recicleta  Casa Felipe Flores is an eco-friendly hotel promoting ecological awareness. We invite our sustainability minded guests to utilize separate containers provided for plastic and glass and the second one for all other trash. We separate everything else – from organic waste to expired electronic equipment – in preparation for pick-up six days a week from Recicleta San Cristobal with whom we are a proud recycling client.

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While Chiapas and San Cristobal fascinate its visitors with magnificent archeological sites, renowned colonial architecture and Maya villages, it is impossible to come here without noticing the impoverished living conditions and unmet needs of many families. Chiapas has the highest poverty rate among all of Mexico’s 32 states. In 2005 the owners of Casa Felipe Flores co-founded with Mexican and ex-pat friends AMIGOS de SAN CRISTOBAL, A.C., a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization that develops funding for proven charities which directly serve Chiapas’ most disadvantaged people. With a focus on improving health, education and economic independence for men, women and children of all ages, a total of 55 grants have been distributed between 2005 and 2014. A good portion of the funding has come from guests who have stayed at Casa Felipe Flores. Insight into the amazing work being accomplished in programs supported by Amigos can be found at and at which features on site visits to a sampling of Amigos supported projects. To contact Amigos de San Cristóbal, email at or call (967) 631-7002.

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Sergio Castro’s Humanitarian Work

SergiowithboySergiocastroConsidered a hero by many in Chiapas, Sergio Castro has received numerous awards for his humanitarian and cultural work. By training, he is an agricultural engineer, veterinarian and teacher. By nature, he is a radical giver, ethnologist and polyglot– speaking Spanish, French, Italian, English, Tzotzil, Tzeltal and Lacandón Maya. For more than 50 years- almost every day of every week- Don Sergio has treated wounds and burns of the poor, built over 30 schools, and over 25 water catchment and filtration systems for the indigenous villages and poor neighborhoods in Chiapas– from the Lacondon villages deep in the jungle to San Cristobal de Las Casas where his clinic and museo are located now.

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