San Cristobal de Las Casas Travel Blog› entry 5 of 12 › view all entries
May 19th, 2010 – by: tonygiglio
Chiapas was the place that intrigued me more when I planned the trip in Mexico. Because I knew it was a region dominated by wilderness and, mostly, because I wanted to verify if what I read about political and social atmopsphere were just a legend. Where better than in San Cristobal de las Casas? Were not legends! Just arriving in Chiapas by bus you realize that there is something of different in the air. On the road is easy to meet army patrols who control people and vehicles and you can see a lot of check points at many corners of the cities. The city of San Cristobal de las Casas, name in honor of the bishop Bartolomè de las Casas who fought in defense of the indigenous rights, in considered capital of the culture in Chiapas, but, I've to be honest, there's not so much to visit.
Of course you don't have to miss to visit the Cathedral and the Church of Santo Domingo.
The city is famous because in 1994 was occupied by EZLN (Ejèrcito Zapatista de Liberàcion Nacional ) in an attempt to start a new mexican revolution. Failed with hundreds of death! This, probably, is the meaning of San Cristobal today; the strong link with the Zapatista movement that you can feel in the air, although nobody can tell you. But they, zapatistas, are there, all around, hidden in the forests of the Sierra Madre mountains.
San Cristobal is the perfect starting point for exploring Zinacantan and San Juan Chamula!
So, let's go!
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