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 Juan Chamula

Templo de San Juan

Standing beside the main plaza, Chamula’s main church is a ghostly white, with a vividly painted arch of green and blue. Inside the darkened sanctuary, hundreds of flickering candles, clouds of copal incense, and wo…
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 …
Cave in San Cristóbal Region

Grutas de San Cristóbal

The entrance to this long cavern is situated in pine woods 9km southeast of San Cristóbal, a five-minute walk south of the Pan-American Hwy. The first 350m or so of the cave is lit and open for viewing, with a concr…
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 …