Must see attractions in San Cristóbal de las Casas

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    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…

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    Museo de Sergio Arturo Castro Martínez

    The story behind this extraordinary collection – that's overseen by an even more extraordinary person, Don Sergio – is as interesting as the museum itself…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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,…

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    Museo de los Altos de Chiapas

    One of two world-class museums inside the Ex-Convento de Santo Domingo (on the western side of the Templo de Santo Domingo), this exhibits several…

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    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…

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    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…

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    Museo de la Medicina Maya

    This space pays homage to the various techniques and practices of indigenous traditional medicine of the Tzotzil and Tzeltal peoples in Chiapas. The…

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    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…

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    Mercado Municipal

    For a closer look at local life – and an assault on the senses – visit San Cristóbal’s busy municipal market, eight blocks north of the main plaza between…

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    Templo de la Caridad

    Built in 1712, the Templo (or Iglesia) de la Caridad has an imposing facade consisting of Tuscan columns and a central bell tower, decorated in the…

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    Arco del Carmen

    The Arco del Carmen, at the southern end of the Andador Turístico on Hidalgo, dates from the late 17th century and was once the city’s gateway.

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    Cerro de San Cristóbal

    The hot slog up the Cerro de San Cristóbal will pay you back with big views over the city and surrounds.

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    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…

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    Hotel Santa Clara

    The Hotel Santa Clara was built by Diego de Mazariegos, the Spanish conqueror of Chiapas. His coat of arms is engraved above the main portal. The house is…

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    Iglesia de la Merced

    Dating from 1537, the Iglesia de la Merced is often seen in postcards of San Cristóbal festooned in colorful flags. The interior of the sacristy has an…

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    Templo de Mexicano

    Attractive red-and-white church in one of the town's oldest neighbourhoods. Founded in 1594 as a small hermitage it was rebuilt as a larger church after…