San Cristobal de las Casas is one of Mexico’s oldest post-colonial cities, located 37 miles east of the state capital, Tuxtla Gutierrez, in the heart of the Chiapas highlands. Established as a settlement in 1528 by Spanish Conquistador Diego de Mazariegos, this city continues to be home to an ethnically diverse population, whose cultures and arts have been preserved. This cultural richness has attracted a number of foreigners who now call San Cristobal home.
The city’s main appeal lies in its diverse architecture and plazas. Peppered with unique examples of Mudejar, Baroque and Neoclassical architecture, this unique town has been granted the status of Pueblo Magico (Magical Town) due to its history and culture. Other beautiful sites in the city include the Main Plaza, with its 20th century gazebo, and the San Cristobal Cathedral, whose construction began in 1528. The city’s most notable museum, the Na Bolom Museum, houses a splendid collection of photographs, artisan crafts, archaeological artifacts and anthropological relics from the regions deeply rooted indigenous past.
One of the city’s convention centers, the Casa Mazariegos, is perhaps one of Mexico’s most original. Renovated in 2002, it is located in Diego de Mazariegos’ 16th Century house and has been the site of social and cultural events, business meetings, as well as academic and scientific conferences. This convention center can host up to 500 participants classroom style, and has a total of 6,917 square feet of event space, housed in a traditional Chiapaneca Vice Regal architectural style.
San Cristobal’s other unique venues include the El Carmen Convention Center, two theaters, the law school auditorium, the city’s two cultural centers, the Fine Arts hall, the Amber Museum and a park surrounded with arches.
The Hotel Villa Mercedes is another great options for events and meetings offering 67 guest rooms, and 6 different meeting and banquet rooms. With a combined events space totaling 5,060 square feet, the Villa Mercedes´ hosting capacity ranges from 10 to 600 people.
To get to San Cristobal by plane, one flies into the Angel Albino Corzo International Airport (TGZ) located in Chiapa de Corzo, 43 miles from San Cristobal. The airport has direct flights from Houston, Monterrey, Guadalajara, Mexico City and Tapachula. The city is also accessible by car or bus via Mexico’s well-maintained highway system. OCC, ADO, Aexa and Omnibus are all bus companies with service to and from San Cristobal.