We arrived in San Cristobal de las Casas in driving rain, that practically didn’t cease for the next 72 hours. The fringes of Hurricane Alex were causing torrential downpours across Mexico, and no doubt the areas closer to the eye were being hit exponentially harder. Luckily for us, the rain eventually cleared with no major damage and we were able to experience the city. It is a pleasure to simply stroll through the cobble-stoned streets of San Cristobal. The brightly painted buildings and doors provide a sort of spectacle in themselves. Views from churches set above the centre of town, and requiring a substantial climb up many stairs, reveal a sprawling city set in a mountain range. People from local indigenous Mayan communities arrive in town to shop and sell, many still wear their traditional dress. The markets are vibrant, selling artesania, foods, and a range of Zapatista merchandise. There are also many cafes and bars around San Cristobal, something that I was especially eager to enjoy!