San Cristóbal is a stunning colonial community of stucco white wall surfaces and also red-tile roof coverings, of cobblestone roads as well as narrow alley like sidewalks, of elegant arcades and also open plazas. It hinges on an environment-friendly valley 2,100 m (approx 7,000 ft.) high. The city takes a part of its name from the cleric, going back as far as the 16th century, Bartolome de las Casas, the town's initial bishop and also invested his life waging a political war to secure the native peoples of the Americas.
A number of native villages exist available of San Cristobal De Las Casas by roadway: Chamula, with its weavers and unorthodox church; Zinacantán, whose homeowners exercise their own syncretic religious beliefs; San Andrés, Tenejapa and also Magdalena, recognised for textiles. Amatenango del Valle is a community of potters; as well as Aguacatenango, understood for embroidery. The majority of these "towns" contain bit more than a church as well as the municipal government building, with houses scattered for miles around as well as a basic event only for church as well as market days (usually Sunlight).
Surrounding the city are numerous towns of Mayan-speaking natives who present terrific variety in their language, outfit, and custom-mades, making this location among one of the most ethnically varied in Mexico. San Cristobal is the primary market town for the natives, as well as their factor of contact with the outdoors. The majority of them travel down from the surrounding hills to sell items and also run tasks.
Numerous natives now live on the outskirts of town because they have actually been eliminated from their towns over religious differences. They are referred to as los expulsados. Not associated with farming, they make their living in commerce and handicrafts. A lot of still put on standard outfit, but they have actually taken on Protestant religions that stop them from taking part in much of their community's public and also religious celebrations.
You may see or hear words Jovel, San Cristóbal's native name, incorporated typically in the names of businesses. You may hear the phrase coleto, used in reference to somebody or something from within San Cristóbal. You'll see tamales coletos signs, pan coleto, and also desayuno coleto (Cristóbal morning meal).