San cristobal to Guatemala
Replies: 15 - Last Post: Apr 20, 2013 9:29 PM Last Post By: wanderingjay
Apr 17, 2013 9:43 PM
San cristobal to GuatemalaHi... We are currently wandering around Yucatan. We have booked an ADO bus from cancun to San Cristobal de las Casas leaving on April 26th - takes about 19 hours meaning we arrive about lunchtime on 27th I think. The plan is to stay a few days in San Cristobal before heading to Guatemala.
Couple of questions... Whilst I know we can check Trip Advisor, can anyone recommend somewhere inexpensive, clean, safe and "handy" to stay (handy for whatever might be worth doing that is... and I will read other posts and lonely planet to find those out)? We have been using airbnb and booking.com so far but looking for advice from those who have recent experience there.
Secondly, how would you advise getting to Guatemala from San Cristobal? We have flown too much recently (hence the bus from Cancun).
Thanks for your help
Apr 18, 2013 5:32 AM
1There's always more budget options available than listed in any guidebook. If you arrive at lunchtime (in San Critsobal I assume), then you have plenty of time to walk down the main pedestrian street (the andador) - there are many mid-range and some budget hotels there. At the far (western) end of th eandador and towards the van transit stations there are more budget options.
In San Cristobal be sure your room has 1) reliable heating of some sort - it gets cold at night, and 2) hot water at the times when you want it. Some places don't have these things, so ask before renting.
Apr 18, 2013 7:36 AM
2Go to the central parque in San Cristobal and get a shuttle ticket from any of the tour places there. Buy the ticket then dont wait. It the ticket is purchased the shuttle will run if not the shuttle may not run. The shuttle will take you to the Guat border and then the shuttle people will help you to the next shuttle in Guatemala. It takes about 11 hours to make the trip from San Cristobal to Antigua, Guatemala. It is much better than the old way on the chicken bus. The shuttle may also stop other places besides Antigua so as when you get your ticket.
Apr 18, 2013 9:57 AM
3I can recommend the Posada Tepeyec on Real Guadelupe only because I stayed there once. There are any number of good nice clean safe hotels on Real Guadalupe. I can recommend Otissa for a shuttle to Guatemala because I have used them a number of times.and they always run a good trip. They will take you to immagration and connect you with the shuttle company on the Guat side to connect you to where it is you will be going. You can also take the OCC bus to the Guatemala border but then you will have to find a shuttle on the Guat side on your own which should not be hard to do.
Apr 18, 2013 1:41 PM
4I have stayed at the Hotel Don Quijote in San Cristobal for years. An excellent small hotel , well located, a few blocks from the main square.
Apr 18, 2013 1:41 PM
5I have stayed at the Hotel Don Quijote in San Cristobal for years. An excellent small hotel , well located, a few blocks from the main square.
Apr 18, 2013 6:19 PM
6I thought I read a while back that there is nowhere in San Cristobal that has heating?
I don't think it is necessary, yes cold at night though. Lots and lots of places to stay there, what do you consider inexpensive? (I met some people who thought anything under $100 was inexpensive). I paid under $30 double for a place I thought was gorgeous, with lots of hot water.
Apr 18, 2013 8:49 PM
Apr 18, 2013 9:26 PM
8We stayed at Posada Carmelita http://casacarmelita.info/index_eng.html
I had written and booked ahead and we were given the lovely large room at the top of the stairs. 360 pesos double, with bath, which was under $30 in February, but I think the pesos has been going up in value, so a bit more now. Great location, family run so very friendly. Great views from their roof top terrace.
It had lots of empty room when we were there, I was surprised because it was such a nice place. Not all the rooms have private bath
We stayed 8 nights, my son who had to go back to work, only four nights. Lots to do there and in the area, so it is up to you. You might consider the tour to the Sumidero Canyon.
Be sure to eat at El Meson del Taco in San Cristobal. This taqueria was recommended to us by a local and it was fantastic! So cheap and so delicious, we went several times, just couldn't get enough of the place. Only open in the evenings at Crescencio Rosas 26. We were the only tourists in the place.
After SC we took a bus to Comitan and stayed a couple of nights. From there we did a collectivo to the Guatemala border and then chicken buses in Guatemala. But from SC you can get transit all the way through I believe.
Apr 19, 2013 1:18 AM
9"I thought I read a while back that there is nowhere in San Cristobal that has heating?"
You will not find many places in San Cristobal with heat. Nights can be cold but plenty of blankets in hotels. As far as prices, I pay about 30 dollars at the Hotel Don Quijote for a very nice room with cable tv, wifi, and many towels (which can be rare in budget hotels) and blankets.
Apr 19, 2013 4:52 AM
Apr 19, 2013 10:40 AM
11At the hotel I use, always hot water which is a plus to me. Always a good way to warm up. Also, another thing I like about the Don Quijote is that free Chipas coffee is available at 630 AM. It is set up on the first floor just outside the room I usually have. Very nice to be able to make a quick dash outside my room for coffee to start the day.
Apr 19, 2013 11:38 AM
Apr 19, 2013 11:54 AM
13San Cristobal was beautiful and sunny and hot during the days when I was there in February. Sundress weather for the ladies. But the temperature does drop off quickly as the sun goes down, it would catch you unaware. We were told our first morning there, by our local tour guide, that it had been a frost that previous night.
Robert your hotel there looks really nice. I think SC is a traveller's dream spot, with its wealth of affordable, yet nice, places to stay. And I liked the happy hour drink prices along the main street, sitting outside in the afternoon sun. By night time I was too cold to have a cold drink!
Apr 20, 2013 7:37 AM
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