San Cristobal de las Casas is a great place to base yourself for countless adventures throughout Chiapas. With a tremendous offering of activities, such as traditional Mexican cooking classes and horseback journeys, it’s a city also largely inhabited by indigenous people, which adds an interesting flair of traditional Mexican culture. San Cristobal’s altitude and mountain location further contributes to this town’s appeal while also providing for many recreation pursuits throughout the surrounding area.
A boat tour of Sumidero Canyon makes for one of the quintessential day trips from San Cristobal de las Casas. And that’s for good reason. Sumidero Canyon is an extremely beautiful place, it’s not too far to reach, and it’s an inexpensive excursion from the city.
El Chiflon, on the other hand, is a stunning blue series of cascades that culminates with the enormous Velo de Novia waterfall – one the most beautiful waterfalls in Mexico. Walk up a path on the bank of the Rio San Vincente for about for about a mile and you’ll grow increasingly enamored with the sparklingly blue cascades, which reveal themselves one after the next.
In extreme Southern Chiapas, just before the border to Guatemala, there are a series of beautiful lakes tucked amongst the oak & pine forests, otherwise known as the Lagunas de Montebello National Park. These lakes form a beautiful backdrop for the hiking tours that take place here, and are known for their varying hues of green and blue that glisten in the sunlight. But check the weather before you venture all this way, as the lakes can often be misty and overcast.
In the Huitepec Ecological Reserve you’ll find a pleasant hike on the outskirts of San Cristobal de las Casas. The trail goes up the side of a mountain and winds through a lush forest. It’s known as a good place for birding. Expect the trek to take longer if you take your time or if you’re really trying to spot some of the more elusive birds.