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San Cristobal - is it worth the time?

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San Cristobal - is it worth the time?


I will traveling to Palenque at the end of November en route to Veracruz. Since my time is slightly limited, I have a dilemma - is it worth checking San Cristobal or better to head to Veracruz directly?

If in San Cristobal, how many days would you recommend to stay?



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1. Re: San Cristobal - is it worth the time?

We spent 5 nights in SC in early 2007. We loved it! It's a beautiful, interesting area of Mexico. We wanted to go there years ago, but kept putting it off for 1 reason or another - glad we finally made it. So yes, it's definitely worth visiting!

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just got back from Mexico, spent about 3 days in SC..loved it, wish I could've stayed longer, it's a really nice colonial town, also, LOTS of tourists.


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We just returned from Mexico and Guatemala...San Cristobal was very nice but it was VERY full of tourists. Hardly any Americans, mainly 20-something backpacking, "hippie" types...lots of Israelis and Dutch. But all were very nice people. Prices were higher than we expected them to be. But there is a GREAT market where all the locals shop up over the hill, near the collectivo station. Fresh food and really cheap!

About SCdelasC, my husband and I liked it a lot, but I can say that after 5 days there our teen (16) daughter was bored. We did do countryside excursions--Chamula, Zinacantan, horseback riding--but the city itself wasn't very stimulating for her. We were okay with it.

Just an aside, our daughter LOVED Panajachel, Guatemala which was way smaller than SCdelasC. Go figure.

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