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San Cristobol de las Casas

The Mexican Magical Town Program was an initiative led by the Mexican Government's Bureau of Tourism "to promote a series of towns around the country that offer offer visitors a 'magical' experience by reason of their natural beauty, cultural richness, traditions, folklore, historical relevance, cuisine, arts, crafts and great hospitality". The program was launched in 2001 with the aim of boosting visitor numbers to lesser known destinations in Mexico with special features that make them attractive to tourists. San Cristobol de las Casas, Chiapas is one of 121 current pueblos magicos. Now that anti-corruption crusader Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is the new president of Mexico, the future of federal funding for the program is "under review". Yes gentle reader, I know it is hard to fathom, but there are insinuations, fulminations and accusations of...wait for it... entrenched corruption and malfeasance at the highest levels of the program. Corrupt