San Cristóbal de Las Casas for Digital Nomads: The Ultimate Travel and Remote Work Guide

If you're traveling with a mixed group of people with varying interests, trust us—Mexico is the place to go. It's one of those countries that cater to all travel types, promising a diverse range of experiences from cityscapes and rich cultural heritage to serene beaches and adventurous landscapes. If you're a beach bum drawn to towns steeped in colonial charm, the Yucatán Peninsula is your go-to. For urban explorers, Mexico City's energetic sprawl is hard to beat. And if you're looking for a culturally immersive experience packed with nature and authenticity, the Chiapas region will over-deliver.

Speaking of the Chiapas region, San Cristóbal de Las Casas, often nicknamed San Cris, is the perfect gateway to explore the mountain regions of Mexico. But the town's pastel-colored alleyways aren't the only reason it's popular. The community's commitment to social issues and the low cost of living are increasingly drawing remote workers, making it an attractive destination for digital nomads.

If you're intrigued, keep reading to uncover our digital nomad's guide to San Cristóbal de Las Casas.

Where is San Cristóbal de Las Casas Located?

San Cristóbal de Las Casas is your perfect highland getaway, located in the heart of Chiapas, Mexico. With its cooler climate—thanks to being perched among the Sierra Madre mountains—it's a refreshing change from the tropical heat of the coast. This city is a treasure trove of history and culture, offering marketplaces, stunning colonial architecture, and charming cobbled streets that whisk you back in time.

But it's not all picturesque landscapes—San Cristóbal is also a hub of profound social dynamics. The indigenous communities here are deeply involved in ongoing struggles for rights and recognition, led by the influential Zapatista movement. But don't worry, this vibrant cultural and political scene is something we'll explore more in this guide.

The Pros and Cons of Living in San Cristóbal de Las Casas as a Digital Nomad

Vintage car with Chiapas State plate
Vintage car with Chiapas State plate (Photo credits: @unaelenaerrante)

As a digital nomad, there are definitely lots of perks to living in San Cris. Off the top of our heads, the young community is surely a bonus. Plus, the fact that there are cultural events, amazing street food, and temperatures that change throughout the seasons is something we love. But let's take a closer look at the pros and cons of living in San Cris.

The Benefits of San San Cristóbal de Las Casas for Digital Nomads

Let's start with the benefits that are helping San Cris carve out a niche among digital nomads seeking a unique and stimulating environment.

1. Affordable for anyone

Chiapas is a region known for its stunning natural landscapes but remains one of the poorer areas in Mexico. This means the cost of things like places to stay, meals, and activities are quite low. San Cristobal is especially budget-friendly, making it a great spot in Mexico that’s truly accessible to anyone.

2. Authenticity

San Cristobal is refreshingly different from more tourist-heavy spots in Mexico. Here, you won't find the usual tourist-targeted experiences. Instead, San Cristobal offers a genuine simplicity, where visitors can easily blend in and live like locals, creating a routine that feels natural.

3. Stunning natural scenery

We digital nomads know how important it is to get a break from our devices. And the area around San Cristobal offers just the perfect scenario to immerse ourselves in nature. With attractions like the breathtaking El Chiflon and El Aguacero waterfalls and the expansive beauty of Lagunas de Montebello National Park, Chiapas is a treasure trove for adventurers.

4. Vibrant cultural and social scene

I spent many years in Bologna and let me tell you, San Cristobal's cultural scene and lively spirit really remind me of it! The town is a melting pot of expats and locals who form dynamic communities, filled with music, art, activism, and a collective eagerness to connect and share. This makes it a perfect place for digital nomads on the hunt for a stimulating social and cultural setting.

The Challenges of Living in San Cristóbal de Las Casas for Digital Nomads

Now it's time to rip off the band-aid and get to the challenges that come with living in San Cris. Don't worry though, there aren't many but they're definitely to consider for remote workers and for anyone who's weather-sensitive.

1. Internet connection can be hit or miss

This one's a tough one, we know. When it comes to staying connected, the experience can vary widely in San Cristobal. If you're working from coworking spaces or certain cafes, you'll likely have reliable Wi-Fi. But, in many accommodations, while common areas may offer good connectivity, private rooms sometimes lag behind. Always double-check the Wi-Fi situation before booking, especially for longer stays, to avoid any unwelcome surprises.

2. Chilly winter temperatures

If you were planning on skipping those European winters by staying in San Cris, think again. San Cristobal actually shares a similar chill. I experienced this first-hand in November, and it was far from what I had hoped! Temperatures can drop to around 5 degrees Celsius at night, and many local accommodations aren't equipped with heaters (bummer). Add some rainfall and the typical conditions of an area 2200 meters above sea level, and you might find it a bit too brisk for comfort. If you're planning to visit, consider scheduling your trip from March onwards when the climate becomes more welcoming.

How to Get to San Cristóbal de Las Casas

Pedestrian street in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Mexico
Pedestrian street in San Cristóbal de Las Casas (Photo credits: @unaelenaerrante)

Located in the scenic Chiapas region, San Cristóbal de Las Casas is accessible from various major cities across Mexico, both by bus and air. For those not on a multi-stop tour, flying in is the quickest and easiest option. Here’s a look at what you can expect based on your starting point:

From Cancun - Yucatan Peninsula

By air

Daily flights from Cancun Airport to Tuxtla Gutierrez Airport take just about 1 hour and 40 minutes. From there, it’s a one-hour drive to San Cristóbal de Las Casas.

By bus

The journey by bus, while cheaper, is quite lengthy. ADO and OCC buses make the trip from Cancun to San Cristóbal, which can take around 21 hours. From the Campeche area, it’s about 12 hours.

From Mexico City

Given the distance from Mexico City, flying is the most practical choice. Flights land at Tuxtla Gutierrez Airport, with the onward journey to San Cristóbal taking approximately the same time as from Cancun (1h40).

From Oaxaca

Getting to San Cris from Oaxaca isn't the most ideal option in terms of time. Here's how you can reach San Cris from Oaxaca:

By air

There are no direct flights from Oaxaca to San Cristóbal. You’d have to fly back to Mexico City first, turning what could be a shorter trip into nearly 10 hours of travel.

By bus

Alternatively, there’s a night bus from Oaxaca, operated by both ADO and OCC, which takes around 12 hours. This option could be better for those looking to save on travel expenses and prefer ground travel.

Getting Around San Cristóbal de Las Casas

Historical center of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Mexico
Historical center of San Cristóbal de Las Casas (Photo credits: @unaelenaerrante)

San Cristóbal de Las Casas is a wonderfully walkable city, ideal for digital nomads and anyone who enjoys exploring on foot. The main areas of interest are comfortably accessible, with a leisurely stroll from the Guadalupe Church to the city center taking about 30 minutes.

If you're less inclined to walk, taxis are an affordable alternative, with very reasonable rates. For longer distances or trips to nearby attractions like San Juan Chamula, local collectivos are an efficient and authentic way to travel.

Did you know? San Cristóbal de Las Casas is recognized as a Pueblo Magico, a title given to towns that preserve their historical charm, vibrant architecture, and rich traditions. There are 130 Pueblos Magicos across Mexico, each offering a unique glimpse into the country’s cultural tapestry.

Digital Nomad Accommodation Options in San Cristóbal de Las Casas

Traditional houses in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Mexico
Traditional houses in San Cristóbal de Las Casas (Photo credits: @unaelenaerrante)

Let's face it, as digital nomads who often use their accommodation as a workplace too, the accommodation can make or break our experience. In San Cris, you can opt for your own apartment or share a space with fellow travelers.

Airbnb apartments

Platforms like Airbnb and Booking are the easiest way to find your accommodation. You’ll find everything from cozy lofts to spacious apartments ranging from €300 to €900 per month, depending on size and location. Many listings highlight internet speed, crucial for those planning extended stays. A tip: don’t hesitate to negotiate with hosts for a better deal, especially if you're planning a longer visit.

Coliving spaces

If you want to blend your work and social life, you absolutely need to check out Co.404 Coliving Space. They offer a comprehensive living package inside a residential area. You'll find various living options, from single, double, and dormitory rooms, along with dedicated workspaces and communal areas perfect for networking and collaborating. There’s also a shared kitchen for when you want to whip up a meal.

The Best Areas to Stay in San Cristóbal de Las Casas

Street art in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Mexico
Street art in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Mexico (Photo credits: @unaelenaerrante)

Exploring where to stay in San Cristóbal de Las Casas reveals the city's diverse character. Each of the four main neighborhoods — Zócalo (center), Barrio de La Merced, Barrio del Cerrillo and Barrio de Guadalupe — comes with distinct experiences and atmospheres. Let's dive in.

Zócalo: the Town's Beating Heart

The Zócalo, or central square, of San Cristóbal is the epicenter of local life and tourist activities, animated by the daily buzz around Plaza de la Paz and the pedestrian-friendly Andador Guadalupe. It's the ultimate location for those looking to dive straight into the heart of the city's cultural and social scenes. But its popularity comes with a price—apartment rentals in this area can be quite steep, typically exceeding €1000 per month, which might deter those seeking longer-term stays.

Barrio de La Merced: a Serene Escape Close to the Action

Just beyond the central Zócalo, Barrio de La Merced offers a quieter, more residential atmosphere. This neighborhood is a good choice for those looking for a more calm experience without sacrificing convenience. In September, it becomes a festive hub with local celebrations that include parades and street food vendors, offering a taste of authentic Mexican culture right at your doorstep.

Barrio del Cerrillo: Street Art and Artisans

Barrio del Cerrillo is renowned for its creative spirit, with streets lined with vibrant murals and artisan workshops showcasing traditional crafts, particularly wrought iron works. The area is also home to the Santo Domingo artisanal market, a local favorite for handcrafted goods. This neighborhood is great if you appreciate art and wish to experience first-hand the local artisan scene.

Barrio de Guadalupe: Spirituality and Celebration

Centered around the revered church dedicated to the Virgin of Guadalupe, this neighborhood is a focal point for religious and festive activities, especially during the Virgin of Guadalupe celebrations on December 12th. The area bursts into life with food stalls, musical performances, and fireworks. For visitors and residents alike, Barrio de Guadalupe offers a unique blend of spirituality and community festivity, all while providing more affordable housing options compared to the city center.

Did you know? December 12th holds a special significance across Mexico as it marks the celebration of the Virgin of Guadalupe. This holiday has roots in a story of an indigenous man who, after the fall of Tenochtitlan to the Spanish, encountered a figure that blended the Virgin Mary with a pre-Hispanic goddess. He was instructed by her to build a church in what is now Mexico City. This site has grown to become one of the most sacred religious destinations in Mexico. Throughout December, Mexicans embark on lengthy pilgrimages to this church, and San Cristóbal de Las Casas is renowned for hosting the second largest celebrations in honor of this day.

Internet Connectivity in San Cristóbal de Las Casas

Blue church in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Mexico

The good news is it's gotten way easier to find reliable wifi in San Cristóbal de Las lately. Sure, some spots still have the occasional slow connection, especially if you need super-fast speeds for your work. But, a lot of Airbnb listings now mention their internet speed, so you can choose wisely.

And if you happen to choose a place with less-than-ideal connectivity, don’t worry—there are plenty of coworking spaces and cafes equipped to rescue your workday.

Keep reading as in the next paragraph, I'll be sharing my favorite cafés in town to work with your laptop!

If you prefer to be a bit more independent and get your own internet connection, there are plenty of options that include a portable WiFi hotspot, a prepaid SIM card and an eSIM.

Pre-Paid Local SIM Cards for Mexico

There are several options for tourists who want to use a SIM card in Mexico. The main SIM card providers are TelcelAT&T, and Movistar.

1. Telcel

Telcel reigns supreme as Mexico's largest and most popular network. They boast excellent nationwide coverage and a vast selection of plans and services to suit your needs. Snag a Telcel SIM card conveniently upon arrival at the airport or grab one from familiar stores like OXXO or 7-Eleven for around $15-17 USD (250-300 MXN). These typically include 3-4 GB of data to get you started. For ultimate ease, you can even pre-purchase online through Amazon.

2. AT&T

For US travelers, encountering AT&T in Mexico might feel like seeing an old friend. They offer mobile plans specifically designed for Mexico. You can purchase a SIM card at their physical stores within Mexico or grab one online on Amazon, whichever method suits you best.

3. Movistar

The last option you've got in Mexico is Movistar. These are the plans offered currently:

  • Unlimited Calls & 1GB Data (14 days) - $3 USD (MX$50)
  • Unlimited Calls & 4GB Data (30 days) - $6 USD (MX$100)
  • Unlimited Calls & 5GB Data (30 days) - $12 USD (MX$200)
Registration Needed! Mexican law requires all mobile users to register their phone numbers with the authorities. The good news? You can conveniently complete this process at the store where you purchase your SIM card. Simply bring your passport for verification to ensure a smooth experience.

Best eSIMs for Mexico

Craving ultimate internet independence? Ditch the airport scramble and consider an eSIM for your Mazunte adventure. These digital SIM cards allow you to activate internet access directly on your phone, even before landing in Mexico. Our top picks for Mazunte are Airalo and Holafly. Check out their data allowances and plan options below to find your perfect fit:

Airalo eSIM Plans for Mexico

Plan Data Validity Price
Chorro Fon 1 GB 7 Days US $8
Chorro Fon 2 GB 15 Days US $15
Chorro Fon 3 GB 30 Days US $21
Chorro Fon 5 GB 30 Days US $32.50
Chorro Fon 10 GB 30 Days US $49

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Holafly eSIM Plans for Mexico

Validity Data Price
5 Days Unlimited data with calls $19.00
7 Days Unlimited data with calls $27.00
10 Days Unlimited data with calls $34.00
15 Days Unlimited data with calls $47.00
20 Days Unlimited data with calls $54.00
30 Days Unlimited data with calls $64.00
60 Days Unlimited data with calls $84.00
90 Days Unlimited data with calls $99.00
Not all phones support eSIM technology, so you need to check your device compatibility before buying one. 

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Best Places to Work in San Cristóbal de Las Casas

You're probably wondering how it's even possible that a small town in the middle of the mountains like San Cristóbal has co-working spaces! But it does! The rise of digital nomadism in Mexico has spurred the development of coworking spaces and cafes that cater to both work and social interactions. This trend continues to grow, reaching even the most unexpected places.

Best Co-working Spaces in San Cristóbal de Las Casas

Co. 404 Coliving in San Cristóbal, Mexico

But don't get ahead of yourself—we said there were some co-working spaces, not that there were hundreds of them! San Cristóbal offers two coworking options, including one that provides accommodations for a more integrated experience.

Co. 404 Coliving

I’ve already mentioned this space when I was recommending accommodations, but it deserves a spotlight of its own. Loved by the digital community in San Cristóbal, Co. 404 Coliving merges a homely and welcoming atmosphere with top-notch facilities, making it a prime choice not just for solo travelers. It offers rooms to fit various budgets and includes amenities like high-speed internet, a quiet work area, a fully equipped kitchen, and a lounge area for breaks between tasks. The real perk of Co. 404 is that access to the coworking area is included with your stay. The only catch? You need to be renting one of their rooms, as they do not offer separate coworking passes.

Centralita Coworking

Imagine a lush urban jungle where tranquility meets inspiration—Centralita Coworking is exactly that space, perfect for diving into your work surrounded by tropical plants. When it's time for a break, the terrace offers a serene spot to unwind. The Wi-Fi is blazing fast, allowing you to sip on traditional Chiapas coffee as you work. They offer flexible packages tailored to your needs, whether you need access for a month, two weeks, six days, or just daily.

Best Cafés in San Cristóbal de Las Casas

Frontera Café in San Cristóbal, Mexico
Frontera Café in San Cristóbal, Mexico

I personally love working in cafes, especially if they serve local or artisanal food and drinks that I can't usually taste elsewhere. And if you've been to Mexico already, you'll agree with me that nothing beats a boiling cup of Mexican coffee to complete any project!

Frontera Café

Frontera Café is a sanctuary for coffee lovers so naturally it's my favorite spot. Here, they pride themselves on their artisanal coffee brewed in diverse styles, complemented by a menu that makes it a prime spot for a hearty breakfast or a leisurely brunch. The space, shared with the vibrant La Espirituosa shop and a distillery, offers both cozy indoor seating and charming outdoor tables, crafting a perfect blend of culinary and cultural delights.


Right in the vibrant heart of San Cristóbal, Cafeologia doubles as a coffee shop and workspace haven. While the indoor seating buzzes with the energy of its patrons (which might not suit those needing utter concentration), there's a charming garden area that provides a perfect oasis during warmer months to work on any task. Here, the coffee is exceptional, and the ambiance invites you to stay, work, and enjoy.

Sarajevo Cafe Jardin

Step into Sarajevo Cafe Jardin and feel the laid-back Tulum vibes right in San Cristóbal. This café welcomes digital nomads with open arms, boasting flawless Wi-Fi and a menu that excels from morning brunch to late breakfast. It’s a place where work meets relaxation, all set in an inviting garden atmosphere.

Aguacate Veggie Bar

Aguacate Veggie Bar offers a peaceful nook if you want to combine work with wellness. This intimate space is has a fast Wi-Fi but also fosters a calm environment where you can enjoy a vegan menu that's as nourishing as it is delicious. Open from morning until 6PM, it’s perfect for anyone looking to enrich their workday with good health and good vibes.

Cost of Living at San Cristóbal de Las Casas

Historical square in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Mexico

While Chiapas records the highest poverty rates in Mexico, thanks in large part to tourism, San Cristóbal de Las Casas is a different story. This has made the cost of living more bearable for some locals, and for digital nomads, it translates to affordability and great accessibility. Here’s a closer look at the costs of living, covering both accommodations and dining.

Accommodation costs 

I know it's a give but your lifestyle choices will largely dictate your living expenses in San Cristóbal de Las Casas. With a moderate budget, you can snag a one or two-bedroom apartment or loft ranging from €500 to €900 per month, where prices vary based on location and size. If you prefer a coliving space, which takes utilities and Wi-Fi off your worries, expect to start at around €700 per month for a small single room.

Dining costs

Eating out in San Cristóbal de Las Casas is almost always easy on the wallet. Breakfast can set you back between €2 and €7, whether it’s a croissant and drink or a full plate. A typical lunch or dinner in a casual restaurant runs from €5 to €10, while a fancier spot might charge between €15 and €20. Street food is abundantly cheap with tacos sometimes costing as little as €0.15.

As for coffee, an espresso costs about €1.50, an Americano €2.20, and a special beverage like a matcha latte around €3.30. For groceries, Walmart and Chedraui are the top choices, offering a wide range of products at competitive prices.

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Tradition, History and Food in San Cristóbal de Las Casas

Traditional cocoa making tools
Traditional cocoa making tools (Photo credits: @unaelenaerrante)

San Cristóbal de Las Casas is the living, breathing center of Mayan culture, deeply enriched by the Tseltal and Tsotsil communities. Here, traditions are alive. The indigenous identity, especially of the Tseltal and Tsotsil communities, remains robust, and safeguarded by the Zapatista movement. Strolling through the alleyways, you'll stumble upon outlets selling La Sagrada Paz products, where each purchase supports the movement through books, clothes, and various other items.

In San Cristóbal, you're also at the heart of Mayan traditions surrounding cocoa and coffee and the ancient spirit known as 'Pox.' It’s a chance to sip history in every cup.

The Zapatista Movement: from Rebellion to Rights

Born in Chiapas in 1983, the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) transitioned from a covert anti-capitalist armed group to a revolutionary body championing the civil, social, and self-determination rights of indigenous people. Within its ranks, women have always held significant roles and responsibilities, underpinning the Zapatista ideology which incorporates principles of gender equality and feminist struggles from its inception.

Cocoa and Coffee: Between Museums and Tastings

In San Cristóbal de Las Casas, you can dive deep into the roots of two of the world's most cherished beverages: coffee and chocolate. The fertile soil of Chiapas makes it a prime spot for coffee cultivation, but it’s also the historical birthplace of chocolate, once revered as the "food of the gods" by the Maya. You can explore this rich history by visiting the Kakaw Museo del Cacao y Chocolateria Cultural, where the journey from bean to bar comes alive, or savor unique blends at local spots like Libre Cafe.

Pox, Maya's Favorite Spirit

I bet you've had a Mezcal-based cocktail before. But while you may be familiar with Mezcal, I'm pretty sure you've never tasted Pox. Pronounced 'posh,' this traditional spirit from the Tzotzil Maya of Chiapas was once used in sacred ceremonies. Made by distilling a mixture of corn, wheat, and panela de caña (cane sugar), Pox originates specifically from the area around San Juan Chamula, near San Cristóbal. It’s a must-try local specialty, offering a taste of the region's deep cultural roots. Sampling a glass of Pox is a window into the timeless traditions of Chiapas.

Best Time to Visit San Cristóbal de Las Casas

Vintage shop in San Cristóbal de Las Casas Mexico
Vintage shop in San Cristóbal (Photo credits: @unaelenaerrante)

San Cristóbal de Las Casas offers a unique travel experience that varies greatly depending on the time of year. Typically, the best time to visit Mexico is from November to April, coinciding with the dry season. But in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, the dry season coincides with the colder months for some time. Here's a quick seasonal guide to help you plan your visit:

From December to March

Although these are the driest months, they are also surprisingly chilly due to the city's high altitude—2200 meters above sea level. Daytime temperatures hover around 19°C, dropping to a cool 6°C at night. If you're heading to San Cris during these months, be sure to pack warm clothing, including scarves and thick socks. If you're coming from a warmer place and prefer not to overpack, the local markets and vintage shops like Bad People and Tokyo Vintage offer plenty of options for warm gear—and even a bite of sushi or gyoza at the latter!

From April to June

This is the best time to enjoy San Cristóbal. The weather warms up, with temperatures ranging between 20°C to 28°C, perfect for exploring the beautiful natural scenery around the city, from canyons to waterfalls. Even in these warmer months, an evening chill can set in, so having a light sweater on hand for nighttime is wise.

From June to November

Travel during the months from June to October can be tricky, as afternoon and nighttime rains are frequent, which might hinder your plans to explore the city and its surroundings fully. Essential items for this season include a rain jacket and an umbrella to stay dry while you explore.

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Top 9 Things to Do in San Cristóbal de Las Casas

Exploring San Cristóbal de Las Casas is a must-do for anyone who visits, with its rich blend of cultural and natural attractions that ensure you'll never have a dull moment!

1. Go on a Free Walking Tour

Traditional house in San Cristóbal

To get a taste of San Cristóbal, nothing beats a good old walking tour. And this one's free! Typically lasting about three hours, these tours give you a thorough introduction to key spots like the historic center, Arco del Carmen, and the hillside church of San Cristobalito—which offers a panoramic view of the city. Along the way, you'll also get insider tips on the best places to enjoy local coffee, Pox, or where to grab the safest street food. Though the tour is called 'free,' tipping your guide around 100 MXN is expected and appreciated.

2. Visit the Casa Na Bolom Museum

Casa Na Bolom Museum

Dive into the history of Chiapas and San Cristóbal at the Casa Na Bolom Museum. Once the residence of archaeologist Frans Blom and photographer Trudi Blom, who were dedicated to documenting the Lacandon community and the Maya ruins, today's Na Bolom—meaning 'House of the Jaguar'—serves as a museum, hotel, restaurant, and local craft shop.

3. Book a Boat Tour at Sumidero Canyon

Sumidero Canyon

Don't miss out on a boat tour through Sumidero Canyon, one of the most popular excursions from San Cristóbal. Over two hours, marvel at the natural beauty of the Grijalva River and its wildlife, including crocodiles, spider monkeys, iguanas, and numerous bird species. 

4. Organize a Day Trip to the Palenque Archeological Site

Maya site of Palenque

For a day trip, visit the ancient Maya site of Palenque, nestled in the jungle complete with the calls of howler monkeys and parrots. Although smaller than some other famous sites like Tikal or Chichen Itza, Palenque offers a fascinating and mysterious journey back in time. Tip: Arrive early to beat the heat and the crowds from tour buses.

5. Check out the Kinoki Cultural Center

Kinoki Cultural Center

Remember how I told you that San Cris reminded me of Bologna? I wasn't kidding! Kinoki doubles as a cinema and cultural hub echoing the vibrant, community-driven spirit reminiscent of places like Bologna years ago. At Kinoki, you can catch independent films and documentaries that go deep into indigenous traditions and modern narratives. But we don't love it just for the films. Kinoki also features a rooftop terrace and a restaurant, making it a great spot to meet new people and exchange ideas.

6. Swim at El Aguacero and El Chiflon Falls

El Aguacero Fall

For a refreshing day trip, head north of San Cristóbal to El Aguacero. This hidden gem offers natural pools and secluded waterfalls, making it an ideal escape from the urban bustle. Another favorite is El Chiflon, a protected park home to five turquoise waterfalls perfect for swimming and soaking in the sun away from your screens.

7. Explore the Indigenous Community of San Juan Chamula

San Juan Chamula church (Photo credits: @unaelenaerrante)

San Juan Chamula offers a fascinating blend of Catholic and Maya traditions. Inside its unique church (where photos are not allowed), you'll find a floor covered in pine needles and traditional saints adorned with colorful decorations. The local mysticism is palpable, with rituals involving Coca Cola or Fanta, candles, and even live chickens. To truly appreciate what happens inside this church, it's wise to visit with a guide who can explain the intricate blend of faiths and practices observed by the local community.

8. Discover Montebello Lagoon

Montebello Lagoon

Home to 59 different lakes, Montebello Lagoon is a must-visit for nature lovers. Each lake offers unique sizes and shades, surrounded by a rich ecosystem of unique flora and fauna. Highlights include Cinco Lagos, Lago Montebello, and Lagunas de Colores, each offering picturesque views and tranquil settings.

9. Traverse the Arco del Tiempo

Arco del Tiempo

You probably didn't know that the largest natural art in the world is located in Chiapas. Neither did I, before I visited! Located in a less-traveled area of northern Chiapas, the Arco del Tiempo is a breathtaking geological formation that remains relatively untouched by mass tourism. Activities around the Arco del Tiempo include trekking, kayaking, and camping, available on tours lasting two to three days.

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Is San Cristóbal de Las Casas Safe?

Despite being located in a relatively poor state, San Cristóbal de Las Casas is considered a safe city if you take the right precautions. Daytime in the city is mostly trouble-free, but for nighttime outings, it's wise to stay within well-lit and populated tourist spots.

Traveling by car around the outskirts can be risky, particularly on the route to Palenque, known for occasional roadblocks by locals seeking payments from drivers. It’s smart to keep valuables discreet and maintain awareness of your surroundings at all times.

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