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 Museum in San Cristóbal de las Casas

Museo de la Medicina Maya

This award-winning museum on the northern edge of town introduces the system of traditional medicine used by many indigenous people in the Chiapas highlands. Exhibits include displays of a ritual scene inside a chur…
Church in San Cristóbal de las Casas

Templo & Ex-Convento de Santo Domingo de Guzmán

Located just north of the center of town, the 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, with out…
Museum in San Cristóbal de las Casas

Museo del Ámbar de Chiapas

Chiapas amber – fossilized pine resin, around 30 million years old – is known for its clarity and diverse colors. Most is mined around Simojovel, north of San Cristóbal. This museum explains all things amber (with i…
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

Café Museo Café

This combined cafe and coffee museum is a venture of Coopcafé, a grouping of more than 17,000 small-scale, mainly indigenous, Chiapas coffee growers. The museum covers the history of coffee and its cultivation in Ch…
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…
Museum in San Cristóbal de las Casas

Museo Bichos e Insectos

A small museum but still home to over 2000 insects (only a few of them are alive, and very few of the mounted ones are labeled). Check out old wasp nests, huge beetles, leaf insects, spiders, crickets, butterflies a…
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

The 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 m…