Published January, 2001
You asked how I came to San Cristobal de Las Casas and what it's like living here.
It's a long story. I'm originally from D.F. (District Federal, Mexico City), I fell in love with Chiapas back in 1986. I then opened a language school offering Spanish lessons for foreigners and an English learning program for local residents.
I am involved in political and community activities in San Cristobal de las Casas and the surrounding areas. I also write editorials for a couple of local newspapers. Over the last 24 months, however, I have focused mainly on my activities here at my language school, El Puente. It is my goal to turn the language school into a co-op soon for the greater benefit of those working here. I do all this trying to balance it with close contact with my 6 and 7-year old daughters and wife.
Living in San Cristobal is a great experience. The city is truly a jewel. It's peaceful and offers all modern conveniences. It's relatively well connected and will be even more so in the near future with two new highways under construction (Tuxtla-San Cristobal and Tuxtla-Mexico City). In addition, there is our new airport with daily flights to D.F., and, shortly, international flights.
Of course, the city is changing and is becoming more attractive to foreign residents. There are plenty of schools. In particular there is a grade school that warmly welcomes foreign children. Middle and upper education is offered through the government education system and at least a dozen private institutions. San Cristobal has historically been an educational and cultural center.
Now, regarding your questions, here are the answers:
you asked what it is like living in San Cristobal. Is it reasonable easy to find places to rent. What would be some average modest and higher end rents?
Places to rent go from $200/month to $800/month depending on the area and type of building. Electricity? -- Basic living cost for a couple would be in the neighborhood of $100 to $300 for services (electricity, gas, water. -- Food cost are in the area of $150/month per person, but this of course will vary.
Lastly, I appreciate your invitation to hear my point of view and will put something together for you.
Chiapas Weather: http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/76845.html
F.A.Q. & General Country Infomation: http://www.mexonline.com/geninfo.htm