Attractions

Top Choice Historic Building in San Cristóbal de las Casas

Na Bolom

An atmospheric museum-research center, Na Bolom for many years was the home of Swiss anthropologist and photographer Gertrude Duby-Blom (Trudy Blom; 1901–93) and her Danish archaeologist husband Frans Blom (1893–196…
Top Choice Church in San Cristóbal de las Casas

Templo & Ex-Convento de Santo Domingo de Guzmán

Located just north of the center of town, the imposing 16th-century Templo de Santo Domingo is San Cristóbal’s most beautiful church, especially when its facade catches the late-afternoon sun. This baroque frontage,…
Cathedral in San Cristóbal de las Casas

Catedral

On the north side of the plaza, the candy-colored cathedral was begun in 1528 but wasn't completed until 1815 because of several natural disasters. Sure enough, new earthquakes struck in 1816 and also 1847, causing …
Museum in San Cristóbal de las Casas

Museo del Ámbar de Chiapas

Chiapas amber – fossilized pine resin that's around 30 million years old – is known for its clarity and diverse colors. Most is mined around Simojovel, north of San Cristóbal. This small museum explains all things a…
Plaza in San Cristóbal de las Casas

Plaza 31 de Marzo

The leafy main plaza is a fine place to take in San Cristóbal’s unhurried highland atmosphere. Shoe-shiners, newspaper sellers and ambulantes (mobile street vendors) gather around the elaborate iron bandstand.The Ho…
Museum in San Cristóbal de las Casas

Centro de Textiles del Mundo Maya

Upstairs inside the Ex-Convento de Santo Domingo, this excellent museum showcases over 500 examples of handwoven textiles from throughout Mexico and Central America. Two permanent exhibition rooms display huipiles (…
Museum in San Cristóbal de las Casas

Museo de los Altos de Chiapas

One of two museums inside the Ex-Convento de Santo Domingo, which is located on the western side of the Templo de Santo Domingo, this museum has several impressive archaeological relics – including stelae from Chinc…
Hill in San Cristóbal de las Casas

Cerro de Guadalupe

Want to take in the best views in town? Well, you'll have to work for them, because at this altitude the stairs up this hill can be punishing. A church crowns the lookout: the Iglesia de Guadalupe becomes a hotspot …
Museum in San Cristóbal de las Casas

Museo del Cacao

This chocolate museum runs along an open upstairs balcony of a cafe. Learn about the history of chocolate and how it was used by the Maya. Also on display are modern chocolate drinking vessels and utensils, and the …
Notable Building in San Cristóbal de las Casas

Centro Cultural El Carmen

This ex-convent, just east of the Arco del Carmen, is a wonderful colonial building, with a large, peaceful garden. It’s now the Centro Cultural El Carmen, hosting art and photography exhibitions and the occasional …