A big feature of living in Mexico is that domestic help is relatively cheap compared to countries in the Western world. In San Cristobal de Las Casas it's common to pay around US$25 to a person (usually a woman) who will come and clean your apartment, iron clothes and if you're willing to pay a bit extra, cook as well.
For expatriates often the most important starting references upon arriving in a foreign country are expatriate clubs and associations. Some of the most important are the American Society along with the DAR, the International Friendship Club, and Rotary International. American Society acts as a large umbrella organization harboring smaller clubs and associations that are based on particular fields of interest.
Emergency number: 066 Red Cross: 678.0772 Police: 678.0554
San Cristobal de las Casas sits nestled in the valley "Valle de Jovel" in the temperate highlands of Chiapas. The town receives a lot of visitors from Mexico and abroad (particularly from Europe), and combined with the strong indigenous culture the result is an interesting, vibrant atmosphere.