San Cristobal de Las Casas was one of the first towns founded in the Americas during the colony. Founded by Captain Diego de Mazariegos in 1528 it remainded the capital of the province of Chiapa until 1892 when Tuxtla Gutierrez became e the capital. Currently, San Cristobal is one of the most important and beautiful colonial cities of Mexico because of its wide variety of ethnic groups, traditions and colonial architecture, which has been preserved over the centuries. It is considered the cultural capital because of the great coexistence of different cultural expressions, both regional and international.
Among the sights to visit around San Cristobal there are : San Juan Chamula (indigenous culture) 10 km (15 minutes) , San Lorenzo Zinacantan (indigenous culture) 12 km (15 minutes), Amatenango del Valle (crafts in clay ) 20 km (35 min), Chiapa de Corzo and Sumidero Canyon (colonial city and natural wonder) 37 km (45 minutes), Comitán de Dominguez (colonial city) 83 km (2 hrs), the Chiflón waterfalls, 113 km (2.30 hrs), Agua Azul Waterfalls 127 km (4 hrs), Lagos de Montebello, 144 km (3 hrs), Misol -Ha 167 km (4.30 hrs) and Palenque (UNESCO World Heritage Site) 191 km (about 5 hrs).