San Christobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico

San Christobal is a lovely city. The easiest way to describe it is: It’s a city with a soul! It is known for its handcraft market. You can find hammocks, wool and much more at very reasonable prices. The city is located in the central highlands of Chiapas. It is located at an elevation of approximately 2100 m. The city is named after Saint Christopher and Bartolomé de las Casas, a Spanish priest who defended the rights of indigenous Americans and was the first bishop of Chiapas. The city was the capital of the province of Chiapas and state capital from Mexican independence until 1834. In the 2005 census the city’s population was 142,364 people.

In San Christobal, you can feel the Hispanic presence, throughout the many colorful churches the city holds. In 1528, the Spanish conquistador Diego de Mazariegos along with other soldiers established the settlement of “Villareal de Chiapa de los Españoles” as a regional base after defeating the Zoques and Chiapanecos in fierce fighting.

The city’s religion is mostly Roman Catholic with many different Protestant churches.

The highlight in San Christobal is La Viña de Baco, a little wine bar that serves tapas with every purchased glass. Try the several Mexican wines; my advice would be the hot wine, the Frixenet and the Petit Sirah, 2008 L.A. Cetto. Good wine and “champagne”. Heaven, Heaven, Heaven!

Accommodation in San Christobal; Hostel Iguana; WIFI, breakfast insclueded, massages, percussion lessons, Oscar is great! 6$pp/night.

Sources: Wikipedia

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