The Mexican city of San Cristobal de las Casas is known to many as Jovel or even as "The Most Magical of the Pueblos Mágicos". This cultural capital of Mexico's Chiapas state and tourist hotspot is nestled in the mountainous Central Highlands area, and expatriates moving to San Cristobal de las Casas will soon realize what all the fuss is about. This is a city steeped in beauty. The main square, Plaza 31 de marzo, is the beautiful and architecturally rich center of city life, containing lovely gardens and some of the city's most important buildings. The city's fine churches and Cathedral sit at the heart of the city's cultural life and history, and expats living in San Cristobal de las Casas will find some of the world's most beautiful urban vistas along some of the city's main streets.
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If the environs of this southern Mexican city are beautiful when viewed from the streets, they are truly spectacular up close. Expatriates moving to San Cristobal de las Casas should venture out early on to see the ancient Mayan villages that lie in the mountains around the city. There is plenty more to find out about this history in the city's museums and any expatriate in San Cristobal de las Casas with an interest in history will find the area's ancient and colonial pasts equally fascinating. It is often great to be able to make contact with other expats living in San Cristobal de las Casas before actually arriving, and as an InterNations member you can easily get in touch with the local international community. The city is home to very roughly 150,000 people and it shouldn't be difficult to contact other expatriates in San Cristobal de las Casas through our discussion groups and private messages system. These are also a great way to organize an early meet-up or to get advice on life in San Cristobal de las Casas.
As an expatriate working in San Cristobal de las Casas you will first have to settle into the city's life. Most find this a beguiling experience – in fact, it isn't unknown for expats working in San Cristobal de las Casas to fall somewhat in love with the city. Open air markets, a glorious climate and the stunning backdrop of ancient Mayan mountains make it a place that's easy to fall for. Of course, it isn't unusual for expatriates to find big transitions difficult either, and InterNations members have the added support of a wealth of information in our Expat Magazine. You can read up on everything from cross-cultural communication to expat finance and insurance, or leaf through personal accounts from other InterNations members. Between this expatriation information from InterNations, the local international network and the beautiful city itself, life as an expatriate in San Cristobal de las Casas is about as good as it gets.