San Cristobal de Las Casas, Mexico: Living on $1,500 USD or Less!

If you’re considering moving to Mexico but find that many places are getting too expensive or becoming too saturated with other expats, then I want you to discover San Cristobal de Las Casas!

If you haven’t heard of San Cristobal de Las Casas, I want to introduce you to the small and mighty town that has started to become a popular ex-pat destination in the last few years and why you should consider it as a top retirement destination in Mexico!

And there’s a good reason. There are so many things to love about San Cris. I love the culture, the people, the low cost of living, natural beauty, fresh produce, coffee, and, of course, the safety of being alone.

That’s why I feel that if it isn’t on your radar, it should be! And here’s why:

Here, you can find rentals starting at $4,000 pesos for a studio or $8,000 pesos for a nice one-bedroom casita. That’s about $228-$460 USD/Month, depending on the exchange rate.

In this video, I break down the top neighborhoods to live in, the cost of living in San Cris, Rental examples, grocery store options, and why this town is the perfect place to live in.

San Cristobal has a strong community and a vibrant culture with a mix of indigenous people, various languages, beautiful nature, and affordable living. So if you’ve been thinking about retiring in San Cristobal de Las Casas, this video is for you!

Plus, the weather is constantly cool and crisp, which is excellent for people who love mountainous air. It’s never too hot and never too cold.

So, Come and Explore San Cris With Us!

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Mariana Lange

Mariana Lima-Lange was born in Mexico and immigrated to the U.S. when she was a child. She spent every summer visiting family throughout Mexico and is very knowledgeable about Mexican culture, lifestyle, and traditions. She is fluent in both Spanish and English.

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  1. Michael O'Leary says

    Hi Mariana,

    Are the utility costs you quote for San Cris for 1 month ($500 – $800)? If so, they seem to be much higher than the utility costs in Oaxaca (your video quotes $200 – $400 for a 2-month billing period)….. or maybe I’m misunderstanding.

    Also, do you have estimated monthly costs for bottled water (the large tambos)?

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