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Activities

The Nightlife in Comitan

The Nightlife in Comitan

Centro Cultural – Rosario Castellanos

The Rosario Castellanos Cultural Center was dedicated to a Comitan feminist writer who was an advocate for the local people.  It is located in the central plaza and the hours are Mon-Fri 9am – 8pm and Sat – Sun 10am – 5pm Admission is free.  This is a very hectic place with year round items displayed and with performances by the local artisans.  You will probably want to spend some time here and sign up for one of their classes.

Teatro de la Ciudad Junchavin

The Teatro de la Ciudad Junchavin is found inside the 19th century reconstructed mansion on the central plaza.  You can find a variety of programs including music, drama, dance and films.  Tickets vary depending on the type of performance so check it out in advance for availability, type of performance and ticket price.

 

Nightlife

There are only a few hot spots in Comitan so don’t be disappointed, but you will enjoy what there is.  You definitely want to stop in Shangri La, which is host to live salsa and merengue bands.  Also Pinas and Charlie’s is a happening local scene.  Both clubs are somewhat upscale and offer great drinks and live bands on the weekends

Festivals and Events

Festival Internacional de las Culturas y las Artes Rosario Castellanos

This festival lasts for one entire week.  It is a time to exhibit local music talent, art and various lectures by locals.  Check on the dates in advance as it is usually held sometime during the middle of July.

Dia de San Caralmpio

This is one of the largest and most celebrated events in Comitan.  There are numerous celebrations in honor of different saints however this is the largest celebration.  This celebration is held on the steps of the San Caralampio church on February 10.

Tours

The Tranvia Turistico El Cositia

The Tranvia Turistico El Cositia is a tour of Comitan’s main sites.  The tour usually takes about one hour and is a great opportunity to see some of the beautiful Comitan ruins without having to walk and climb the steep stairs.  This is a guided tour with succinct information about each ruin.

Servicios Aereos San Cristobal

For an overhead view of the sights of Cristobal this is the perfect way to go.  These flights are in single propeller Cessna planes accommodating four passengers at a time.  You will see the local region including Lagunas de Montebello, Las Nubes and Laguna Miramar.  You can take the short tour or the round trip tour which picks up at Laguna Miramar has a 5 and a half hour layover so you can take a walking tour of the areas between Yaxchilan and Bonampak (both ruins) and then hop back on the plane for your return back to San Cristobal.

Entertainment, Nightlife, Tours in Comitan

Zipolite at night

Zipolite at night

The nightlife in Zipolite is rather chill. If you are looking for somewhere to enjoy a cocktail and a bit of atmosphere you should just head to the beach because many of the beaches and restaurants here are where all the action is in the evenings. If you are looking for a little more flavorful nightlife you should head to Buonvento which is situated on the paved portion of Paisan to the east. It is here that many people enjoy delicious cocktails while enjoying the starlit sky above them. People also come here to watch sports on the big screen TV’s and listen to the music that the DJ mixes. The cost for a beer here is 22 pesos, and you will pay around 45 pesos for a mixed cocktail of your choosing. They are open every day and between the hours of 7pm-1am. They only accept cash as payment. If you are in the mood for some dirty dancing you could head over to La Puesta Disco Bar which is located in the same area on Paisan Road. The crowd that flocks here is very diverse and you will be surprised to see more women than men here on any given night. They have great drinks and music you can really groove to. Here the beers cost 22 pesos and the mixed cocktails cost 48 pesos. They have a raging salsa dance night on Wednesday’s and they are open Wed-Sat 10:30 pm-2:30 am. They only accept cash as payment.

 

 

 

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Resorts

Hotel Moderno in Uruapan

Hotel Moderno in Uruapan

 

Hotels and Food in Urupan

If you are in a budget you would find the best accommodations on the east side of town. If you check out Moderno Hotel you will notice the exterior to be overgrown with vines and a very warm feeling exudes here. This hotel is located on Portal Degollado which is on the eastern side of the zocalo area. The courtyard of the hotel is green house with many antiques. The rooms here are comfy and have firm beds, nice furniture, and wonderful private bathrooms. The prices here are very cheap as you can get a one and two person room for 110 pesos per night. If you have three people you will pay 155 pesos per night. They only accept cash as payment here. If you walk a bit west of the zocalo you will stumble upon Hotel del Parque which is located on Independencia. This hotel is quiet and very peaceful as it is a little away from the center of town. The rooms are not big but the beds are. You will be pleased to have your own private terrace with a view of Uruapan. The rooms here all come with large private bathrooms and TV with cable. If you would like to stay here you will need to make sure you book well in advance as this is a popular spot and rooms fill very quickly especially during the high season. The rates for the rooms here are 200 pesos for a single person room, and a two person room goes for 300 pesos per night. They only accept cash as payment here. If you are traveling with a group of people you will probably get the most luxury for your money by staying at the Nuevo Hotel Alameda de Uruapan which is located on 5 de Febrero and is pretty close to the zocalo. The prices are high but the accommodations are more luxurious here.  The floors are done in marble, you have a bell man to take your luggage to and from your room, and you will have the cleanest bathroom in Uruapan. In the rooms you will enjoy big windows, TV and AC. The single person rate is 375 pesos a night, doubles go for 450 pesos a night, and the triples are over 520 pesos a night. They accept all major credit cards here as payment.

The food in Uruapan is varied from very inexpensive to higher scaled and fancy cafes. Most of the hot eateries are located within the zocalo. A couple of the local prized specialties are avocados, and also gourmet coffee. You can look to about any corner of town and see these two items sold on every one of them. If you are looking for more budget food options you should head to the street vendor food stands located within the Antojitos Mercado which is located on Carranza and Constitucion. These streets are on the northern part of the zocalo.  You will feel a lot of vibrant energy and you can hear the meat sizzling at just about every stand. There are many children playing and screaming and it is quite a busy atmosphere. The vendors will try to entice you by yelling out what they have to offer to get you to come to their food stands. If you are an adventurous eater you will definitely want to try the Atole de leche and that is a cornstarch drink that is warmed and frothy and absolutely delicious. This drink can be bought for around 5 pesos. The Mercado is open every day from 8am-12 midnight and they only accept cash here. If you are in desire of a more high class atmosphere you will find yourself very pleased at the Cafe La Pergola located on Portal Carrillo which is on the southern part of the zocalo. here the waiters are dressed very professionally in suits and slacks, and the lighting is very dim and the atmosphere very inviting. Some of their favorites on the menu are Uruapan enchiladas which cost 60 pesos and drinks made out of avocados go for 32 pesos. They are open every day from 8:30am-11:30 pm and they only accept cash as payment. A favorite place among the locals is that of La Lucha located on Portal Matamoros. You will love the smell when you walk in of many different types of chocolates, and coffees, as well as many baking pastries. Here you will get gourmet coffee for 11 pesos and pastries for 16 pesos. They are open every day from 9am-9pm and they only accept cash as payment.

 

 

 

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Alameda Centro Historico Hotel in Zamora

Alameda Centro Historico Hotel in Zamora

There are not a ton of options as far as lodgings are concerned but I will tell you about a few notable ones. The hotels that are here are quite reasonably priced and pretty clean. If you would like to get the most bang for your buck you will want to check the availability at Alameda Hotel which is located on Corregidora which is right near the center of town. The rooms here have nice furnishings, are very spacious and really clean. The beds are a good size, there is AC, cable and the single person rooms go for 175 pesos a night, double person rooms go for 215 pesos, triple person rooms go for 260 pesos, and they even have four people rooms for 305 pesos per night. They only accept cash as payment. There is another option called Hotel Nacionel which is located also on Corregidora and also in close proximity to the center of town. The rooms here are comfortable and a bit small. The rooms do come with their own private bathrooms and if you walk up to the fourth floor you will be able to have a view of the city from the rooftop terrace. The single rooms go for 175 pesos a night, and the double person rooms go for 300 pesos a night. They only accept cash as payment.

There are not a ton of restaurants either but the ones they do have are quite delicious and filling. If you love sweets and candies you will be in heaven as there is one on just about every corner in town. If you are a fan of pizza you will want to check out Buona Pizza which is located on Madero and that is the road that lies south of the center. The decor is not very appealing but the food here is out of this world. You may think you have died and gone to heaven. Here you can buy pizzas for around 60 pesos, hamburgers for 42 pesos, and several delicious pasta dishes go for 58 pesos per plate. They are open every day from 10am-9pm and they only accept cash as payment. If you desire more of an atmosphere you should head over to the Pantera Rosa which means Pink Panther. Here you will see the waiters and waitresses are decked out in all pink outfits and the restaurant is decorated in pink panther decor. The dishes here are quite extravagant and include items like beef and chicken dishes all done up how you would like them and they go for around 90 pesos a dish. They are open every day from 10am-10pm and they only accept cash as payment. One other notable area you should try if you are more interested in street food like tacos or burgers you should head to the Morelos Mercado next to the center of town. Here you will pay around 30 pesos per item and they are open every day from 8am-8pm and they only accept cash as payment.

 

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Hacienda Hotel in Zitacuaro

Hacienda Hotel in Zitacuaro

Hotel and Food of Zitacuaro

If you are planning on visiting Zitacuaro during the months of November and December it would be best to make reservations well in advance as this is a popular time of year due to it being butterfly season. If you book far enough in advance you can get some really attractive rates and stay in some very nice hotels. If you stay at the America Hotel you will get a lot of bang for your buck. The America Hotel is located on Revolucion and has a lot of available parking and very clean rooms that have private bathrooms, and TV’s. You can even get a room with a balcony that will look out to Revolucion Road. If you only need a single person room you will pay 182 pesos per night, the doubles go for 265 pesos and the triples are 350 pesos a night. They only accept cash as payment so come prepared. You will also enjoy the Lorenz Hotel which was just remodeled in 2007. The rooms here are very big and come with nice furnishings, and you can even get a room over the courtyard fountain. The single person rooms are 185 pesos a night, doubles are 265 pesos a night and the triples and quad rooms go for 360 pesos a night. They also only accept cash as payment.

As far as food goes you will find plenty of delicious options at the Cafeteria Chipps which is located on Hidalgo. This restaurant is owned by a family that all work here. You can get corrida here for 42 pesos, and they have many vegetarian dishes also. If you like milkshakes you will pay just 16 pesos for a creamy delicious treat.  They are open Mon-Sat 11am-6pm and they only accept cash as payment. If you like pink then you will really enjoy the atmosphere and view you get while eating at Bambinos’s which is located on Lerdo De Taja Road. This place is very popular among the locals and the reason is the food and ambiance is very appealing. The breakfast entrees cost around 45 pesos, tortas and burgers for 20 pesos, and they also sell pizza by the slice for 11 pesos. You can finish your meal off with a little hot fudge Sunday for 19 pesos. They are open every day from 8:30 am to 10:30 pm and they only accept cash as payment. If you are looking for a quick bite you will have many street taco stands, fruit stands, veggies, ice cream , and the list goes on all located on Calle Del Hambre. Calle Del Hambre means road of hunger and is located in between Ocampo and Hidalgo. This area is located just outside of the Municipal Market. The Municipal Market is open every day from  8am-6pm. Some of the taco stands stay open a bit later. If you are looking for somewhere to buy snacks and beverages to take back with you to your hotel room look no further than Super ISSTE which is a super market located on Revolucion and it is open every day from 9am-9pm and they accept all major credit cards here.

You may also be interested to know that the tastes on the street change every day as in Zatacuaro they designate certain foods to be made at certain times of the day. For example if you like breads made with bleached flour they are only available for sale in the mornings, whereas the pastries and sweets are sold in the afternoons. The people of Zitacuaro are very proud of their pastries and breads.

 

 

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Cities

The Lakes Region

The Lakes Region

The lakes region comprises over 50 lakes, and ponds. It is known as Lagunas de Montebello.   Each lake or pond is unique in color, shape and size.  They are located in the hills of a pine tree forest.  About 10 or so lakes are on the local tour route from San Cristobal and can easily be accessed by the roads.  Deep within this area is Laguna [...]

Zitacuaro

Zitacuaro

Zitacuaro is a large city of over 210,000 people and it would be even bigger today of it had not been demolished so many times in the early 19th century. The first time it was demolished was during the 1812 war for Independence, the second time was when the troops from Santa Anna fought there in 1855 and the third time was when it was invaded by [...]

Tourist Attractions

Places and Museums in Comitan »

Comitan Museum

Comitan Museum

Comitan – Museums Places to see

Comitan is east of San Cristobal and is about 2 hours away by bus.  The city is full of art and bright colors.  There are lots of steep hills and plenty of sights to see.  Within an hours drive from Comitan you can also visit Lagunas de Montebello, Cascada El Chiflon, Chinkultik and Tenam Puente archaeological sites.

Local Sights

The zocalo is full of benches, fountains, modern sculptures, and planters.  The locals and tourists are abounding in the zocala, either as a place to read, rest or even to conduct local business.  During the day the shade trees provide relief from the sun and at night you can sit, enjoy the beautiful sky above and listen to live marimba bands.

Templo Santo Domingo de Guzman

The most amazing site on the central plaza is the Templo Santo Domingo de Guzman built in 1556.  This mustard yellow with an octagon window on the façade is the last Dominican church built in Chiapas.  Recently a great discovery was found under the stucco surface, the Mudejar style bell tower.  Be sure to take a close look at this unique colonial architecture find.  In place of the demolished convent stands the Centro Cultural Rosario Castellanos.

 

Palacio Municipal

This neoclassic Palacio Municipal built in the 19th century is home of the local government offices.  Once inside you can see amazing murals that run along side the stairway.  This mural was painted by Manuel Suasnavar and it is a colorful history of Comitan.

Museo Arqueologico de Comitan

This archaeological museum shows the history of the Maya in Chiapas.  There is a wonderful display of artifacts from local areas, some of which were discovered in tombs.  The Sala Genam Puente room is kept locked, however, if you ask the guard he will open it for you.  This room represents artifacts from the Sala Genam Puente.

Museo de Arte Hermila Cominguez de Castellanos

This museum, named after Dr. Belisario Doninguez daughter,  houses modern art, what a switch from all the history.  There are two floors displaying contemporary works of art.  The artists are locals from Oaxacan and Chiapanecan and displays both paintings and sculptures.  Near the entrance to the museum are three paintings by local artist Rufino Tamayo.

 

Casa-Museo Dr. Belisario Dominguez

Dr. Belisarioi Dominguez was a public servant who promoted improvement in public services to the Chiapa people.  He was an active senator in the 1900’s.  In 1913 during a speech demanding the resignation of President Victoriona Huerta, he was assassinated.

 

 

Comitan – Museums Places to see Comitan is east of San Cristobal and is about 2 hours away by bus.  The city is full of art and bright colors.  [Read More]


Vacation Rentals

The Sonoran Sky Resort

The Sonoran Sky Resort

Of the Sonoran Resorts the Sonoran Sky is the newest resort condo in Rocky Point.  The building is designed around old world Mexican style architecture, which includes large sculptures, numerous arched entranceways and vivid southwest colors.  The lobby door looks straight through to the back door, which exits onto the patio and stairways down to the beach.  Located in the lobby are a state of the art fitness center and a convenience store.  On the second floor is a day spa, which looks out onto the beach and Sea of Cortez.  Every inch of space is designed to take advantage of the incredible views of the Sea of Cortez and especially those magnificent Rocky Point sunsets.  Outside the back of the lobby are three swimming pools, 2 Jacuzzi’s, a water slide and a pool side, swim up bar serving some of the best margarita’s south of the border.  Enjoy yours at the bar, under a palapa, in the Jacuzzi or sitting on the beach mesmerized by the beautiful blue ocean.   The Sonora Sky Resort is a single magnificently designed building with 136 units.  The units are from 1 to 4 bedrooms; they are very large with Jacuzzi’s on the patio, completely equipped kitchens, and laundry rooms and are beautifully furnished by their private owners.  You will find amenities such as flat screen TV’s with DVD players, cable, wireless internet, and ceiling fans throughout.  The patio doors are amazing…they are sliding glass doors that go the entire length of the patio area.  You can enjoy the views of the Sea of Cortez and the magnificent sunsets from just about anywhere in one of these amazing condos.  The master suite has its own bath, patio and Jacuzzi.  On the terrace in addition to the Jacuzzi, is a wet bar, electrical outlets, ceiling fans, and a built in barbeque, so enjoy those jumbo shrimps or fresh catch of the day that you bought in town.  The views from the terrace of the Sonoran Sky are incredible.  The calm waters of the Sea of Cortez washing up on the sand and the magnificent Rocky Point sunsets will mesmerize you.  These units are very well built, well designed and well managed.  All the amenities you can imagine are here as well as the beautiful surrounding Rocky Point area, which abounds in fun activities.  Enjoy your stay and make it memorable.

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The Sonoran Sun Resort

The Sonoran Sun Resort

The Sonoran Sun Resort is located on beautiful Sandy Beach.  The Sonoran Sun was designed to take advantage of every possible view of the Sea of Cortez from the Master Suite, the living room, dining room and even the kitchen.  Most of the other bedrooms also have small patios or window views of the ocean.  While staying at the Sonoran Sun you can enjoy the beauty and peace of this beautiful getaway while enjoying a state of the art fitness center, tennis courts and of course walking or jogging along the beautiful beach.  You can also play tag with the tide as you run the length of Sandy Beach.  Each unit is equipped with private laundry room, fully equipped kitchenette, bottled water, A/C, TV’s/VCR’s and daily maid service.  The units are privately owned and beautifully furnished and maintained.  You can enjoy a margarita at the Aqua Bar while munching on some tacos or experience the cuisine of Mexico at the on-site restaurant El Catoroe.  You can also enjoy Sunday brunch hosted by Emiliano’s on the plaza.  The Cielo Spa and Boutique is a great place to spend the day and get pampered.   The Sonoran Sun Resort is a beautiful place to relax, renew your spirit and just enjoy.  This is a gated and guarded community.  You can conduct business while on vacation at the business center, which offers computers, fax, copiers and meeting rooms.  So whatever you need whether business or pleasure you can find it all at the Sonoran Sun Resort.

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The Princessa Resort on Sandy Beach in Puerto Penasco

The Princessa Resort on Sandy Beach in Puerto Penasco

Located on Sandy Beach in rocky Point, Mexico is the beautiful Princessa Resort.  The Princessa is engulfed by peaceful beaches and the Sea of Cortez.  Only in Rocky Point can you walk along the sand and let the gentle warm Sea of Cortez circle around your feet in sheer bliss.  From the balcony of your beautiful suite you can view the magnificent Sea of Cortez, the Penasco Lighthouse and the incredible sunsets.  Your stay at the Princessa includes first class amenities.  You will have at your disposable three beautiful pools, a fitness center, tennis court, volleyball court and a practice golf tee.  A two bedroom condo can accommodate 4 or more guests easily.  The suites have queen size beds, Jacuzzis, private baths, pull out sofas, flat screen TV, private laundry, and a fully equipped kitchen.  You can also enjoy daily maid service.  So with all this, how can you resist.  You have all the amenities at your fingertips, the beautiful Sea and don’t forget that ever so romantic Rocky Point sunset.  The Princessa is only a short drive to the wonderful pier, maze of shops and wonderful restaurants in Rocky Point.

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Cities

The Lakes Region »

Laguna Miramar

Laguna Miramar

The lakes region comprises over 50 lakes, and ponds. It is known as Lagunas de Montebello.   Each lake or pond is unique in color, shape and size.  They are located in the hills of a pine tree forest.  About 10 or so lakes are on the local tour route from San Cristobal and can easily be accessed by the roads.  Deep within this area is Laguna Miramar, which is a located deep within the Lacandon rainforest.  Laguna Miramar can be reached either by bus on the road from Ocosingo or by a 2-hour boat ride through Zapatista – controlled territory.  Take your pick; I would prefer the bus ride.

The lakes region comprises over 50 lakes, and ponds. It is known as Lagunas de Montebello.   Each lake or pond is unique in color, shape and size.  They are located in the hills of a pine tree forest.  About 10 or so lakes are on the local tour route from San Cristobal [Read More]

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