Luxury holidays in San Cristóbal de Las Casas

Cradled in the Chiapas Mayan mountains, the southeastern city of San Cristóbal is coloured by quaint cobbled streets, bright-bricked buildings, and food-filled markets. As Chiapas’s cultural capital, San Cristóbal has earned Mexico’s prestigious ‘Pueblo Mágico’ moniker – awarded to the country’s best-kept communities – for its unspoilt 16th-century architecture, vibrant churches, and balanced blend of modernity and indigenous-inspired customs. Walk the mazed stucco-walled streets to the Santo Domingo craft market, where you’ll find hand-stitched skirts and locally crafted amber jewellery before popping next door to the honey-toned Iglesia de Santo Domingo – one of the region’s characteristically colourful churches.

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When to go

Visit in March, April, or May for the best chance of (pleasant) sunshine. Please note that San Cristobal sits 2,200 metres above sea level, meaning altitude sickness is a possibility – especially if you’re travelling with little Smiths.

Getting there

  • Planes

    Fly into Tuxtla Gutiérrez Airport and hop in a cab for an hour-and-a-half journey through the Chiapan countryside to San Cristóbal; or you can pick up a rental at the airport and drive yourself up to the region’s hilltop city.
  • Automobiles

    Rent a car from Tuxtla airport and experience life as a local behind the wheel; although be aware that automatic cars are tough to find in Chiapas, so leave self-drivers behind and hone your gear-stick skills in advance.