San Cristóbal de la Casas, locally known as Jovel, was the capital of the state of Chiapas until 1892. A primarily Catholic town, the town's most important ethnic groups are the indigenous population. A mountainous town sitting in a valley, its architecture and layout is decidedly based in the Spanish colonial era. However, signs of Baroque, Neoclassical and Moorish influence as well are visible.
San Cristóbal de la Casas is a popular tourist destination, with many visitors eagerly seeking out its rich history, indigenous culture and heritage, as well as its natural wonders such as caves and rivers. The effects of mass tourism have taken their toll on the town and international influence is starting to become visible. The hills surrounding the city centre have had their native trees cut down to maintain the local industries. Smitten visitors to San Cristóbal de las Casas have migrated there and have also affected the local culture. However, this has also lead to the widening of options for tourists - they can now enjoy goods and cuisine from around the world in San Cristóbal de las Casas.
Visitors to San Cristóbal de las Casas have a wide array of shopping opportunities. San Cristóbal de las Casas is famous for its crafts, ceramics, iron, amber & jewelry found abundantly in their markets. The town also hosts the Amber Expo every year.
However, the town still manages to remain true to its roots - the local farms still rely on donkeys and horses for transporting goods. The indigenous population in San Cristóbal de las Casas is responsible for attracting many tourists.
The main airport that used to serve the city of San Cristóbal de las Casas was the San Cristóbal de las Casas National Airport but because of structural terrain failures it was closed in 2010. At present, the Ángel Albino Corzo International Airport is located in Tuxtla Gutierrez, about 50 miles towards the west.
Though there are no known prominent Halal restaurants in San Cristóbal de la Casas, some of the mosques in San Cristóbal de la Casas may be able to provide more information on where Halal food in San Cristóbal de la Casas is available. Muslim travellers should note that most dishes - even vegetarian food - in Mexico make use of animal fat during preparation and it is highly advised that you enquire with restaurant owners about the preparation of food, prior to dining.
There are quite a few mosques in San Cristóbal de la Casas in comparison to some of the other cities in Mexico, therefore finding access to prayer facilities in San Cristóbal de la Casas will not be as difficult. The main mosques in San Cristóbal de la Casas include the Al Kautsar Mosque, Al Medina Mosque and the Murabitun Mosque.