This municipality is located in Chiapas, in the Central Highlands of Mexico. Known for its quaint houses with red tiled roofing and white stucco walls, familiar for its cobblestone streets and open plazas, this is a cultural city with Mayan-speaking Indians as its primary inhabitants.
Much of the city’s architecture and has been retained historically over the years, and being here is like stepping inside the pages of history books.
The area also has a rich history with many Indians living in the outskirts of San Cristobal, as they are believed to have been expelled because of religious differences.
If you’re planning to visit here, it means you’re after one thing, as the town is known for its handicrafts and weaving, something which you can bring home to decorate your houses with or give as gifts.
San Cristobal is divided into several towns, each with a specialty when it comes to crafting. Amatenango del Valle, for example, is a town of potters, while Aguacatenango is famous for its gorgeous embroidery. If you go to either Magdalena or San Andres, you’ll find lovely brocaded textiles. These pieces are all handmade by artisans, thus most of it are one of a kind and a real treasure find.
While there, you must not also miss visiting a town landmark, which is the Cathedral Plaza, which has Baroque and indigenous influences. You must also check out the San Cristobal Church which is found on a hill and offers a panoramic site of this area. If you come here in the last week of July, you can experience how the locals celebrate the patron saint’s feast day, which is both fun and awe-inspiring.