Chiapas is Mexico’s southernmost state and arguably one of its most magical. Bordering Guatemala and Belize, this is where you’ll find the Mayan ruins of Palenque and Yaxchilán. Chiapas is also home to some of the most stunning waterfalls in Mexico, as well as spectacular lakes, pine-forest highlands, rainforest jungles, dramatic canyons and dozens of adventure activities.
If you’re visiting San Cristobal de las Casas for a few days, or as part of an extended family holiday, here’s our pick of the best things to do.
As with most Mexican towns, el zocalo (the main square) sits at the centre of the town. Also known as Vicente Espinoza Park, this shaded central plaza is where locals and visitors gather throughout the day. It’s a good place to stop and pause on one of the wrought iron benches. However, come evening time, musicians and performers gather to make a quick peso or two, and street vendors sell food, balloons and so much more.
One thing you won’t regret doing, is experiencing Canon del Sumidero – a striking river gorge where the limestone canyon walls stretch a mile into the sky. Boat tours through the gorge leave from Chiapa de Corzo and run up the river through the dramatic cliffs, past crocodiles lazing on the rocks.
It is also worth considering horseback riding at Lagos de Montebello or through the pine forests surrounding Grutas de Rancho Nuevo, which winds its way through the meadows, farmland, and local streams. It’s a pleasant trail ride that makes up a mix of nature and local life, and is perfect for the whole family.
Anybody interested in San Cristobal’s culture, language, and history, will find great satisfaction in the city’s offering of Mexican cooking classes. Here, you’ll participate in classes where you will be taught to prepare a range of local dishes that include traditional, colonial and contemporary elements – to savor up the taste of San Cristobal, as a local would.