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San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico has long provided a Travel hub for those visiting the
Nearby Ruins of Palenque Tonina, Bonampak and other Mayan Archaeological Sites, Bus Service and
Hotels are plentiful .
de las Casas,
Mexico is a hub
for travel to the
ruins and for
San Cristobal de las Casas captured worldwide attention
on 1994 when a revolutionary army called The Zapatista
Army of National Liberation captured the city and
opposed the Mexican Government. The two sides
reached an uneasy truce by 1996 and although the
movement continues, the area is now relatively safe for
Nearby Chamula and Zinacantan, indigenous villages of
the Tzotzil Mayan people, are popular day trips from San
Cristobal because of their colorful hand-made textiles and
ancient customs and festivals.
San Cristobal is in Mexico's southern most state of Chiapas. The city of
143,000 occupies San Cristobal de las Casas is the third largest city in
Mexico's a ridge at 6900 feet elevation and is a travel gateway to the Mayan
ruins of Palenque, Bonampak, Tonina, and Yaxchilan in the Usumacinta River
drainage to the east.
To the southwest transportation goes to the pacific coast Soconusco Culture
ruins of Izapa, the museum at Tapachula, and the border with Guatemala
First class buses
Tour agencies located in the town of Palenque also run guided trips.
Immigration authorities are active on the road that borders Guatemala looking for illegals that cross from
Guatemala. It is best to have a passport and copy of your Mexican visa.
Bonampak Ruin Site, is an abandoned stone city built by the Mayans between the 5th and 10th
centuries AD near the Usamacinta River and the border with Guatemala in Mexico's southern most State of
Bonampak was once an important Mayan political center allied with nearby Yaxchilan. The Mayan
inhabitants abandoned the city around 1000 AD.
From the city of Palenque, collectivos and tour buses make the two and a half hour trip to Bonampak and
Yaxchilan. Tours also leave Palenque and follow a different road for the cascades of Agua Azule and
for San Cristobal de las Casas. On that road, half way between Palenque and San Cristobal, the Mayan
Ruin of Tonina can be reached from the town of Ocosingo which also has an ADO terminal.
San Cristobal de las Casas has
long been a gateway to the
ancient Mayan sites.
Archaeologist Frans Blom
made his home in the city while
investigating at Palenque.
The house he and his wife lived
in is now museum and guest
house for visitors
ADO Bus service reaches
san Cristobal from many city's
including Mexico's Tapa
terminal and Norte
Mayan Ruins Trips
ADO Buses make
the trip to Ocosingo
for trips to the
Mayan ruin of
Tonina, and to the
city of Palenque for
trips to Agua Azul
and to the ruins of
Bonampak, and The
boats ferry visitors to
the ruin of Yaxchilan.
ADO runs first class service from San Cristobal de las Casas
to Ocosingo for the ruins of Tonina and to Palenque
Transportation to Other Mayan Ruin Sites from Palenque.
Once you reach Palenque you can find two outfits that run no frills
collectivos (60 Pesos) from the city of Palenque to the Mayan Site of
Yaxchilan in the Frontera and to Mayan Bonampak: The transportation
companies Chambalu and Chamoan are located in the city.. A
terminal is located near the Cabeza Maya sculpture, just down the hill
and to the right side of the road towards the ruin of Palenque you can
find their terminal.
Inquire at the Tourist Center ( Palenque Modelo de informacion
touristica) on Avenue Juarez at the Plaza of Artisans in Palenque's
Transportes Chamoan has an office nearby on Ave Miguel Hidalgo.
Most of the collectivos round the Cabeza Maya, a handy place to catch a
ride to the ruins. They also stop at the gas station just after the monument
Madre Chol on the road to Agua Azule.
(The road between San Cristobal and Palenque.)
The Colonial style
buildings in the
San Cristobal de
las Casas make
sight when lit at
San Cristobal de las Casas Transportation in Chiapas, Mexico is
offered by ADO bus service which runs ADO and OCC buses to
Oaxaca, Palenque, Tapachula and to Merida.
San Cristobal de las Casas Transportation