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How to Spend 2 Days in San Cristóbal de las Casas

How to Spend 2 Days in San Cristóbal de las Casas

With its mountainous surroundings, colonial-era architecture, and political history, there’s much to discover in San Cristóbal de las Casas. Ticking off its highlights in just two days seems tricky but can be done with some planning. Here’s how.

Day 1: Sightseeing in the City

**Morning:**Get your bearings in San Cristóbal on a walking tour, on which you’ll learn more about the city’s often-overlooked history as you stroll cobblestone streets. Alternatively, capture sharable snaps of the city’s colorful architecture and political street art on a photography-focused tour. 

**Afternoon:**Dive deeper into San Cristóbal’s cultural heritage on a visit to its markets and museums. The Santo Domingo Artisan Market is a great place to purchase souvenirs, while the Mayan Medicine Museum, Kakaw Museum, and Casa Na Bolom reveal much about Mesoamerican culture. 

**Night:**Just before sunset, take a walk up to Iglesia De Guadalupe to enjoy sweeping views of the region in the last light of the day. Afterwards, wander back along Real de Guadalupe, the main pedestrian strip where dinner and drink options are plentiful.

Day 2: Discover Chiapas

**Day:**Take advantage of full-day tours and dedicate your second day to discovering wider Chiapas. Not far from the city, smaller towns such as San Juan Chamula or Zinacantan reveal the culture of indigenous Mexicans, while surrounding valleys, canyons, waterfalls, and sinkholes offer offer thrills in abundance. Hailed as Chiapas’s crowning glory, the ancient city of Palenque is another popular day trip option; the rural ruins come with far fewer crowds than Chichen Itza and Tulum. 

**Night:**Day tours from San Cristóbal typically include round-trip transfer, though not all include lunch. Most tours drop off at the Zócalo, with some arriving back to town quite late. Fortunately, a short walk north of the center reveals side streets full of upscale restaurants and traditional taquerias that stay open late into the evening.

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Visit to San Juan Chamula and Zinacatan Indigenous Communities

Visit to San Juan Chamula and Zinacatan Indigenous Communities

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Leave the tourist track behind on this visit to the indigenous communities of the Tzotzil ethnic group of Mexico. The tour includes a visit to the town of San Juan Chamula to see the fusion of contemporary and ancient Mayan traditions, and a tour of Zinacantan to see locals working pre-Columbian waist looms and to sample handmade tortillas and regional drinks.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$19.00
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Agua Azul, Misol Hà Waterfalls and Palenque Ruins Tour

Agua Azul, Misol Hà Waterfalls and Palenque Ruins Tour

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Get an early start to a full day of sightseeing at Cascadas de Agua Azul, Misol-Ha Waterfall and Palenque, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Take in the natural splendor of a series of cascading waterfalls and dip into turquoise pools below the 115-foot-tall (35-meter) Misol Ha. Then visit the restored archaeological ruins of Palenque, a former Maya city-state dating back to the 7th century. Round-trip transport is provided from San Cristóbal de las Casas.
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  • 20 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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El Chiflon Waterfalls and Montebello Lakes National Park Day Trip

El Chiflon Waterfalls and Montebello Lakes National Park Day Trip

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Visit Montebello Lakes National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and the 360-foot (120-meter) Chiflon Waterfall on this tour from San Cristóbal de las Casas. Learn about the flora, fauna, and geology of the park and the reasons for the various lakes' unusual colors from your accompanying guide. Entrance fees and hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$67.70
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Tour to San Juan Chamula & Zinacantan

Tour to San Juan Chamula & Zinacantan

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Explore the city of San Cristobal de Las Casas along with nearby indigenous villages on a small-group full-day tour led by a local guide. See the highlights of San Cristobal's historical center including the Zocalo (main plaza), the Cathedral, and several Spanish colonial buildings with impressive archiecture. Head to the central market and Santo Domingo Church before continuing to the small villages of San Juan Chamula and San Lorenzo Zinancantan. Have the option to include a visit to the Na Bolom Museum to complete your small-group tour.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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El Chiflón Waterfalls and Montebello Lagoons Day Trip

El Chiflón Waterfalls and Montebello Lagoons Day Trip

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Immerse in nature on this day trip to two magnificent gems of Chiapas: Cascada El Chiflón and Lagunas de Montebello National Park. First, summit the turquoise-colored El Chiflón waterfall and watch in awe as it crashes 394 feet (120 meters). Then continue on to the Montebello Lakes by coach. You’ll travel round-trip from hotels in San Cristóbal de las Casas.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$34.00
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Sumidero Canyon and Chiapa de Corzo Combo Tour

Sumidero Canyon and Chiapa de Corzo Combo Tour

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Depart San Cristòbal de las Casas for Sumidero Canyon and embark on a 2.5-hour boat ride between steep rock walls on the Grijalva River. Afterward, stop by the archeological site of Chiapa de Corzo, the oldest town in Chiapas and designated one of Mexico’s Pueblo Mágicos (Magical Towns) for its natural beauty and historical significance. Hotel pickup is included.
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  • 8 hours
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Indigenous Villages Cultural Tour: Chamula and Zinacantan from San Cristóbal de las Casas

Indigenous Villages Cultural Tour: Chamula and Zinacantan from San Cristóbal de las Casas

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Let a guide navigate and translate for you on a day trip to 2 indigenous villages in Chiapas. On walking tours of each town, gain an understanding of indigenous culture and tradition you won’t find in guidebooks. After visiting an artisan market, sit down with a local family for a meal of fresh tortillas, beans, and organic coffee. Round-trip transport from San Cristobal is included for your convenience.
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  • 6 hours
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US$31.00
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Photo Polaroid Tour in San Cristóbal de las Casas

Photo Polaroid Tour in San Cristóbal de las Casas

The Polaroid Photo Tour will take you to the most beautiful and popular places in the city. With the instant camera that well give you, you’ll be able to make your own "vintage" memories of this wonderful town.´ It is a unique and original way to get to know this beautiful city. Selfie are cool but not even close to the magic of instant pics!
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$65.39
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