Chiapa de Corzo
Chiapa de Corzo is a relaxed and hassle-free town near Tuxtla Gutiérrez, in Chiapas. It is centered around a large plaza with an unusual octogon shaped structure in the centre. Almost completely overlooked by foreign tourists in favour of San Cristobal, the town is definitely worth a day or two, and the near total absence of tour groups, hippies etc might be enticing for some. Aside from the laid back atmosphere, there are some impressive churches in town and a water front where you can pay for a boat ride on the river. The town is popular with Mexican tourists and so there are plenty of reasonably priced hotels and restaurants around the square.
From Tuxtla Gutiérrez you can take a colectvio. It takes around fifteen minutes and costs M$25.00 at the time of writing. From San Cristobal, if you're feeling adventurous and speak good Spanish, you could take any of the colectivos to Tuxtla (M$45, december 2013) and ask to get dropped off at the junction then flag down a passing colectivo (M$6, december 2013). If not, just go all the way to Tuxtla Gutiérrez, change, and then backtrack to Chiapa De Corzo (or vice versa to arrive to San Cristobal).
The town is small enough explore by foot and you can take a boat ride on the river.
The churches, the water front, explore the backstreets and markets. On the east side of the Church, there are a few murals and street art in the road that runs parallel to the river. Also on the east side of town, check out the very Mexican looking church.
Cañón del Sumidero is a short colectivo ride away. Take a colectivo headed towards Tuxtla and ask to be dropped opposite the “embarcadero” (no more than MX$10), cross the road and walk a couple hundred metres to the pier. Fare for the spectacular two hour boat ride is MX$200 (October 2014). Boats are uncovered, so wear appropriate clothing for the weather conditions.
There are ATMs in the main square and an offical office for tourism. You can take a boat ride, walk around and have a look at the various churches or sit on a bench in one of the main squares and dream away an afternoon.
Around the main plaza there are the stalls selling the usual array of sombreros, handicrafts, leatherware and other random bits and bobs. The prices here are likely to be lower than San Cristobal due to the lack of 'gringoflation'. If you have just arrived from San Cristobal, the main plaza may come as a relief since you are not bombarded with bracelets, jumpers and scarfs by hawkers.
There are plently of restaurants around the main plaza and several along the water front. There are some roadside stalls near the church (near where the flower vendors are) that serve up tasty snacks in the evenings. The mercardo is good for breakfast and lunch, with a main course going for around M$35.00
In the mornings, enter the market near the flower vendors and drink some tasty hot milk, served with cinnamon. In the evenings, the roadside stalls near flower market serve up a delicious soup-in-a-cup, perfect for a chilly evening!
Most hotels are in and around the side streets running of the main plaza. Prices start around M$150 and upwards for a single room, with attached bathroom and hot water.
There is a "Ciber" cafe with newish computers and a good connection on the road that leads towards the San Jocinto Church.
Take a collectivo to Tuxtla Gutiérrez from the main plaza.