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Area Code -- The telephone area code is 967.

ATMs -- San Cristóbal has a number of ATMs.

Currency Exchange -- There are at least five casas de cambio on Real de Guadalupe, near the main square, and a couple under the colonnade facing the square. Most are open until 8pm, and some are open Sunday.

Doctor -- Try Dr. Roberto Lobato, Av. Belisario Domínguez 17, at Calle Flavio A. Paniagua (tel. 967/678-7777). Don't be unsettled by the fact that his office is next door to Funerales Canober.

Internet Access -- Internet cafes are everywhere.

Parking -- Use the underground public lot in front of the cathedral, just off the main square on 16 de Septiembre. Entry is from Calle 5 de Febrero.

Post Office -- The correo is at Crescencio Rosas and Cuauhtémoc, a block south and west of the main square. It's open Monday to Friday from 8am to 7pm, Saturday from 9am to 1pm.

Spanish Classes -- The Centro Bilingüe, at the Centro Cultural El Puente, Real de Guadalupe 55, 29250 San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chi. (tel. 800/303-4983 in the U.S., or tel./fax 967/678-3723), offers classes in Spanish and can arrange home stays for their students.

Weather -- San Cristóbal can be chilly when the sun isn't out, especially during the winter. It's 2,100m (7,000 ft.) above sea level. Most hotels are not heated, although some have fireplaces. There is always a possibility of rain, but I would avoid going to San Cristóbal from late August to late October, during the height of the rainy season.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.