It’s no secret that Mexico has a really particular place in my coronary heart, I’ve visited the gorgeous nation 14 occasions in my life and each time I depart I do know it gained’t be the final. In September of this yr I flew again out to this a part of the world to tick a couple of extra locations off my ‘Mexico should see’ record. In fact I went again to Cancun for previous occasions sake, however after I flew to a spot referred to as Chiapas, house of the beautiful little city referred to as San Cristobal De Las Casas, then Mexico Metropolis and eventually Los Cabos, however extra on these locations later, for now in case you’re planning a visit to San Cristobal then this publish is for you! Be sure you bookmark or pin it for future reference.
San Cris is what they check with as a ‘magic city’ in Mexico. In case you haven’t heard of those magic cities, they principally imply a Mexican village/city that’s cultural, historic or pure treasures are exceptionally particular to Mexico’s heritage and I can see why San Cristobal is on the listing! With it’s cobbled streets, markets and vibrant buildings this place is a treasure all in it’s self! What makes the place so fascinating is it nonetheless has every part trendy like banks, espresso outlets, supermarkets (even burger king) however you wouldn’t have a clue from the surface as a result of all the buildings stay conventional and ‘typical’ to the aesthetic of the city! Even their branding/indicators have to stick to a sure sort of look! Cool proper? Anyway, let’s crack on with every part we did and what we might advocate whereas visiting we could?
First issues first there are Three primary streets in San Cris they usually’re all the time clearly marked on any maps with a dashed line, we discovered it useful to make use of the maps.me app (obtain the map when you have wifi) after which use that that will help you get round. To be trustworthy, you don’t actually need the maps, as soon as you recognize the place the primary sq. is from there there are the three essential streets that you simply’re going to need to discover! Ensure you pack snug footwear since you’re going to be doing a variety of strolling! The primary factor to do in San Cris is to actually stroll round and discover the streets and take within the brilliant and daring buildings and eat the normal meals!
Two church buildings sit on every fringe of the city ,each providing nice views of all the place! We climbed to the highest of the steps resulting in the church ‘ Iglesia de Guadalupe’ and weren’t disenchanted as soon as we reached the gorgeous constructing! We have been greeted by a shiny yellow and white church and an amazing sight of your complete city and we additionally handed loads of vibrant buildings on the road main up thus far too. I might actually advocate you’re taking the stroll and head as much as this viewpoint however I wouldn’t recommend doing it at night time time because it’s rumoured to be somewhat unsafe on this space after darkish. It’s value noting that we felt utterly protected in the midst of the day although! The church on the different finish of the city is known as ‘Iglesia de San Cristobal de las Casas’, we didn’t make it to this one however heard nice issues too!
Within the coronary heart of this city is San Cristobal Catedral, it’s brilliant yellow and you actually can’t miss it! It’s positioned proper in the midst of a big plaza too which is all the time busy and vigorous, undoubtedly value heading right here to soak within the environment and seize your self some nice road meals too!
You’ll additionally need to go to the primary market while in San Cris, there are a number of ‘mini markets’ if you’ll, dotted across the place however the most effective one is situated proper on the finish of the primary road referred to as ’20 de Noviembre’, simply hold strolling and also you’ll ultimately see the doorway to it beneath white market covers! It’s full to brim of extremely lovely handmade treasures and it’s ridiculously low cost! Every thing you’ll discover on this market is so a lot better than your typical commonplace souvenirs, we purchased hand embroidered cushion covers, handmade earrings, woven blankets and even a hammock chair from right here (and consider me we might have purchased WAY extra if our baggage would have allowed it!)
We stayed on the most lovely Air B&B referred to as La Casa De Colour actually which means the home of color and it didn’t disappoint! We had the whole place to ourselves and our hosts Mai and Luis even baked us a bunch of hand-crafted treats for our arrival! This lodging is lower than a 10 minutes stroll away from the primary sq. of San Cris the place all of the streets meet which was good for us and we felt utterly protected there. Don’t even get me began on how fairly this place was! Filled with conventional decorations, purple beams, vibrant partitions and furnishings plus loads of papel picado! We have been clearly in a rainbow heaven! When you’d moderately keep in a hostel then we walked previous loads of locations that we thought appeared actually cool! I do know Snail is seemingly highly regarded!
Being vegan I did ponder whether we have been going to wrestle to seek out place to eat in San Cristobal however that was not the case in any respect! There have been loads of vegetarian/vegan eating places and any eating places that weren’t plant based mostly have been greater than accommodating to us and there was all the time an choice or two already on the menu that we might eat! Right here have been our favourites of the journey…
A scrumptious Thai place nestled in a very cute constructing filled with eating places! It was notably fairly in right here within the night! We had the hoisin prawn noodles (minus the prawns! “Sin langostinos” in spanish) and the vegetable spring rolls. It was all completely scrumptious and I extremely advocate their strawberry mojito cocktails too!
La Casa del Pan Papalotl
For brunch we ate at La Casa del Pan, purely as a result of we had strolled previous it the day earlier than they usually had an indication saying vegan and vegetarian choices so we thought we might test it out! I couldn’t resist the guacamole as per standard with anywhere I eat at haha after which me and my sister each had the veggie burger which was nice too!
This place was so lovely and is conveniently situated simply down the road from the well-known Guadalupe church, we weren’t that hungry on the time we arrived and simply needed someplace to cease for a drink they usually kindly provided us their totally different pure fruit juices to attempt (all have been so yum!), we additionally had a few scrumptious mochas right here and sat taking within the fairly backyard environment and watching their resident hummingbird simply fly round testing all of the flowers! It was pretty.
Ooh La La
Should you’re after an excellent cup of espresso and a pleasant dessert, pastry or cake then you definitely’ll need to go to Ooh La La! The desserts and puddings seemed actually fancy and we beloved the music on this place too! This was in the identical constructing as Bangcook I simply talked about.
This isn’t simply conventional to San Cristobal however for those who’re questioning across the streets of right here or anyplace and see an indication for esquite then be sure to head on over and get your self a cup of this scrumptious Mexican road meals! It’s principally cooked sweetcorn with spices and lime juice (there’s cheese too which we simply unnoticed). It’s my new favorite Mexican snack. (Nicely tied with guacamole in fact!)
One other conventional drink it is best to attempt in San Cris is a drink referred to as ‘Posh’ or ‘Pox’. It’s a ‘maya beverage that warms and caresses the guts’, it’s principally product of corn and is available in a bunch of flavours! t’s not a drink that you simply’ll discover simply outdoors of Chiapas so it’s definitely particular to this place, it’s a must to attempt it! Don’t shot this like tequilla, you’re imagined to sip it and benefit from the style…though I simply couldn’t benefit from the style of the normal model, it was warming my throat greater than my coronary heart to be trustworthy! The banana flavour was good although! We sampled this at a cute little place referred to as La Posheria.
Should you occur to be heading to San Cris in September then you’ll not need to miss the road pageant that marks Autumn Equinox! This was an entire accident that we have been right here on today (This yr it was on 22nd September 2018) however it was the BEST, MOST BIZARRE, RANDOM day ever and turned out to be one among our favorite days of our whole journey in Mexico! We didn’t even realise this pageant was occurring till we have been having brunch in a restaurant and heard all of this noise and music outdoors, we then strolled outdoors and was actually greeted by tons of of individuals dressed as monsters, film characters, celebrities and extra simply dancing down the streets!
We determined to get ourselves a great spot on the aspect of the road the place everybody else was stood watching the parade nevertheless it wasn’t lengthy till we have been dragged into the parade ourselves to bop round with these loopy characters to the music blasting out of the floats! It was completely hilarious, my sister even obtained to attempt on one of many large costumes herself! ha!
- One factor that you will notice plenty of on the streets of San Cristobal is youngsters begging, working and making an attempt to promote you issues. An area pal of ours advisable that we don’t give them cash, he defined that usually the mother and father don’t work they usually simply ship the youngsters out onto the streets to get cash and for those who actually need to assist the youngsters then one of the best factor you are able to do is purchase them some meals as an alternative or give them garments, and so on
- San Cristobal is protected so long as you keep within the really helpful areas (Like I discussed earlier don’t stray too removed from the primary streets) however that being stated simply watch out, we went in fairly off-season and we did really feel fairly ‘checked out’ at occasions, individuals undoubtedly observed us as vacationers however in all honesty at no level did we really feel unsafe!
- Take a jacket or jumper for the night, due to the excessive altitude of this place it may possibly get a bit chilly at night time!
- In case you’re planning a visit right here I really feel like you possibly can see all the things that you must in 2-Three days, apart from that there are some superb journeys that depart from right here to see some epic waterfalls! We didn’t get probability to go to them this time however they appeared unimaginable.