San Cristobal de las Casas, History,Chiapas Mexico
San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas,
Mexico provides a Travel hub and Lodging for those Visiting Nearby Ruins of Palenque Tonina, Bonampak and other Mayan Archaeological Sites,
Bus Service and Hotels are plentiful.
San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico is a hub for travel to the ruins and for trips to pacific coast Chiapas and Guatemala.
Mayan people, residents of the area for Two thousand years, still live and farm the hills and speak their Tzotzil and Tzeltal languages, a variant of Zoque and one of dozens of dialects of the ancient languages.
San Cristobal de las Casas captured worldwide attention in 1994 when a revolutionary army called The Zapatista Army of National Liberation captured the city and opposed the Mexican Government. The two sides reached an uneasy truce by 1996 and although the movement continues, the area is now relatively safe for tourists.
16.75 N 92.63 W
San Cristobal de las Casas is the third largest city in Mexico's southern most state of Chiapas. The city of 143,000 occupies a ridge at 6900 feet elevation and is a gateway to the Mayan ruins of Palenque, Bonampak, Tonina, and Yaxchilan in the Usamacinta river drainage to the east.
The Spanish Conquistadors and colonizers settled in the mountains around present day San cristobal de las Casas in 1528 and started building the city, first called Villareal de Chiapas de los Espanoles. They defeated among others, the indigenous Chiapencos, the culture that gave the State of Chiapas its name.
The city underwent many name changes to finally, in 1848, become San Cristobal de las Casas, a combination of St Christopher and the first bishop of Chiapas and champion of indigenous rights, Bartolome de las Casas. Two older names for the city linger: Jovel and Hueyzacatlan.
San Cristobal de las Casas was once home to Frans Blom, one of the first archaeologists to investigate at Palenque.
His former house is now a museum and inn for visitors
San Cristobal de las Casas was once home to archaeologist Frans Blom and his wife Gertrude Duby Blom.
They met and married in San Cristobal and spent their lives trying to document and protect two indigenous cultures and the forests that were home to the native people.
Nearby Chamula and Zinacantan, indigenous villages of the Tzotzil Mayan people, are popular day trips from San Cristobal because of their colorful hand-made textiles and ancient customs and festivals.
Mayan Ruins Trips
ADO Buses make the trip to Ocosingo for trips to the Mayan ruin of Tonina, and to the city of Palenque for trips to Agua Azul and to the ruins of Palenque, Bonampak, and The Frontera where boats ferry visitors to the ruin of Yaxchilan.
San Cristobal de las Casas is a stop for travelers to the ruins of Bonampak, Yaxchilan and Palenque.
Travelers going towards the Pacific coast can visit the Soconusco /Olmec ruins of Izapa and the museum at Tapachula
San Cristobal de las Casas History in Chiapas Mexico has been one of a travel trvel hub for explorers to the Mayan ruins of Tonina, Palenque, Bonampk, and Yaxchilan.
The colonial city offers good hotels, budget lodging, and transportation.