Our stylist from Las Bayadas just came back from a little trip to Chiapas after busy holiday season back in Sayulita. The colorful houses, friendly people, beautiful landscapes are perfect environment to relax and find inspiration for her future projects and for Las Bayadas. If you are interested of traveling to Mexico, we would strongly recommend to consider Chiapas to be part of you plans and especially San Cristobal de las Casas and the surroundings.
City of San Cristobal de las Casas
Beautiful. Historical. Inspiring. San Cristobal is one of the most well-preserved colonial towns in Mexico. The town is divided on barrios which all have its own function as carpentry, crafts, iron work etc. You can get everywhere by walking, which is the best way to get the feeling of the town and see the local lifestyle. People are super friendly and if you know little Spanish, you will easily find yourself engaged to an interesting conversation about the history of the state of Chiapas. Actually many indigenous people of Chiapas speak still their own language (addition to Spanish) and it is not uncommon to see them in San Cristobal selling their crafts or shopping ingredients to take back to their villages nearby.
When in San Cristobal you should check out Maya Medicine Museum, which have all the information available in Spanish and English. San Christobal’s churches are also facinating and they offer you an amazing views of the city and the mountains which surround the town.
Important part of Mexican heritage to the world, especially from Chiapas in cacao. The Kakaw museum will explain the history of cocoa in the region and provides evidence that the Mesoamericans were the first people to use and consume cocoa. Their offer different workshops and field trips which are excellent way to get known to the traditional way of producing cocoa.
Mayan villages around San Cristobal de las Casas
While you are visiting the town, you should make time to visit the Mayan villages located on the surrounding mountains. The most famous are San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan, but if you want to go somewhere with less tourist head to Tenejapa or San Andres Larrainzar. Easiest way to get to the villages is book a day tour from one of the agencies in town, which normally includes a guide. Try to visit the villages is during the weekly markets or during the festivals to get the most out of the trip.
Place to stay:
We love NUIK B&B: https://www.facebook.com/nuikbb/
If you long for something very special, try out B¨O: http://www.hotelbo.mx/
When travelling with family or group of friends, La Casa de Corazones is place to consider: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/7998128
Places to eat:
Oh La La! Pastelería Real de Guadalupe and El Horno Mágico
Delicious French bakeries and bread
Típica – Mexican
Fresh and colorful Mexican food, with modern approach!
Calle Real de Guadalupe
For sure the best quesadillas you have ever tasted!
Super good Thai food.
Madame Do Re
Italian restaurant with handmade pasta.
Want to have a fancy night? LUM is perfect for that!