4 hours’ drive from Palenque, in the fertile Jovel valley, is the pretty colonial town of San Cristóbal de las Casas, rich in Maya culture. In the surrounding hills are mysterious Indian villages, like San Juan Chamula with its brightly-coloured church. Other attractions include the less-visited site of Toniná, the waterfalls and rapids of Agua Azul and Misol-Há, and the 1,000 metre deep Sumidero canyon, near Tuxtla Gutiérrez.
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City hotel - San Cristóbal de las CasasA comfortable hotel in the centre of San Cristóbal with a pretty courtyard and a restaurant. Traditional Mexican decór can be enjoyed throughout the property and there is local art on display.
City hotel - San Cristóbal de las CasasA chic, boutique hotel in the centre of town. The very modern design draws inspiration from the four elements, particularly water, which is found throughout the property. Rooms are very comfortable and the vibrant, warm colours traditionally linked with Mexico run through the interior and gardens. The restaurant is excellent.