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Guadalupe Church

Climb the 79 steps to appreciate the staggering views from this hilltop church. The church itself is a pretty example of colonial architecture. 

It might not be an easy climb, but getting to the Guadalupe Church is certainly worth the effort. Rising from Real de Guadalupe, 79 steps climb to the church’s entrance atop a small hill. Make your way to the top to explore the pleasant little church and be rewarded with incredible panoramic views of San Cristóbal de las Casas.

The Guadalupe Church is visible from all around the city as it stands on its striking hilltop location. It features twin bell towers and is painted in white with orange trim. Trees line the staircase. During festivals and holy days, flags and buntings flutter from the main door. The church stands on a delightful wooded plaza. Walk around the little plaza to appreciate the views of the rooftops, leafy squares and colonial buildings of the city. On clear days, try to see as far as the wild landscapes of Chiapas. 

The church was built in 1834 on top of Cerro (Hill) de Guadalupe and consists of a single nave with a side chapel. Enter the church to find a canvas painting of the Virgin of Guadalupe on the main altar.  

Those who are lucky enough to be in San Cristóbal de las Casas on December 12 should be sure to celebrate the church’s feast day, Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe. Join the throngs of worshippers as they clamber up the steps to pray, enjoy services, lay flowers and celebrate the Virgin on her special day. The church is a popular pilgrimage site, as the Virgin of Guadalupe is beloved across Mexico. Learn the story of how the Virgin Mary appeared multiple times in Guadalupe outside Mexico City. You may see pilgrims approaching the church on their knees. 

Find Guadalupe Church quite easily. Look above the rooftops and follow the maze of streets until you get to the base of the steps. Locate this spot by walking east along Real de Guadalupe from the main square. Alternatively, taxis can drop you at the bottom of the steps. The church is open during the day with closures at midday. 


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Hotel Sombra del Agua $60
Reviewed on Jun 7, 2019
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Hotel Sombra del Agua

Hotel Sombra del Agua

Calle 1, De Marzo 15, Esquina Avenida 16, San Cristobal de las Casas, CHIS
     
    4.4 of 5
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    We had an excellent experience at Hotel Sombra del Agua, our room was pretty, private, clean. Gladys, and the other girl, and the guys who help us with our baggage, were very polite and helpful. Thanks !!! We will love to come back soon!!!!

    Los Altos Hotel $22
    Reviewed on May 22, 2019
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    Los Altos Hotel

    Los Altos Hotel

    Francisco I Madero #94, Barrio de Guadalupe, San Cristobal de las Casas, CHIS
       
      4.2 of 5
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Todo bien, hay bufet, ambiente 100% familiar , en uno de los barrios más culturales, facturan al instante, también dan seguimiento, todo bien.

      Grand Guadalupe by Inmense $49
      Reviewed on Mar 6, 2018
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      Grand Guadalupe by Inmense

      Grand Guadalupe by Inmense

      Real de Guadalupe No. 172, Barrio de Guadalupe, San Cristobal de las Casas, CHIS
         
        4.1 of 5
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        The employees of this hotel were very unhelpful. The manager never cared to address the problems with the room such as the lack of hot water, internet and tv service. Furthermore the hotel was very cold and there was not heater. Lastly, the room was extremely noise due to the fact that all the rooms ...

        Hostal Mirador $20
        Reviewed on May 2, 2016
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        Hostal Mirador

        Hostal Mirador

        Calle Cumbres de Guadalupe 2, Col Barrio de Guadalupe, San Cristobal de las Casas, CHIS
           
          4.7 of 5
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Nice place to stay, the personal very helpful, nice neighborhood, the only issue that I found the Posada is just besaide a big church and the bells wake you up very early in the morning

          Docecuartos Hotel $52
          Reviewed on May 6, 2019
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          Docecuartos Hotel

          Docecuartos Hotel

          Av. Juarez No. 1 Int. A Col. Centro, San Cristobal de las Casas, CHIS
             
            4.5 of 5
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Nice service, be aware that this hotel doesn't have an air conditioner in the room, it is not important if you travel there in the colder months. In general, was a really pleasant hotel to stay, it's location is great as it is just 2 block from one of the main street with restaurants and bars. I ...

            Hotel LYA $23
            Reviewed on May 15, 2019
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            Hotel LYA

            Hotel LYA

            calleleona vicario 4 barrio de Guadalupe, San Cristobal de las Casas, CHIS
               
              5.0 of 5
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Las camas muy cómodas y el baño muy amplio, lo recomiendo!!

              LA Lupita Artistic - Best View -historic Center
              LA Lupita Artistic - Best View -historic Center

              LA Lupita Artistic - Best View -historic Center

              San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the heart of San Cristobal de las Casas, this historic vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Guadalupe Church and San Cristobal de las Casas Cathedral. Na Bolom Cultural Museum and Church of San Nicolás are also within 15 minutes.

                Posada Atrapasueños
                Posada Atrapasueños

                Posada Atrapasueños

                Real de Guadalupe 162, San Cristobal de las Casas, CHIS
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in De Guadalupe, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Guadalupe Church and San Cristobal de las Casas Cathedral. Na Bolom Cultural Museum and Church of San Nicolás are also within 15 minutes.