San Cristobal De La Barranca lies just inside the boundary of the province of Jalisco in Mexico and is not known for being a tourist destination. It is, in fact, one of the least visited destinations in Mexico, a country known all over the world as a holiday destination. San Cristobal De La Barranca lies in a convenient position in central-northern Mexico, only 100km away from the sea and is well worth the visit. It is an area very high in water; ponds, lakes, streams and rivers abound, beautifully offset by the green looming mountains and hills. The white-washed houses nestle into the foothills adding to the attraction of this lovely undeveloped area.
Due to its lack of development, the small population – just over 3000 people – tends to be quite poor and cannot offer a tourist much in the way of luxury, but for those in search of adventure and something different, something not in the guide books, you will be hard pressed to beat San Cristobal De La Barranca.
San Cristobal De La Barranca features a wonderful bio-diversity; like much of Mexico, it is home to many speices of birds and animals with a profilic variation of plant life. Among the species that can be spotted by a careful and patient watcher are deer, wild cats, and porcupines amongst others.Eagles will soar overhead in search of squirrels and other small creatures. Keep an eye – and an ear! – open for the delightfully named chachalaca, a small noisy bird native to Mexico, very distantly related to the chicken and named for the sound it makes.
The centre of San Cristobal De La Barranca features a plaza with a fountain, a feature sure to appear in photographs taken to commenorate your visit to this small community, proof of your holiday somewhere out of the ordinary, and a refreshing experience after the manufactured and processed world of contemporary, one-size-fits-all tourism.