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San Cristobal de las Casas

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==Get in==
[[Image:San_Cristobal_de_las_Casas.jpg|thumb|Church in San Cristóbal de las Casas]]
 
Most colectivos arrive and depart next to the ADO bus terminal, south of the city center.
The '''express bus''' system for getting around Mexico is advanced. The buses are generally comfortable and clean and there are multiple lines to choose from in a user-friendly way with professional and helpful ticket clerks at most main stations. The roads to San Cristóbal are winding and can be dizzying so some choose the option to take a bus and let a professional driver do the work. You can see the beautiful greenery of Chiapas all around you on the trip through the big bus windows, or pull the curtain to nap.
As At the current time of spring of 200626 October 2019, you can get an ADO bus from Mexico City Norte bus station to San Cristobal for approximately 860 peso, but only if you book your ticket online on the ADO website at least 1 day in advance. You can choose to pay for your reservation at Ahorro Pharmacia via the PAYNET system. Once your payment is done, there you will receive your ticket via your registered email. There are also other payment options available. There is a "new" road to San Cristóbal and it takes about 35 minutes to get from Tuxtla Gutierrez to San Cristóbal and is not so vertiginous as the old road. There is also a new an '''airport''' that is one hour 15 minutes from San Cristóbal and as of spring, 2014, the fare for a ''taxi'' is 700 pesos per taxi to San Cristóbal and 250 pesos to Tuxtla Gutierrez, or a shuttle service offering door-to-door service for 170 200 pesos to/from San Cristóbal. From Tuxtla one can take an '''"Omnibus"''' that leaves every 20 minutes to San Cristóbal for about 40 pesos. There are many other public transportation modes from Tuxtla to San Cristóbal: taxi colectivo, autobus, and collective suburbans. The taxi drivers all know where these are located.
==Get around==
Most all restaurants serve filtered water. The local drink here is "posh" or ''pox''. It is a hard liquor made from cane and has been used traditionally for healing and partying. It is frequently served in ''ponche'' -- a pineapple or fruit hot punch with a special bread broken into it.
 
*'''Perfidia''' [http://www.perfidia.com.mx], María Adelina Flores and Cristóbal Colón, ''3 blocks east from the cathedral''. A good space to relax and listen to great music, get the party started with a few tequilas, mojitos, or other cocktails, or visit a local art exhibition with a diverse mix of people who live in San Cristóbal. It's the best spot for tourists to really interact with locals and the many people from all over the world who have come to San Cristóbal and decided to stay. The bar occupies a beautiful old house, which is registered as a historical landmark, with three different rooms, each with a different feel and decorated with elaborate stencils by a local artist, and a garden patio (which is beautiful at night). Perfidia has many great specials, including pitchers of Mexican beer for only 50 pesos and 2-for-1 drink specials until 9 o'clock, way past normal happy hour, free live music and exhibitions, and very cheap, gourmet Mexican bocadillos (snacks). In April 2008, Perfidia will start salsa lessons with a very popular teacher (from when the space used to be called La Pera). And on May 31, 2008, Perfidia will feature the gallery opening "Intercambio Frontal.
*''' La Paloma restaurant''' on the walking street. Has nightly music and is a nice place for the older set especially.
===Budget===
* <sleep name="Nordiko Hostel" alt="" address="Av Insurgentes 39A" directions="From the ADO bus station, walk up Av Insurgentes until you reach Av Julio M Corzo. You should be able to see Nordiko on the left hand side (GPS 16.7333556,-92.6370839)" phone="01 9676316366 or 044 9671383190" url="" checkin="from 1230-2359 hours" checkout="until 1200 hours" price="Dorms M$140" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">Great location, just a few minutes walk to central San Cristobal, WIFI, kitchen, lounge, terrace, hot water, dorms and private rooms. Modern and clean and the staff is super friendly and helpful. Free breakfast is included.</sleep>
 
*'''La Garita Cabanas '''Address: Calzada de la Quinta 82, La Garita, 29230. Phone: 01 967 114 0700 Location: La Garita is a local (not touristic at all) and quiet north district of San Cris. It is 15 minutes by walk or 5 minutes by $6 colectivo from the center. Services: Common kitchen and hot water between 8-11am. Cheapest price: $150 for a two person chalet. La Garita Cabanas is the perfect place where to stay if you like nature and relax. It has the best view over the town where you can admire charming sunrise and sunset.
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==Get out==
Most colectivos depart next to or opporiste the ADO bus terminal. A colectivo to Tuxtla costs approximately $50,-. There is no direct colectivo to Chiapa de Corzo, instead you take one to Tuxtla, the driver will drop you off at the junction to Chiapa. From there you can take a local colectivo downtown, or walk. TAOSA Transport run collectivos to Comitan for MX$60. They are located opposite the ADO station on the other side of the main road (GPS 16.729435, -92.637375) If you are travelling to Guatemala via La Mesilla, you have three ways to do it. Either you take the ADO bus for MX$170 which will take you to Ciduad Cuauhtémoc, and from there, take an orange shared taxi for MX$10 to the actual border. The other alternative is to take a TAOSA collectivo to Comitan for MX$60 and from Comitan a collectivo to Ciduad Cuauhtémoc for MX$60, then a shared taxi for MX$10 to the border. Lastly and the most expensive option is to pay a tour guide operator in San Cristobal to take you across the border to Panajachel for example, for approx MX$700. Please note, that on the Guatemala side of La Mesilla you can get a chicken bus (Camioneta) to HueHuetenango for Q20 (MX$49) and from HueHuetenango (pronounced whey whey) to other areas including La Cuchilla where you get off and take another collectivo to Panajachel. Using this last transport you could probably do the trip from SC to Panajachel for about MX$200. However due to the distance you may need to stay 1 night in either HueHuetenango or Quetzaltenago (pronounced Sheyla). '''IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING EXIT TO GUATEMALA''' You will have to pay MX$558 exit tax at the La Mesilla border AND as of March/April 2019 a new rule has been enforced that requires the payment of MX$558 entry tax if coming from Guatemala. Yes, you now have pay to exit and enter Mexico. When entering across the La Mesilla border the Mexican Immigration will give you a form and make a payment at the bank next to the INM office. This is not a scam. It is now law. As for whether you can avoid the exit tax by presenting the INM Official with a copy of your itemized plane ticket that clearly shows the itemizes costs including the tax, however they may ignore this and still force you to pay.  A tour to two of the '''local indigenous villages''', [[San Juan Chamula]] and Zinacantan is found at 9:30AM at the plaza in front of the cathedral, next to the Zocalo. Alex Cesar and Raul are always there and everyone who appears is accommodated. They speak many languages and this visit really needs a guide, so you understand the interesting things you will observe. They supply transportation and entrance fees. The tour returns around 2:30PM (lunch time in Mexico). In the spring of 20072019, this tour cost 180 250 pesos ($16 US). Note: Alex and Raul went their separate ways at the end of 2007 and Raul now works with an English-speaking guide called Caesar [www.alexyraultours.wordpress.com].  Alex has set up a tour company called '''Cielo y Tierra Tours''' that offers private tours to Chamula and Zinacantan as well as several of the other more remote Maya villages, including Tenejapa, San Andres Larrainzar and San Pedro Chenalho. There's information about all their tours on their website. Private tour for two costs $750 MXN (pesos) per person. [http://www.cieloytierratours.com] [Cielo y Tierra Tours does not operate anymore].
*'''El Arcotete''' - The Arcotete is one of San Cristóbal´s best kept secrets. Similar to Rancho Nuevo but much nicer and closer to San Cristóbal, located about 5-10km from the City in the direction of Tenejapa (signs are well placed to find El Arcotete). 10 pesos per vehicle. Recently remodeled into a park offering nice walking grounds surrounded by Pine trees, picnic areas, and nice look out vantage points. A great day trip to spend a couple of hours or the whole day enjoying a picnic or a pickup soccer game. It costs 5 pesos to enter the part of (Las Grutas) The Caves. El Arcotete will provide a wonderful experience enjoying Natures work at best. Check it out for yourself.
*[http://www.orchidsmexico.com/ '''Orquideas Moxviquil'''] - Periferico Norte #4 Barrio Ojo de Agua, San Cristobal de las Casas. 9 till 16.00 daily. 6785727. A beautiful botanical garden 1.5 kilometers from the town center. For a small entrance fee one can enjoy over 400 species of native plants all that have been rescued by the founder Cisco. In 1994 Cisco began a campaign to rescue a few of the discarded plants that he found on his wanderings through Chiapas. The collection has now grown to over 20,000 rescued plants, all from the forests of Chiapas. The grounds have beautiful areas to rest and meditate, large bodies of water and wetlands, walking trails, a growing collection of sculptural art and two beautifully designed greenhouses to highlight plants. 1. from the "Tierra Caliente" and 2. plants from the Lagos de Montebello. Be sure to bring a camera. Come and enjoy!
*'''El Chiflón''' - El Chiflón is a series of waterfalls and pools reminiscent of Agua Azul or Semuc Shampey a few hours from San Cristóbal. To get there, take a bus or van to Comitán (1.5 hours, 40 60 pesos), and another van heading to Socol or Tuxtla and ask to be let off at the entrance to El Chiflón (40 minutes, 25 35 pesos) - it's just 1km from the road to the entrance. 30 pesos to get in, it includes a small museum explaining the formation of the river, a space to see iguanas, campsite, and some amazing vivid blue pools to bathe in. The trail itself is fairly short, a little less than 1.5km, but at the end you have an amazing view of a huge waterfall, Velo de la Novia, which definitely makes it worth your while. There are some small ziplines across the river as well, but the place has a much less touristy feel than Agua Azul, mostly it's frequented by Mexican families. Tours of el Chiflón cost 350 pesos (July 2013) and include the Lagos de Montebello.
*[[Laguna Miramar]] - Visit one of the most beautiful lakes in the Lacantun Jungle in the south of Chiapas. Visiting Laguna Miramar requires planning and organization. It is inside Zapatista territory. Do not attempt to go there without a guide. Do bring everything you will need, there is nothing to buy there.
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