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San Cristobal

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. First, established as a settlement in 1528 by the Spanish conqueror Diego de Mazariegos, this city continues to be home to an ethnically diverse population, whose cultures and arts still prevail. This cultural richness attracts a great number of foreigners each year who now call San Cristobal their second home.

The city’s main attraction is its diverse architecture and plazas, examples of Mudejar, Baroque and Neoclassical architecture can be found in the city. San Cristobal de las Casas has been granted the status of Pueblo Magico (Magical Town) due to its history and culture. Some other beautiful sites to visit are 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 venues and has been the site of social and cultural events, business meetings, as well as academic and scientific conferences such as the World Travel Adventrue Summit in 2011. The convention center can host up to 500 participants classroom style, and has a total of 9,309 square feet of event space, housed in a traditional Chiapaneca Vice Regal architectural style.

San Cristobal’s other unique venues include: 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 a great option for events and meetings offering 83 guest rooms, and six different meeting and catering rooms. With a combined events space totaling 5,671 square feet, the Villa Mercedes' hosting capacity ranges from 10 to 600 persons.

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 Cristóbal.



Air Flight Connection

Flights / Month    
667 650 17
Passegers / Month    
60,319 59,714 605


Connection Cities

  • Mexico City
  • Monterrey
  • Houston
  • Guadalajara
  • Cancún



  • Interjet
  • Aeromexico
  • Viva Aerobús
  • Continental Airlines


Hotel Capability

3,900 (rooms / night)


Convention Capability (sqft)

 22,609 sqft


Venue (sqft) Rooms Website
El Carmen Convention Center 13,300 1 Session Area www.convencionescarmen.com
Casa Mazariegos Convention Center   9,309    4 Session Areas www.casamazariegos.com



CVB Contact

Name E-mail Telephone
Gastón Ramos San Millán
CVB Director
gaston@ocvchiapas.com (961) 61 40 975
Elizabeth Ruiz Pastrana
Sales & Promotion Director
lpastrana@ocvchiapas.com (961) 61 40 975




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