My Guide to San Cristobal de las Casas Mexico(Vegan Eating Options)

After spending quite a few months on Island Holbox, Mexico I was seeking a new adventure with no idea of what to do. “Go to San Cristobal, you will love it.” said my good friend. So the next day I left and took a 24 hour ADO bus from Cancun to San Cristobal (950 pesos) and arrived in this lovely city high in the mountains.

I really had no idea what to expect from San Cristobal but safe to say, its a city worth visiting full of art, textiles, mayan culture and a load of cafes with vegan food. After spending 1 month in this awesome place, these are my tips to the city.

Places to Stay

Hostel Iguana is a lovely hostel located near the main food markets. With an amazing garden and view over the mountains, its great to chill or party. They have yoga daily, a funky bar and cooked breakfast that changes everyday. Beds range from 150 to 180 depending of the seasons.
http://iguanahostel.com/

Vegan Places to Eat

San Cristobal is a vegan’s heaven, which a nice change while traveling in Mexico. While there are any endless amount of cafes, these are my top picks.

Todo Vegano
Located on the main tourist street, this place has so many vegan snacks and even sell VEGAN CHEESE to take away. Try the chicken dumplings 30 pesos and delicious.

https://www.yelp.com/biz/todo-vegano-san-crist%C3%B3bal-de-las-casas

Falafel
As the name states this places is the best town in town to get your falafel fix. Head there on a Sunday or Tuesday to get 2 for 1. A falafel wrap will sent you back about 65 pesos.

https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Restaurant_Review-g150802-d1414011-Reviews-Falafel-San_Cristobal_de_las_Casas_Southern_Mexico.html

Jardin Tonantzin


This place is next door to Todo Vegano, with quiet a few vegan options. But please do yourself a favor and have a hot chocolate with coconut milk. It is amazing. Vegan burger is also good but ask for it with no mayo!!!

https://www.facebook.com/Jardin-Tonantzin-1535575426751776/?rf=253604561508638

Cocolicie

While this restaurant its my personally they best place to eat in the city.  Their pasta is amazing but they also sell curry. You have to ask to have things made vegan. The wine list is great and vegan friendly. During weeknights, they have live music from jazz to rock. Its a lively funky place. You feel like your in funky bar in Berlin, New York or even Melbourne. 

Places to Party

Revolucion

One of the main bars/clubs to out this place is funky. Tuesday night is Salsa night so get your grove on. Upstaris is really fun also dont forget to check it out.

https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Restaurant_Review-g664450-d2139049-Reviews-Cafe_Bar_Revolucion-Chiapas_Southern_Mexico.html

La Vina De Bacco

Love this wine bar with a epic range of wines from all over the world this place is great. If you get a bottle of wine you also get free tapas. Glass of great wine start from 25 pesos.

https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Restaurant_Review-g150802-d1965913-Reviews-La_Vina_de_Bacco-San_Cristobal_de_las_Casas_Southern_Mexico.html

Places to sightsee and explore.

Free Walking Tour
There is a free walking tour that runs at 10 am and 5pm from the town center. It goes from about 4 hours and is a great way to get some knowledge of the city.

Centro De Textiles Del Mundo
Amazing place if your interested in Textiles from the local Mexicans.

https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Attraction_Review-g150802-d3857074-Reviews-Centro_de_Textiles_del_Mundo_Maya-San_Cristobal_de_las_Casas_Southern_Mexico.html

Mercado Municipal

This is the main food market in San Cris and its heaven. Local vendors sell an endless amount of fresh fruit and vegetables at prices you cant believe. Spend your time walking around. Also you can find an endless amount of beans and dry soy. If your vegan just avoid the meat section.

https://www.google.com.mx/maps/place/Mercado+%22Jos%C3%A9+Castillo+Tielemans%22/@16.7434772,-92.6369602,18z/data=!4m12!1m6!3m5!1s0x0:0xc43d0f8cdea76a99!2sIguana+Hostel!8m2!3d16.741746!4d-92.6360482!3m4!1s0x0:0x5740271d9457dc5b!8m2!3d16.7433803!4d-92.6363432

Sna Jolobil 

Great place to do some shopping for local Mexican things.
https://www.google.com.mx/maps/place/Sna+Jolobil/@16.7425011,-92.6381457,18z/data=!4m12!1m6!3m5!1s0x0:0xc43d0f8cdea76a99!2sIguana+Hostel!8m2!3d16.741746!4d-92.6360482!3m4!1s0x0:0x954a8c096d312495!8m2!3d16.742123!4d-92.6379941

Day Trips

San Cristobal is so close to many amazing national parks and adventures to explore the beauty of Chipas.

Canon Del Sumidero

This is a amazing Canon, a few hours from the city, where you can see monkeys and variety of wildlife. You can ask tour companies in the center for a tour. Its will sent you back around 200-400 pesos. The tour is worth it.

https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Attraction_Review-g664450-d1925372-Reviews-Canon_del_Sumidero-Chiapas_Southern_Mexico.html

Chiflon Falls

Another waterfall about two hours from San Cristobal, you can do a tour or get a collectivo from the ADO station. I stayed the night here and was worth it. Camping cost 30 pesos per person or cabins start from 500 pesos. There is nothing better then waking up next to these amazing waterfalls. A collective plus entrance is around 140 pesos.

https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Attraction_Review-g1732578-d4931650-Reviews-Cascada_El_Chiflon-Comitan_Southern_Mexico.html

Palenque and Aqua Azul!!!!

Many people do a few days in Palenque, however I just stayed the day there. Aqua Azul are amazing waterfalls that are clear blue and will take your breath away. Then once you get to Palenque spend your time walking around one of the biggest Mayan Ruins in the world. Its great to get a guide for the park, they are full with so much information and take you places that you cant go without it. It was 100 pesos for 14 people to do the tour in the park. However if coming from San Cristobal to Palenque its great to get a tour from the city. As you get to see two waterfalls and the park with all transport. This costs around 350 to 500 depending what company you go through compared to the ADO bus which is already starting at 320 pesos.

http://www.turismochiapas.gob.mx/sectur/palenque

Overall San Cristobal de Las Casas is a city that cant be missed in Mexico. With so much culture and things to do it is a must for everyone. Get blow away from how people from all around the world come to this charming and call it home.

If you have any questions or tips please free feel to message me.

Enjoy
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Isla Holbox-A quick guide.


If you ever get the chance visit the amazing country of Mexico, please do yourself a favor and visit the fascinating Island of Isla Holbox. The sandy white beach, radiant sunsets, friendly locals and a endless amount of natural beauty is not a place one can easily forget or even leave.

Most people, are even lucky to hear about this wonderful place. It was recommend to me by a friend while I was living in Playa Del Carmen and forever thankful will I be. There is around 1000 people that live on the Island, if you want a place to relax and chill look no further.

Location and Getting there

Isla Holbox meaning black hole in mayan is located 3 hours from Cancun via bus and ferry
on the north coast of the Yucatán Peninsula.
There are a few different ways to get to the Island, however the cheapest and most popular way is via ADO bus. Take the bus from the Cancun downtown station to Chilquila, then a ferry to the island. 
There is a daily direct bus for Chiquilá (between 3 and 3,5 hours), the closest mainland town by ferry. The bus leaves Cancun at 7:45am, 10:30am, 12:45 pm and another one at 13:45 pm. After that you can get a ferry to the Island/

Where to stay
There are a number of cute places to stay however I recommend

Tribu Hostel
This the of the only hostel on the Island, but its like no other. This place is great, with a bar open every day but Monday, even locals go here. Check the website below for more info.

http://tribuhostel.com/

Casa Las Tortugas
If you have a bit more money to spend, this also a great hotel on the beach front with a great restaurant.
http://www.holboxcasalastortugas.com/


Things to do

Whale Shark Tour
The main reason tourist come to this island is for the whale sharks from Feb to September every year, this is one of the best places in the world to go swimming with these magical creatures. A five hour tour will cost you around $100 dollars, with breakfast and lunch included. There a number of different companies on the Island just ask around for the best price.

Swim with plankton glowing the the dark

When the moon is hidden, at night almost every night you can swim with plankton that glows in the dark when you swim. See fish light up as they swim in the water and get back to nature. Dance around and watch in amazement as the water glows as you move.

Hire a golf cart and explore
There are no cars on Isla Holbox, instead people walk everywhere or you can hire a golf cart and explore different parts of the Island. Again there a number of places to hire from. Ask around the centre square if your interested.

Watch shooting stars
Every night throughout the year you can see sometimes hundreds of shooting stars and also the milky way. Grab a towel and lye on the beach around a bonfire.

Bird watching
Isla Holbox is home to hundreds of different birds from Mexico, and my favourite is the flamingos. Its not uncommon to see them flying while the sunset. Walk east down the beach to find hundreds of them in the water.

Isla Holbox is amazing for wildlife, there are also a number of great restaurants to eat at, just walk around the centre square to find what your after.

This island is so magical, after having lived here for around 4 months, its safe to say that Holbox is by far one of my favourite places in the world. There is not alot of information on this Island, so if you want advice feel free to ask.

Cheers B

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