San Cristobal de las Casas – Mexico – GRANDPAcking Costs

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JUNE 2017:


I came from Antigua, Guatemala, but my costs start on arrival in San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico and include:

  • 7 nights in GRANDPAcking Standard accommodation
  • Food & Drink
  • Mobile Data / Communications
  • A trip to Chamula
  • Some special one-off costs (e.g. replacement equipment)


For more detail, read about San Cristobal de las Casas.

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Read About – GRANDPAcking Costs if you don’t know how to interpret my figures.



My costs are broken down into:

  • Cost of Existence: The basic costs of just being there
  • Cost of Living: The additional costs that make being there fun


My costs are purely provided for information purposes. I do not always follow ‘GRANDPAcking Standards’. In fact, I deviate from them all of the time! But, my costs are real costs and they may help you formulate your own budget.


My accommodation at the Albufera met ‘GRANDPAcking Standard’. I stayed in a 1 Bedroom Apartment.

My apartment was small but came equipped with a kitchenette / lounge (with Cable TV), bathroom (with hot water), and Bedroom (with wardrobe and Cable TV).

The apartment was 400 meters from the Old Town center.

I paid a total of MXP336 / night (US$19).


I walked everywhere. You don’t need any transport.

Communications & Fees:

I had, previously, purchased an AT&T SIMcard in Playa Del Carmen. I topped it up with MXP300 and bought their 1 month ‘300’ Plan with free Facebook, free Whatsapp, built-in calls & texts, and 1GB of Data.

In San Cris, this was ‘over-kill’ as you should get good internet in your accommodation and many restaurants and bars offer good, free internet connection. However, I was looking more-long term (with Palenque as my next destination).

AT&T have a good signal in San Cris.

My 180 Day Visitor’s Visa was free. However, on exiting Mexico, I will have to pay MXP500. Given that I will only be in Mexico for 2 weeks this time, my daily Visa Apportionment is high at MXP36 / day.

Food & Drink:

I averaged MXP143 / day on food.

I bought groceries from the local Supermarket and ate Breakfast at my apartment. Each morning I ate fruit, yogurt, and muesli … followed by eggs, bacon, toast, fried plantain, and fried tomato. I had unlimited filtered coffee. My average cost for Breakfast came down to only MXP34 / day.

I don’t really eat Lunch anymore. A good Breakfast keeps me going until Dinner time. But, I did have the odd snack when out and about.

I averaged MXP101 for Dinner. In reality, this ranged from home groceries (2 nights) through an MXP80 Burger King, to a fancy MXP285 Steak meal.


My ‘Cost of Existing / Day’ was MXP488 / NZ$39 / US$28 / €25 / £22.


My available ‘LIVING Funds’ each day were MXP516 / NZ$41 / US$29 / €26 / £22. This was more than enough to LIVE on.

Getting There:

It cost me GTQ240 (about MXP620) for a shuttle bus from Antigua, Guatemala to San Cris … but, these costs were included in my Antigua budget. No costs were apportioned against San Cris.

Drink / Partying:

I was out almost every night. On the nights that I stayed in, I had some wine that I purchased in my groceries. I averaged MXP83 / day on drinks.

When out, I paid an average of MXP30-35 for a 330ml beer.


I had my hair cut at the market (MXP40) and did my laundry (at MXP12 / Kg).

Entertainment / Trips:

I took a day trip by Colectivo to Chamula. With entrance fees, snacks, a cappuccino, etc my total trip cost was MXP130.


I bought a small backpack (Day Pack) down the market for MXP200.

Other / Gifts:

I have included tips for food in the price of the food (above).


My actual GRANDPAcking costs came in at MXP612 / NZ$49 / US$33 / €31 / £27 per day. This was 61% of my total budget … I had 39% left to play with. I had all the money that I needed to have a fun time.


Again, costs are broken down into:

  • Cost Of Existence
  • Cost Of Living



I suggest that GRANDPAckers pre-book 2 nights (with someone like BOOKING.COM or EXPEDIA.COM or AGODA.COM). GRANDPAckers should easily be able to get something acceptable for US$17 / night.

Once in San Cris, GRANDPAckers can have a look around for something better. GRANDPAckers should easily be able to get something nice for US$15 / night.

Don’t expect to get Breakfasts included at these prices.


There is a budget for you to go by Colectivo to a nearby village once each week.


I have included a prepaid 1 Month plan with 1GB of data for MXP300.


I have budgeted for you to eat an ‘average’ priced Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner in local cafes away from the expensive Old Town tourist area.

You will need to buy 5 Gallon bottles (these are cheap at MXP20 / refill).


The ‘Cost Of Existence’ of 2 GRANDPAckers is about MXP715 / NZ$57 / US$41 / €36 / £32 per day.


This leaves you 29% of your daily budget to LIVE on: about MXP288 / NZ$23 / US$16 / €15 / £13 per day.

You can have some fun with this spare cash … but, with things like a cappuccino costing MXP33 each, your spare cash won’t stretch very far if you are spending time in the Old Town center.


San Cris is a good Holiday Destination for GRANDPAckers.

But, like the other ‘Magic Towns’ in Mexico, it is relatively expensive: you will be paying for the privilege.

There are better (and cheaper) places for GRANDPAckers in Mexico.


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