Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas
By Dorothy Bell
Photography by Bill Bell
San Cristóbal de las Casas Fast Facts
Location – Central highlands in the State of Chiapas
Population – 143,000
Weather – Cool Summers, Cool winters.
April is the warmest month. High of 24.1C (75.4F) Lows 7.5C
January Highs 21C(69,8 F) Lows 3.8C (38.8)
July Highs 22.7C (72.9) Lows 10.1 C (50.2)
Elevation - 2,200 m (7,200 ft)
Founded - 1528
Industry - Services and Tourism, Mining Agriculture
Money – Banks, ATMs
Airport – The San Cristóbal de las Casas National
Airport was located 18 kms and is now closed due to structural failures. The
nearest airport is located in Tuxtla Guerrero 5o kms away.
Medical – Doctors, Dentists, Hospitals
(San Christobal de las Casas celebrates the many Mexican
festivals featured in
The ones listed below are particular to San Christobal de las Casas)
January - All Month - Sitting Child.
Celebrated statewide. A child sits in a small chair and sings to God. The party
host gives the child a bag with honey wafers, sweet wine and tamales.
Easter Sunday at the end of Holy Week
- Spring Fair and Peace
The most important festival of the
city, with different social and cultural events, dances, and marimba bands.
There is also a party in each of its neighborhoods.
July 16 -Fiesta de la
July 17-25 This celebrates the patron
saint of the city, whose iconographic attribute, a palm tree appears in the
Late October and early November -
Cervantes Baroque Festival
Some of the shows that are presented
are brought from the Cervantes Festival in Guanajuato. The various art forms
develop in courts, temples and plazas. These places are plays, exhibitions,
dance, poetry, among other activities. The entire historic center of the city
becomes a cultural space for both local talent and the international.
Things to see:
San Cristóbal de las Casas is located on Highway 190
between Tuxtla Guerrero and Comitan. It can easily be accessed from Tuxtla
Guerrero in the North via a 2 lane with passing shoulder toll road.
From Palenque, Highway 199 to San Cristóbal is a long slow
road with many topes that slow you down.
From the Tapachula on the Pacific Coast, again the paved
and windy road is marred by continual topes.