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San Cristóbal de las Casas

Getting there & away

Instituto Nacional de Migración (678-02-92; Diagonal El Centenario 30) is on a corner with the Pan-American Hwy, 1.2km west of the OCC bus station.

From Tuxtla Gutiérrez you’ll most likely travel here on the fast new toll autopista (M$33 for cars). An increased military and police presence has reduced the number of highway holdups on Hwy 199 between Ocosingo and Palenque, but it’ still probably best to travel along this stretch of road during daylight hours.



Bus, colectivo & van

There are around a dozen terminals, mostly on or just off the Pan-American Hwy. Most important is the 1st-class OCC terminal (678-02-91; cnr Pan-American Hwy & Insurgentes), also used by ADO and UNO 1st-class and deluxe buses, and 2nd-class Transportes Dr Rodulfo Figueroa (TRF) and Rápidos del Sur. Tickets for all these lines are sold at Ticket Bus (678-85-03; Real de Guadalupe 5A; 7am-10pm) in the center of town.

First-class AEXA (678-61-78) and 2nd-class Ómnibus de Chiapas share a terminal on the south side of the highway; and various Suburban-type vans and colectivo taxi services have depots on the highway in the same area.

For Guatemala, most agencies offer daily van service to Quetzaltenango (M$260, eight hours), Panajachel (M$260, 10 hours) and Antigua (M$360, 12 hours) and Flores (via Palenque, M$400).


Optima (674-54-09; optimacar1@hotmail.com; Maza­riegos 39) rents VW Beetles for M$400 per day and M$2400 per week, including unlimited kilometers, insurance and taxes. Sizeable discounts given for payment in cash.

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San Cristóbal’s airport, about 15km from town on the Palenque road, has no regular passenger flights; the main airport serving town is in Tuxtla Gutiérrez. To get there, take a Tuxtla-bound colectivo to Soriana (M$35, 1¼ hours) in Tuxtla’s eastern suburbs; from the stand at the colectivo stop, hire a taxi to the airport (M$150, 30 minutes). A number of tour agencies, including Viajes Chincultik and Otisa, run shuttles to the Tuxtla airport for M$150 to M$160 per person, but scheduled service is generally at 9am only. Reserve in advance, especially if you want to leave at another time.

Mexicana (678-93-09; Belisario Domínguez 2B) sells flights from Tuxtla Gutiérrez.

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