Posts Tagged ‘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.
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.
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.
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 [...]
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.
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.
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. 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 [...]