By Joslyn Erickson
San Cristobal
Mexico
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Located in the state of Chiapas, San Cristóbal de las Casas is a perfect combination of culture, history, nature and modern restaurants, cafes and clubs. Escape Wizard.com invites you to experience the Zapatista rebellion and learn more about the local history and struggles as you see and discover the Mexico that you don’t see in the movies.

Using EscapeWizard.com for your flights, you will land in the Tuxtla Gutierrez Airport (TGZ), a 45-minute bus ride from San Cristóbal. Just follow this link to book with EscapeWizard.com today (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php). And when booking your hotel accommodations, book through EscapeWizard.com by following this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl). The local bus companies: ADO, OCC and Mayab will have terminals located here where you can get an inexpensive bus ticket to San Cristóbal. Upon arrival in the city, the bus terminal is a short walk or taxi ride from the town center and the city’s Plaza de Armas, or main plaza.

San Cristóbal de las Casas is easily navigable by foot, though there are taxis available everywhere and any time you may need one. From adventure to culture to everything in between, it’s easy to experience everything there is to offer. EscapeWizard.com recommends starting your visit of this town in the center: the Plaza de Armas. From here you can easily get your bearings, organize tours, listen to some live mariachi music in the central gazebo or just watch the locals selling their wares. But don’t dally for too long! Face towards the white Government building and to the right across the street is a yellow church with a large wooden cross in front. Here, between 7:30 and 8:30 am you will find César, a local tour guide, who can be spotted wearing a baseball cap and speaking to tourists. For less than US$20 you can join the day’s group for a trip to the local indigenous villages of San Juan Chamula and Zinacatan. At these visits you will experience local healing traditions, taste freshly made tortillas, see traditional weaving and have a chance to buy souvenirs. This trip is unforgettable and you will be back to your hotel by mid-afternoon.

If you’re hungry upon your return, San Cristóbal has a plethora of delicious restaurants and cafés to suit anyone’s style. From small, hole-in-the-wall taquerías to fast-food joints to upscale French restaurants and everything in between, wander down the pedestrian street 20 de Noviembre or the other pedestrian and tourist haven, Real de Guadalupe, and treat yourself to a well-deserved meal and coffee (some of the best in Mexico!). After you’ve sated your hunger, why not keep heading up Real de Guadalupe and trek up the stairs to the church and appreciate an almost-birds-eye view of San Cristóbal’s terra cotta rooftops?

Haven’t filled your culture quota yet? EscapeWizard.com cannot recommend highly enough the Na Bolom museum, a fascinating look into the indigenous people in the surrounding Lacandon rainforest and a treasure trove of photographs, stories, personal accounts and artifacts and memorabilia left by the museum’s founders (it used to be their home), two well-known archaeologists and photographers. You can see where they worked and lived, and even enjoy a coffee at the on-site café. On your walk back into town, why not check out the Museo de Medicina Maya, or Mayan Medicine Museum (all labels and tags in Spanish only) where you can see a garden of Mayan healing herbs and plants and learn about natural remedies that have been used for centuries.

Finish off your night by taking in a movie at Kinoki Cinemas or by having a few drinks and some dancing at Bar La Revolución or El Zirco. Talk to locals, your hotel receptionist or pick up a local paper to find out what’s going on, as Mexico is full of unplanned parties and festivals!

Your time in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico will fly by with all the exciting things to do and places to visit, so book your trip now with EscapeWizard.com and start getting lost in the beauty of the Mexican mountains!
Hotels in San Cristobal
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Holiday Inn
Promotora Farrera de Turismo Sacv Calle 1 De Marzo 15, San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico
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When visiting San Cristobal, the Holiday Inn is an excellent choice because of the proximity to the historic sites and unique shops of the city. If traveling to the area by air, the Angel Albino Corzo airport is just 37 miles away.  From the airport you can arrange transport to the hotel by shuttle or taxi. Check in is at 3:00 p.m. and check out is at 1:00 p.m.  

For your room choice you can select from a traditional guest room, executive club level room, or suites, so there is something for everyone. Amenities vary depending on room selection, but typical room amenities include TV with access to in-movies, work desk with lamp, high speed internet access with wireless capabilities, and coffee maker. For keeping up with your conditioning while away from home, the hotel has an on-site fitness center with a bike, walking machine and escalator. 

The business traveler will find that the hotel is conveniently located to several major companies and government offices in the San Cristobal area. The state-of-the art business center is available to meet your office needs during your stay. You will have access to a PC with e-mail and internet capabilities, copier, printer and fax machine. 

If you need to host a group meeting or event, the hotel is equipped with 2 meeting rooms which can accommodate up to 200 guests. The rooms are equipped with Wi-Fi access, a projector and screen, flip charts and audio equipment. 

Dining on-site is available at the LaHosteria de Don Quijote. Her you can enjoy tastings of local fare which is typical of the Chiapas region, or indulge in national and international offerings. Complimentary breakfast is served buffet style with a delicious selection of foods. 
 
All in all, the Holiday Inn San Cristobal De Las Casas is an excellent choice when your travels take to the area. To book your next stay through EscapeWizard.com, just click this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).