo is actually the continuation of the Andador del Carmen on the other side of the main plaza towards Santo Domingo Convent and Market.

3. Visit the beautiful Churches

San Cristobal is brimming with beautiful old churches, each of them with its own small or big plaza and locals hanging out or selling stuff. And that’s another reason to walk around. Here I am going to share the main ones.

Catherdal of San Cristobal

Catedral with vendors in front of the panels

An example of baroque-style colonial architecture, the construction of this Catherdal, at the time, the church of Asunción, begin in 1528, right after the foundation of the city by Diego de Manzariego. It was only in 1538 that it was elevated to a Cathedral with Fray Bartolomé de las Casas as its first Bishop.

It’s important to mention that Fray Bartolome’ de las Casas is popular for being a defender of Native Americans, and therefore an important figure for San Cristobal. And hence the name San Cristobal “De Las Casas”.

The Diocese of San Cristóbal de las Casas is the fifth diocese oldest in Mexico after those of Tlaxcala, Mexico, Morelia and Oaxaca. (source)

The temple of Santo Domingo (and former convent)

Church facade baroque style

The Temple and former convent of Santo Domingo is one of the maximum expressions of Chiapas Baroque and it is especially evident in the spectacular pink facade of the church.

You will be impressed by the overload of ornamental figures such as anagrams and mermaids and, also, indigenous angels and vegetal frets, being one of the most decorated in art. This a great example of syncretism between indigenous culture and catholic art.

The religious complex was built in the 17th century. At present, in its old cloisters today there is an indigenous crafts cooperative and regional history and textiles museum.

Unfortunately, I was never been able to visit either the cathedral or the temple inside because every time I went they were closed for renovation after de damages inflicted by the terrible earthquake in 2017. However, it is worth just seeing the facade.

Church Facade with markets stalls in front
Santo Domingo Temple

Iglesia de Guadalupe

Besides visiting those two main churches I would suggest you should walk up to the Iglesia de Guadalupe right at the end of the Andador Guadalupe, actually a great neighborhood where to stay.

stairs leading up to a churc
Guadalupe Church
View from a church to the city San Cristobal de las Casas Mexico
View From Guadalupe Church – San Cristobal de Las Casas Mexico

Iglesia de San Cristobalito

This is a tiny church located on top of a hill, where most people go just for exercising purposes as the steps can be challenging if you are not used to it. The reward is a spectacular view over San Cristobal. Definitely worth the effort.

And if you are worried about safety, I found it pretty safe, as many people would walk up and down all day. I wouldn’t go at night though.

On the way down, once you are at the bottom of the stairs, you could continue your walk on your left along a curvy road until you find the Parque de La Merced, and the Iglesia de La Merced, definitely photo-worthy. Right there is where the Amber Museum is located as well.

4. Take a stroll around the popular market

The Santo Domingo Market is indeed one of a kind. I remember when I saw it about 20 years ago I felt like I was in a wonderland. It was my first time in Mexico and everything was new to me.

But even now I am still fascinated by the beautiful colors and patterns of the hand-made textiles, you can find sweaters, pants, scarves or spreads, decorative objects, you name it.

However, you need to be careful about the authenticity of the product nowadays. If it’s hand-made it must have some rough work at the back.

If you see that it’s all regular it means it’s not artisanal. And unfortunately, there are a lot of fakes these days. I notice though that if you ask, the vendors would tell you which one is hand-made from the fabric one.

San Cristobal Mercado

If you continue walking past the church on the right side (Calle Utrilla) you will end up in the local market, another playground of local culture. There you can find all sorts of stuff from food to home and kitchen wear, you name it. It’s an interesting place to get to know the less touristy part of San Cristobal.

You can do a loop and come out at the Iglesia del Cerrillio on another plaza, where you can walk around and continue down to Calle Bellisario Dominguez and make a stop at the cute cafe Kukulpan for a great bakery.

road leading to a church

5. Visit the Museums

There are not many museums in San Cristobal de las Casas, which is to me more like an open-air museum in itself, but the few available are little gems all related to the local culture and craftsmanship which are worth checking out.

Museo Mesoamericano del Jade

For the ancient civilizations of Mesoamerica, the Jade was the symbol of immortality, eternity, and love and therefore more precious than silver or gold. Check out the museum website to see all the beautiful pieces they display.

iglesia plaza de la merced

Museo de los Textiles

Visiting this museum was one of my favorite things to do. Financed by Banamex this is much more than a museum. In the beautiful ancient building, located within the walls of the former Dominican Convent, you will be able to see the finest textile works made by local communities in the surroundings of San Cristobal.

In reality, it shows the results of the entire project that offers training to local women to keep this beautiful ancient tradition, the art of weaving, alive, not only to preserve the culture but also to offer them a sustainable occupation.

You can learn more on Museo de Textiles website.

Casa Museo Na Bloom

A beautiful neoclassical building from 1891, originally intended to be a seminary. The house was restored, furnished, and inhabited by Frans Blom and Gertrude Duby some of the greatest collectors of the time. You can appreciate pre-Columbian, ethnographic, historical, and documentary objects, and art in all forms of expression. Definitely, a unique place to visit.

Museo del Ambar

Located within the premises of the ex-convent of La Merced, this Museum is definitely a must if you are into precious stones since Amber is typical of Chiapas.

In this exposition, more than 350 classified pieces are exhibited, which complement each of the topics that explain the origin of amber, its formation, location of the deposits, extraction, commercialization, and ancient and current uses of amber.

Texts, certificates, photographs, videos, etc. complement all the information that the visitor wants to know.

From the incipient curious to the scholar in the field. The museum website is in Spanish, in the process of being translated into English, if you wish to get more information. Otherwise, just go and check it out. You can include it in the itinerary before or after climbing up the stairs to the Iglesia San Cristobalito.

Museo Sergio Castro

Sergio Castro Museum, known as the Museo de Trajes Regionales de Sergio Castro, is worth visiting.

The museum is not just about clothing, but also an experience. You can see over 100 styles of traditional clothes worn by different ethnic groups such as the Mixtecs or Zapotecs – each having their own distinct appearance based on what they wore traditionally which helps visitors better understand this culture’s evolution over time.

6. Take a biking tour of the city

There are different companies that provide bike tours around the city and in the surrounding areas. I booked with a small bike rental shop (picture above) right in the Calle Real de Guadalupe on the way to the church because I was staying in the area.

The owner is a nice guy who would do the tour even for one person. He just likes to bike. Another company that organizes more structured tours is Jaguar Adventours.

Here you go, you have options :). I am sure that while walking around town you will find plenty of local agencies to offer many different tours.

I signed up for the tour around San Cristobal, which lasted about 2 hours and we biked around the countryside of town, and then back to a marginal area while the guide would explain the history of this town and the Zapatista movement. It was actually quite interesting especially because he was very passionate about it.

San Cristobal de las Casas tours

San Cristobal is considered for many travelers a great base from where to explore the natural wonders of Chiapas.

And in fact, there are so many places to visit, that a week won’t be enough. There are a few sites that you can explore on your own but for some destinations, it is much more convenient to join a tour, especially if you don’t have much time.

Tours in Chiapas are cheap and they can reach places where local transportation doesn’t get them.

Of course, if you have a car, it is totally another story and it’s going to be much easy to reach remote parts of Chiapas. Keep in mind that to rent a car you need to go to Tuxtla Gutiérrez as there are no car rentals in San Cristobal de las Casas.

Here below I will tell you about all the places you can reach from San Cristobal de Las Casas on a day trip, whether it’s on your own or with an organized tour.

7. Cañon del Sumidero tour (Sumidero Canyon tour)

This is the most iconic tour that you must take if you travel to San Cristobal de Las Casas. It’s a 2 hours boat ride on the Grijalva River through the majestic rocky walls that creates the Sumidero Canyon.

After a 45 minutes drive, you will get to the “embarcadero” where you wait with your group for your turn to hop on the boat.

Canyon del Sumidero look out

The boat ride is fascinating as you see these huge walls becoming higher and higher as you get closer and in fact, they will eventually tower nearly a kilometer in height over you! It’s an impressive experience, and if you are lucky you might even spot crocodiles by the river banks. Also if it’s in the rainy season you can see waterfalls from the canyon walls.

But what I loved, even more, were the impressive views of the river and the canyon from the viewpoints, where the tour will take you after the boat ride.

The tour ends with sightseeing around the main plaza in Chiapa de Corzo.

Where to book your tour to the Sumidero Canyon

You can find those tours from 400 MXN from any travel agent in San Cristobal or you can pre-book your tour on VIATOR.

💡 Insider tips: remember to ask if the tour has an English-speaking guide (if you don’t understand Spanish, and if they make a stop to a few lookouts, as some tours don’t and it would be a shame)

Sumidero river overview

8. Chiapa de Corzo

Chiapa de Corzo has been proclaimed a Pueblo Magico by the Mexican Tourist Board for its historical landmarks and for being the boarding point for the boats that tour around the Cañon del Sumidero. In fact, all the organized tours to the Canyon include a stop at the pretty town.

Chiapa de Corzo is quite a tiny village whose visit can be wrapped up in a couple of hours or 10 minutes. Check out the place where you can take a look at the iconic clock tower and the Templo Santo Domingo, the cathedral built in the late 1500s.

Falls from the wall of the Sumidero Canyon
Falls from the wall of the Sumidero Canyon

You can also take a walk along the riverbank and chill in one of the many restaurants lining up.

💡 Chiapa de Corzo was the first city to be founded in Chiapas by the Spaniards although before the conquest the site was occupied by ceremonial buildings and prehispanic settlements

How to get to Chiapa de Corzo by bus from San Cristobal

Chiapa de Corzo is located only 1-hour ride from San Cristobal de Las Casas. You can catch the colectivos at the market (60 Pesos at the time I am writing this).

How to get to Chiapa de Corzo by Organized tours

As I was mentioning before the tours to Chiapa de Corzo are usually included in the Sumidero Tours and it’s the most practical way to visit. You can find those tours from 400 MXN in any travel agency in San Cristobal or you can pre-book your tour on VIATOR

Old door and orange wall

El Chiflon waterfalls

Of all the amazing waterfalls in Chiapas, el Chiflon is without a doubt the most dramatic and visually enthralling.

It’s a group of 5 waterfalls cascading into the Rio Vincente at about 100 km from San Cristobal de las Casas.

To visit this beautiful work of nature you enter a park and walk along the river on a very nicely man-made path.

El Chiflon – Vincente River

As you keep walking upwards along the river you will ultimately get to the last segment where some steep paths and steps will take you to a platform.

From there you will feel the water sprinkling over your face and camera until the majestic “Velo de Novia” reveals itself.

A 120mt-drop of a massive body of water land into an insanely blue pool, and another one, and the next until it calms down while flowing downstream into the Vincente River, but the intense blue color remains. I was in awe before such beauty.

Visiting El Chiflon waterfalls is one of the best day trips from San Cristobal de las Casas, especially for nature lovers.

Get to El Chiflon waterfall in Chiapas by bus

If you are like me and love to explore on your own, you will find that going from San Cristobal to El Chiflon and back in one day is a little challenging as there is no direct public transport.

You will need to get to Comitan and from there hop on another bus then walk 15 minutes to the entrance.

If you really want to do it on your own, the best idea is to stay a couple of nights in Comitan and use it as a base to visit El Chiflon and then the Lagunas de Montebello, and if you have extra time check out the spectacular Las Nubes I didn’t make it this time, unfortunately, but it’s on my list.

Velo de Novia – El Chiflon

Get to El Chiflon waterfall in Chiapas by organized tour

Otherwise, if you don’t have much time, from San Cristobal you can find organized tours that include the Lagunas de Montebello. It’s a long ride but you will have enough time to enjoy both sites ( 2 hours each) and you can pack amazing attractions in one full day, saving lots of time.

my picture at el chiflon waterfall
Selfie at El Chiflon

You can find an organized tour at any local agency. I found good deals with Jalapeño Viajes in Andador Real de Guadalupe.

However, if you want to secure your trip because you have a very limited time and love to be organized (like me) you can check out this prepaid tour to EL Chiflon and Montebello. It’s a little more expensive but it helps you lock in the date you want.

👉 Book your tour to el Chiflon and Montebello on VIATOR

9. Lagunas Montebello National Park

Just close to the Guatemalan border you can find these groups of intense blue lakes nestled among oaks and pine trees. The views offered from the lookouts are of unimaginable beauty.

No matter if it’s sunny or misty you will always find a magic mystical atmosphere. I was lucky to find just the perfect light although not sunny but it allowed me to see and shot that intense blue that you see in pictures. It’s not edited, it’s completely real.

I was visiting the Lagunas de Montebello (Montebello Lagoon) on a tour that combined it with El Chiflon waterfalls for the reasons I explained above.

However, although for El Chiflon I felt 2 hours was enough time to enjoy, the Lagunas de Montebello have so much to offer in its surroundings, hiking trails, horseback riding, and such, that is not possible to make it on a day tour.

So If you have time I would suggest you spend a night in one of the cabañas and organize some hiking trails with the local guide and if you have extra time ask them to take you to Las Nubes another spectacular network of waterfalls that I haven’t been able to visit yet, but it’s on my list. 🙂

10. El Arcotete

El Arcotete is an interesting site where the river Arcotete carves its way through the mountains forming peculiar rock formations, holes, and hiking paths.

Picture it as a natural amusement park. Within the park, you can have pleasant walks by the river and at the lookout points and it makes a fun half-day trip from San Cristobal de Las Casas.

How to get to El Arcotete from San Cristobal de Las Casas:

Taxi to El Arcotete – it’s a short ride that might cost you around 100 pesos each way. There are normally taxis waiting at the entrance of the park but it’s more convenient to ask your taxi driver if he can come back for you or even wait.

rio carving its way through the rocks

Bus to El Arcotete – I went by local colectivo that I caught by the market. You will need to just go there and ask the drivers and they will tell you which one to take. I loved the experience because the locals I met in the van loved to help me and give me directions.

Once you get off the bus you will need to walk down to the river. The way down is a breeze, while the way up was quite tiring but doable. It’s really a nice walk in nature and it felt very safe.

brown river

Bike to el Arcotete – You can rent a bike and go on your own. I haven’t done that but I was told it’s quite steep on the way there except the last two curves to the river and will take about 1 hour while the way back is all downhill, a pleasant ride (except for coming out of the park)

11. San Juan Chamula and the nearby villages

You cannot be in San Cristobal de Las Casas and miss a visit to San Juan Chamula. The church is one of the most incredible cultural experiences in Chiapas, where the syncretism between indigenous beliefs and Catholicism is shown in its most extreme version.

From the outside, the Church is quite humble and tiny but it shows indigenous symbols and figures. Once you get inside, you will see a completely different layout than catholic churches.

The floor is covered in hay or color and white candles and groups of people are scattered around on their knees praying as if their life depended on it.

Sometimes you may also assist some desperate cry or moaning. And for each group, a Chaman was conducting their own private ceremony.

San Juan Chamula Church - door details decorations
San Juan Chamula Church – door details

I suggest you hire one of the guides outside the church because they will explain in more detail what it’s about, the rituals and the history. It’s incredibly interesting.

One of the most fascinating anecdotes that I was told by the guide was that locals don’t go to the doctor if they are sick.

They go to the Shaman, who will determine how bad the illness is and will decide the suitable ritual to cure it. If the illness is really bad they might order the family of the patient to take a chicken to the church.

In the ceremony, the Shaman would strangle the chicken and order the family to bury it in their garden.

The reason being the chicken will take the bad energy that is causing the illness, in the ground with it and the patient will be ultimately cured.

I didn’t dare ask if it was working. I just found it fascinating.

Mind you are not allowed to take pictures inside the church.

Once you are finished with the visit you may want to get to see the town of Zinacantan. There you can observe local women weaving their textiles and even learn how to do it. If you want to purchase some original products to take home with you this is the right moment.

san juan chamula church and plaza

How to get to San Juan Chamula from San Cristobal de Las Casas

San Juan Chamula is located only 10 km from San Cristobal. So you could bike or hike there if you wish, just by following the road sign. You cannot get lost.

By bus to San Juan Chamula – Going by colectivo is very easy. Just catch the right one at the Market and for 50 Pesos you will get there in 15 minutes. (Ask the drivers which bus goes to San Juan Chamula)

By Taxi to San Juan Chamula – The easiest and fastest thing is to go by taxi. You just need to negotiate the rate as there is no fixed price.

Horseback Riding to San Juan Chamula – There are tours available including a trip to San Juan Chamula – Check it out with local agencies.

Organized tour to San Juan Chamula – If you prefer to join a tour, it is possible and they normally include a guided visit to the church and a stop to the town of Zinacantan. You can inquire with a local travel agent or you can prebook your tour to San Juan Chamula to secure your trip.

12. One-day trip to Palenque + waterfalls

I warn you it’s a long and extenuating trip but if you don’t have at least 3 days to get to Palenque and visit on your own, you can join a full-day trip to Palenque from San Cristobal de Las Casas which also includes a visit to the Agua Azul and Misol-ha waterfalls and of course, the spectacular Palenque archaeological site.

If you decide to take this tour you can check out the local agencies in San Cristobal de Las Casas or you can prebook your tour to Palenque and Agua Azul. These tours don’t normally have a guide, it’s just a driver who takes you to the different attractions, and then you are free to explore.

I warn you that you will need to hit the road at 3 am. I did it and it’s not fun. I wouldn’t do it again and if you have more time I would suggest you take a regular bus to Palenque and take tours from there to the waterfalls and the archaeological site. It’s definitely worth it. I will talk about it in another post.

San Cristobal de las Casas weather

I love the weather in San Cristobal de Las Casas although it can get cold in the evening in winter the average minimum temperature is around 4ºC/39 ºF in winter and 10ºC/50 ºF in the summer while the Max temperature is around 20ºC/68 ºF which is the perfect climate to walk around, hike and to tours. Not too hot and not too cold.

As for rain keep in mind that while the winter is the coldest month it’s also the dry season with less chance of rain, from November through April, whereas in Summer, from May through October you might find lots of water. Something to keep in mind.

💡 Insider tip: if you want to see the Agua Azul waterfalls really blue, the best time to go is March and April for more chances to see them in their really amazing color. Obviously, I cannot guarantee, but most likely to happen.

San Cristobal de las Casas hotels

While in San Cristobal I enjoyed visiting some hotels that I found interesting from their external facade and I always found kind people at the reception happy to show me around. Here below my favorites.

Top Luxury Hotel

Hotel Bo

There is only one real luxury hotel in San Cristobal de Las Casas and that’s the recently opened Hotel Bo, which I had the pleasure and the privilege to visit.

The spacious and graciously furnished rooms are facing a manicured garden with lovely chairs where you can sit and enjoy the tranquil ambiance.

The elegant laid-back restaurant offers delicious world-class meals from 7 am to 11 pm. You can also enjoy the open bar and lounge in the reception area. A cute small library is also available for the guest to use as a working space or for reading.

If you are willing to splurge Hotel Bo is your place to be. For some nice deals and more peace and tranquillity, I would suggest you book during weekdays.

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Luxury hotels in San Cristobal $150+

Las Escaleras by Inmense 

A spectacular hotel that combines vintage and modern elements together, with wooden and colorful touches to create a cozy yet elegant ambience. The views from the terrace overlooking San Cristobal are an enjoyable extra feature.

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Casa Lum

Exquisite hotel in the heart of town on the popular Andador Real de Guadalupe. Despite the busy street, you will be pampered in the tranquillity of this precious place.

The hotel is in fact a restored colonial home and it conserves the romantic vintage feel that perfectly combines with all the modern amenities and the finest decor. Impeccable service.

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Mid-range hotels in San Cristobal $90 – $150

Sereno Art Hotel

A spectacular artsy hotel in the historical center – the wooden floor and colorfully painted walls with the finest local art together with rough cement and red brick walls in the bathroom give your room a cozy and vintage feel. Every detail is well thought after. My favorite place in San Cristobal so far.

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Casa Neek 

Amazing boutique hotel at walking distance from the historical center. The finest decor and linen the colonial style of the building and classic furniture besides the spectacular views from the terrace will make you fall in love with this place.

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Cozy boutique hotels $40 – 90$

Cielo Hotel

a fantastic value for money, this cozy hotel in the real San Cristobal style, with cement walls and fine details such as wall art and vintage wooden touches. Located in the heart of Andador Real de Guadalupe where all the shops and cafes are located.

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Hotel Helverica

Spectacular boutique hotel with spacious rooms equipped with the finest linen and typical textiles from Chiapas. An authentic local place with an elegant feel. Great value for money and excellent location.

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Budget hotels < $50

Hotel Casa del Sol

I stayed in this hotel on my last trip to San Cristobal de Las Casas and I loved it. It was a great value for money. The rooms are nicely decorated although not all of them are spacious.

It’s very quiet but it’s right at the beginning of the busy andador de Guadalupe. The staff is extremely nice and helpful. Definitely a great value for money.

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Yox Hotel Boutique

Located just outside the historical center of San Cristobal at walking distance to everything, this cute little hotel with a mountain cabaña feel, is a great value for money as the room starts from 22$ per night.

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Hotel Casa Margarita

Beautiful colonial house with a lively courtyard full of plants and light where to enjoy a cup of coffee or read a book. The rooms are spacious and nicely decorated with wood and local art.

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San Cristobal for Digital Nomads

Digital nomads have recently favored San Cristobal de Las Casas as their favorite destination as opposed to the overpriced and overcrowded Tulum and for good reasons.

A few years ago being a digital nomad in San Cristobal wasn’t even an option, as the wifi was not good enough and it was a challenge to get things done for the online workers.

Nowadays things have changed significantly and not only do many home rentals have optic fiber but you can also find great co-working spaces where you can enjoy high-speed internet among link-minded people.

Co-working spaces and Cafes in San Cristobal de Las Casas

Here are my favorite places to work from:

Centralita – A cozy co-working space where for only 100 pesos per day you can spend all day and work in peace and tranquillity. They also offer coffee and water. At a cost, you can have snacks and breakfast. There are private rooms if you need to make calls.

Centralita Co-working – Prices

Cacao Nativa – I just found out about this lovely coffee shop that specializes in cacao where you can enjoy great chocolate while working from your laptop. They have spacious tables where to get things done.

Amor Negro – this is my favorite coffee place, not for the coffee but for the possibility to spend there all day and work- great wifi and delicious food. Miguel Hidalgo #4 , Colonia Centro. “Esquina San Agustin”

Amor negro cafe  inside

Kukulpan – not many seatings but a delicious bakery.

Sarajevo – exquisite coffe place and restaurant. I only went for breakfast once but they have a lot of seating and I am sure they will love to have you working from there if you get a drink or some food. Breakfast was delicious. WIFI seemed to be working well.

Coffee shop interior
Sarajevo cafe and restaurant

I hope you enjoyed this guide. However, if you think I am missing anything or you have other suggestions please let us know in the comments below.


  1. Fabulous read, great information.

  2. Aww! Thank you so much Karen 🙂

  3. alice hesselrode says:

    Thanks for this informative`post

  4. Hello Alice, thanks for writing in. I am glad it was helpful 🙂 Happy travels.

  5. Hi, great read… can I ask a question ? My husband is in a wheelchair and cannot walk, which hotel would you recommend and where would be the flattest area to stay and explore ? We are thinking of visiting in May for 3/4 days.

  6. Hello Chantal, I am glad you liked the post. To answer your question, as for the hotel. I believe the majority of the high-end hotels have wheelchair facilities. I know Hotel Bo does. I am sure many others too. Before making the reservation make sure you ask for confirmation. As for going around in San Cristobal, I am afraid that is going to be a challenge as there is no flat and smooth area that I know of. The roads are quite rough and lots of sidewalks and steps. That’s how I remember it. I hope it helps. Safe travels 🙂

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