Exploring San Cristóbal de las Casas
Home of the Zapatistas (EZLN), the most magic of Méxicos Magic Villages, with a church on every corner and two cafes on every block, the cold(ish) mountain village of San Cristóbal de las Casas is a beatiful two-week retreat for us from the crowded holiday-celebrating beaches on the Oaxaca coast.
Located in the mountains of Chiapas, a mexican state with a violent past, the town full of colorful one story buildings is now a popular tourist destination. In the 90's the leftist EZLN occupied the town hall and started an armed quest for economic and social liberty and a voice for the indigenous people. Right now there is no armed conflict between the EZLN and the feds, but the fight goes on.
We've mostly been fighting the cold, as our hillside brick-cottage doesn't have any heating and it can get as cold as 8 degrees (C) at night. We bought woolen socks and sweaters at the amazing artisan market to battle the shivers. Besides the cold, it's a great place to stay.