All tourist roads in Chiapas lead, sooner or later, to the pastel painted, cobbled streets of the gorgeous mountain city of San Cristóbal de las Casas. Although the city is rich in cultural attractions, for many visitors it's the bright highland light, humming street life and the chance to mingle with the local indigenous people – a people who are descended from the ancient Maya and maintain some unique customs, traditional dress and beliefs – that is the greatest draw.
Markets and festivals often give the most interesting insight into indigenous life, and beyond the valley bowl in which San Cristóbal nestles, lots of village markets take place. Full of life and the hues of a hundred different colors, the weekly markets at the villages are today nearly always held on Sunday. Proceedings start as early as dawn, and wind down by lunchtime.