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San Cristobal de las Casas is a colonial city and was the capital of the State of Chiapas, Mexico; is characterized because of its dry and cold climate.
Among San Cristobal de las Casas main attractions are:
In San Cristobal de las Casas you can purchase a great variety of handicrafts such as:
Regarding its gastronomy, liquors and drinks made from corn flour are outstanding as well as delicious bread.
Ten kilometers from San Cristobal de las Casas you find the San Cristobal Recreational Park famous for its interesting caverns.
From San Cristobal de las Casas to Palenque
San Cristobal de las Casas, lovely colonial town situated in the highlands of the state of Chiapas, is the ideal place to remain two or more days visiting its main interesting sites such as the San Cristobal Martyr Cathedral or the Na-Bolom Museum, cultural center of the region, and later on depart towards one of the most interesting archaeological zones, Palenque, cradle of the mythical and ancestral Pakal King.
Leaving by road at an early hour you pass by the Tenejapa and San Juan Cancuc towns. To the south of these settlements you will find the Cillon, Bachajon and Temo villages until you get to Ocosingo, where we recommend visiting the cathedral and taste the cheese that the natives manufacture.
In Ocosingo there is a detour to visit the archaeological zone of Tonina, one of the largest Mayan settlements in the area. Visit, it will be a good experience.
Continue by road 199 towards the north, pass again by Temo and arrive to the famous Agua Azul Waterfall, where you can have lunch and refresh yourself in their blue waters. Further on, approximately 45 minutes later, you will find the Misol-Ha Waterfall, a beautiful recreation place where you can spend the night in comfortable cabins to depart the next day towards Palenque.
The town of Palenque is found at only 15 minutes away from the archaeological site. It has an airport and its hotel offer is very wide. The five star Mision Hotel is located one side of the downtown area, and in La Cañada, which is beautiful, we find the Chablis, Maya Palenque and Tulija Hotels. This last one is located on the highway towards the airport. It is a four star hotel, clean and comfortable.
The ancient city of Palenque is a very interesting place. It cannot be seen in one day. We recommend that you spend three days visiting the site's museum, where among many treasures, you will be able to admire the "Red Queen" Pectoral, carved in stone.
Entering by the exuberant path that is located almost in front of the museum, you can begin your visit until you cross a hanging bridge in the middle of the jungle and arrive at a sweet water creek, which is known as "The Queen's Bath". Being in this Pre Hispanic place, you can visit The Great Plaza, The Bats, and very specially, the most important and imposing construction that dominates the plaza, known as the Temple of the Inscriptions, where Pakal's Grave is located.
From San Cristobal de las Casas to Lagunas de Montebello
This is one of the most interesting circuits in the state of Chiapas, since it stats in the town founded by Diego de Mazariegos in "The Year of the Lord 1528". It is a colonial city that jealously keeps its traditions and costumes.
We recommend to start off early, since highway 190 in some laps is very dangerous. The first town that is touched is Amatenango del Valle, where you can buy excellent arts and crafts pieces.
Continuing towards Comitan de Dominguez, formerly known as Comitan de las Flores, you arrive to a most charming town. Its main plaza or "zocalo" is beautified by precious wood trees. It is the birthplace of Rosario Castellanos, notable writer. You can visit her family home that is a museum today.
Another famous person from Comitan is Dr. Belizario Dominguez. Known as the ®martyr of the free word®, a title that was credited to him due to his opposition against Victoriano Huerta, betrayer of the Country, who had Dr. Dominguez's tongue cut off.
Traveling the short distance of 56 kilometers you arrive at a superb green area that is found no where else in the world. Here you can admire a series of lagoons whose main characteristic is their beautiful colors, the most outstanding being the Esmeralda Lagoon. At the same time, the place is prodigious in fauna and flora, specially birds, and a great number of gladiolas that grow wild by the tree trunks.
• Chiapas State •
| Bonampak Archaeological zone | Cañon del Sumidero | Cascada de Agua Azul | Comitan |
| Chiapa de Corzo | Chincultik Archaeological zone | El Aguacero | El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve |
| Izapa Archaeological zone | La Encrucijada | Montebello Lagoons |
| Palenque Archaeological zone | Paredon | San Cristobal de las Casas |
| San Juan Chamula | Tapachula | Tonina Archaeological zone |
| Tuxtla Gutierrez Capital City | The Chamula Towns |
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