Welcome to San Cristobal
Encircled by evocative green hills, San Cristóbal is a thriving commercial center fueled by its proximity to Colombia, just 40km away. This proximity has also raised safety concerns in recent years, with drug and gas smuggling endemic in the area, paramilitary activity and high levels of street crime. You’ll pass through San Cristóbal if you are traveling overland to or from anywhere in Colombia except the Caribbean Coast, though some people stop overnight to break the long bus ride. While no traveler destination in itself, the city is a modern and comfortable place with friendly inhabitants. It is worth staying a bit longer in January, when the city goes wild for two weeks celebrating its Feria de San Sebastián.