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San Cristobal de Las Casas Travel Blog

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Military check point
This is Chiapas, this is Mexico!
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.
Cathedral
Beautiful colonial city, sure, but nothing more. In San Cristobal there is a very nice bar, right in the middle of the main square, where if you sit to drink something, sure you will have the opportunity to talk with local people. And this is very interesting; if you consider that in San Cristobal varius ethnic groups coexist, you can imagine how many wonderful experiences, legends and stories you can catch. Not so much to visit but a very rich human heritage! You can spend day and night listening to those people tell their life stories.
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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Military check point
Military check point
Cathedral
Cathedral
San Cristobal
San Cristobal