San Cristóbal de las Casas

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In the middle of the central part of Mexico City lies the city of San Cristóbal de las Casas. It is considered to be founded by the Spanish colonel Diego de MacArthur. Initially, the name of the village was Guilléal. It was the name of the town where Margueritez lived. In 1829 it was renamed San Cristobal. A little later, it was renamed de Las Casas in honor of the first Ecopus of Chuyapas, of which the city is a part. It became a national monument of history in 1974. It received its status as "Magic City in 2003 for having significant monuments of history and architecture.

The city, surrounded by highlands, is mainly inhabited by descendants of the Tsentral and Tsentral peoples. Its ancient buildings are mainly represented by structures built in the Baroque and Neo-Classical styles. Many city dwellers prefer to wear traditional national clothing and use donkeys for transporting food. As it did for several centuries ago, there was a great deal of folk art here. The craftsmen here make ceramics, marmalade and textile clothing.

100 USD = 1,809.46 MXN

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  • Tap water: No, not drinkable
  • Religious government: Non-religious
  • Population: 190,000 people
  • GDP: $8,444 / year
  • Foreigners can own real estate: Yes
  • Power outlets: 115V60Hz
  • Internet: 24 Mbps
  • Best wireless: TelCel
  • Pay without cash: No, cash only esp. for foreigners
  • Tipping: Service is not included in all restaurants (though this may vary by location or for a larger group), so it is customary to tip 10 to 20 percent of the total bill. Bartender: It’s acceptable to tip 10 to 20 pesos per drink or 10 to 15 percent of the total bill.
  • Apartment listings: Comparto Depa
  • Apartments: Airbnb
  • Hotels:
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  • Best taxi: Uber
  • Online electronics shop: Linio
  • Best intl air carrier: Aero Mexico
  • Monthly costs for expat: $650
  • Monthly costs for family: $1450
  • Monthly costs for local: $420
  • Meal: $4
  • Small Cola: $0.6
  • Beer 1 Pint: $1.5
  • Coffee: $1.8

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