We were so in love with San Cristobal de las Casas that we began to doubt anything could be better just two hours down the highway and we considered cutting Comitán from the itinerary.
Comitán is a colonial town, calmer, smaller, more authentic and the people were so friendly. It was lower in elevation but was still refreshingly comfortable.
Comitán de Domínguez is the official name, but everyone calls it Comitán. It (as well as San Cris) is one of Mexico’s 132 Pueblos Mágicos (Magical Villages) which is a site of symbolism, legend, gastronomy and/or history which shows national identity and provides opportunity to discover Mexico’s enchantment.
In fact, I learned that the entire state of Chiapas had been a part of Guatemala. First, they won their independence and then they voted to belong to the United Mexican States.
Walking the streets of Comitán is to walk through centuries of history. There are many colonial churches.
I am so glad we did not cut out Comitán because we were really surprised by what we found there and thoroughly enjoyed our visit.
We stayed at the 3-year-old El Corazón del Café Boutique Hotel which was a real gem as well as conveniently located. The Cost of Travel: Chiapas will be posted soon.
Many of the tourists are Mexican nationals. Not many foreign visitors stay here, although many tourists take day excursions from San Cristóbal de las Casas to see Comitán’s beautiful surrounding sites: Lagos de Montebello National Park and El Chiflón Cascadas.
I’ll Meet You in the Morning and show you the awesome beauty of the Chiflón Waterfalls.