In the central region of Mexico, a city in Chiapas stands out for its brilliant use of colors and attention to colonial detail. San Cristobal de las Casas affords architectural splendor and rich cultural detail that playfully animate the buildings around town.
The town is named after the bishop, Bartolome de Las Casas, who stood strongly for the rights of local indigenous people. The elements used when recent renovations were needed insured that historically significant elements of the Tzotzile, Tzeltale and the Lacandon culture were represented. The native people and their culture is strongly felt and their pride is wonderfully enjoyed by all who visit.
There are several religious facilities around town and all are uniquely brilliant. The San Cristobal Martyr Cathedral is a great place to take in the beautiful architecture and culture of the area. A massive staircase rises up the hill ofÂ to the cathedral and in itself, has become the highlight for many photographers.
The city of San Cristobal is often seen of great importance for environmentalists and many eco-minded travelers head to the Chiapas destination ofÂ the Huitepec Ecological Reserve. The popoyote is an indigenous fish that is extremely endangered and has been targeted by locals social groups to try and conserve its environment. Urban sprawl has encroached on the wetlands which make up the popoyote’s few kilometers of natural habitat. The popoyote is only found in San Cristobal.
San Cristobal is an amazing city that has withstood the test of time, surviving war, earthquakes andÂ the inevitable population growth. The changes the city makes to face the future ensures its ties to the past are well established and holding strong. For a taste of some of Mexico’s most colorful culture, travel to Chiapas’ bright city of San Cristobal.