Mar 14, 2006, 6:28 PM
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We are leaving San Cristobal de las Casas tomorrow after a month here. We ended up overstaying by a couple of weeks because of van problems. The van finally seems to be running well, but I’m very sad to be going. It is truly a lovely city, and it grew on me by the day.
Like many posters on this forum, we too are looking for the right place in Mexico to plop ourselves down in for awhile. There are so many great places to choose from. However, I don’t see San Cristobal often on anyone’s list, and I’m puzzled. The city is beautiful and clean (as is the air), it gets enough rain here to keep the region fairly green, even in the winter, and the climate (at least this time of year) is about as perfect as you can get. Housing prices are like San Miguel de Allende’s in the 1980’s. I realize it is rather far from NOB, but the worst part of the driving distance is from Tuxtla Gutierrez to San Cristobal. It is a white knuckle road. The new cuota will be finished some day, so that will improve the access. It also has a bit of a smaller town atmosphere - not quite the offerings you would find in a larger urban area or in a spot like SMA. Perhaps the political situation scared people, although as far as I can tell, that is overblown. There are a lot of things to see in Chiapas, including beautiful lakes and waterfalls, jungles, and ruins such as Palenque and Tonina.
BTW, for anyone planning a visit, I would highly recommend the B&B we stayed in: Casa Na’ima run by Bruno Morales. Alternatively, try Bela’s B&B. Bruno and Bela are friends, and both were extremely helpful on our car problems. See www.casanaima.com Bruno is also a good cook and a fine masseuse. Information on Bela’s can be found at http://innlog.com/lodging/MEX/13391.html
For photos, see www.bestofmex2006.shutterfly.com Scroll down to the second album, which is Chiapas
Jane W, http://gringodog.home.comcast.net