Updated: Nov 22, 2020
Sumidero Canyon formed 40 million years ago is one of the most impressive natural wonders of the Chiapas State. Located north of the Tuxtla Gutierrez city in Mexico, an easy 45 minute drive from San Cristobel De La Casas.
Tourist buses flooded this well sought after destination, most tourists were locals from different parts of Mexico. After all, there are 126 million Mexicans residing in Mexico, this is only expected. The park itself receives 300,000 people annually, 80% of whom are from Mexico.
Tourist shops sold hats, sunblock creams, water and ice cream. People were grouped together, there was no organization if anything a bit of Mexican chaos until we got onto the boat.
We had waited a good 40 minutes before we departed from the pier, speeding through the Canyon, passing through the green landscape that surrounded us on both sides.
Soon we came to a halt when the boat driver spotted huge crocodiles known as the American Crocodile relaxing between surplus of dirt and rubbish. Mainly plastic bottles and wrappers.
We came to an enclave in one of the mountains, which was a shrine for Virgin of Guadalupe. It had a ladder that even if one was on a boat it would actually be hard to get to. It is still quite a mystery trying to understand how anyone would be able to get up to the shrine.
There were some exceptional moments on the Grijalva river besides my head bopping left and right as I started to experience sun and heat stroke at the same time, while passing out. One moment for instance was meeting one of Sumidero canyons endangered spider monkey. The other was a certain type of moss formed on the rock mountain that appeared in the shape of a Christmas tree. The more we looked closely, the more a face appeared in the wall and ever so clear.
We arrived at the cave of colours known as 'Cueva de Colores with shades of pink formed as a result of potassium and magnesium as well as other minerals.
Sumidero Canyon is not only a natural wonder, but also dates back in history to 1528 when the Spanish had arrived, rather than the Chiapanecas surrendering their culture to them, they committed mass suicide throwing themselves off the canyon walls.
The deeper we drove through the canyon the more the walls became grandiose as they reached 1,000 meters at their highest point. Other boats looked ever so small next to these giant walls, not to mention our necks also took a twist. We soon arrived to the end of the trip as we arrived to the dam that produces electricity and manages the flow of the river to other parts of Mexico. Making this one of the most important hydroelectric stations in the country with 30 generators.
Our day ended near the dam where a floating snack bar came our way. Locals absolutely love their Spicy Michelada. To my surprise to know its made with Soya sauce, Worcestershire sauce tomato juice, Chipotle hot sauce and Mexican beer! Not sure how the heart burn would handle that mixture in a cup.
Sumidero Canyon is a beautiful day spent considering the weather was breezy but the sun was too strong we all soon retired back to the hotel unable to explore Chiapa De Corzo.
If you're looking at visiting Mexico, you may want to take a look at our other blogs:
The Village of Zincantan - Textile and Pox
San Cristobel De La Casas- Mexico's most cultural city in the Chiapas state
San Juan Chamula Church- where sacrifices are made and soul fragments maybe taken