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Sections of Chiapa de Corzo


Cañon (Canyon) Del Sumidero: Located more than 20 km north of Tuxtla Gutierrez, this natural area covers 21,789 hectares (53,818 acres) and has some of Mexico’s oldest geological formations, indeed a site of ecological, historical and archaeological importance. At this park, you’ll find cliffs that are 1000m (3,333 ft) high, ideal for rock climbing. At the top you’ll get a 20 km unobstructed view of the canyon. The immense canyon walls are lush with plants and abundant waterfalls. Spanning 32 km from the bridge to the dam, the width of the canyon varies according to the point of departure, and it ranges from 200 to 2000 m. The dam at the end of the canyon is called “Chicoasen” or Manuel Moreno Torres, and it is one of the biggest in Mexico.

Before the completion of the dam, the canyon's walls were even higher than they are now: then the waters running trough it were not navigable; even for the most skilled boatmen. Once the river was dammed, the water levels rose dramatically, creating an extremely deep and by comparison, serene river which tour boats and taxi boats navigate with ease. The Chicoasen hydroelectric dam, opened in 1981 is today one of Mexico's most important sources of electric power.

Travel to one of the Miradores (observation points) if you want to get a birds-eye view of the canyon; but if you really want to experience it properly, take a boat ride through this thrilling canyon. The most common embarkation point is at Chiapa de Corzo, a short drive from Tuxtla Gutierrez. The two to three hours round trip by boat will take you on a spectacular journey through the canyon. The wildlife on display is spectacular, and your boat may take you on a tour past one of the caves in the area.

The Sumidero Canyon is a truly spectacular experience which should not be missed when you are traveling in Chiapas. Formed by a geological fault millions of years ago, the canyon goes through the Grijalva River. On its vertical walls there are caves of a special beauty such as the “Cueva de Colores” (Multicolor Cave) and natural phenomenon as the “Árbol de Navidad” (Christmas tree) waterfall. In the Canyon there is an abundant wildlife including crocodiles, spider monkeys, jaguars, ocelotes, white tail deer and many aquatic birds.

Cañón del Sumidero National Park: Situated in the heart of the Canyon, the park is a small jungle surrounded by the high canyon walls. Its paths wind through areas where one has access to the native flora and fauna. There are also opportunities for various activities in this imposing setting. The only way to get to the park is by boat. The park offers a range of eco-activities including the opportunity to visit the wildlife sanctuary, see local flora and fauna such as crocodiles, spider monkeys and many aquatic birds as well as a number of physical and sporting activities such as: Kayaking, mountain biking, zip-lines, swimming and more.

Baños del Carmen (Carmen's baths): On the road from Tuxtla to La Angostura at approximately 55 km (34.1 miles) from the town of Chiapa de Corzo. The baths are a natural spring of sulfurous waters collected in rustic pools in the dry season and a river with lush vegetation during the rainy station. Surrounded by ample greenery, this place is well suited for picnics. Among the services available are a restaurant, rest rooms and dressing rooms.

Cascadas El Chorreadero (Spout Waterfalls): Located 23 km (14.5 miles) from Tuxtla Gutierrez and 10 km (6 miles) from Chiapa de Corzo on Highway 190. Owes its name to the way water fall from a grotto 25 m (83 ft.) high, giving birth to pools amongst jungle vegetation. In the interior you can appreciate stalactites and stalagmites. The best season to visit this attractive site is during the summer months. This place is perfect for swimming.

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Amatenango del Valle Chiapa de Corzo
Comitan de Dominguez Palenque
San Cristobal de las Casas San Juan Chamula
Selva Lacandona Tapachula
Tenejapa Tonala
Tuxtla Gutierrez Zinacantan

Chiapas, Chiapa de Corzo, Canyon of Sumidero,  Aerial view - Photo by Secretaria de Turismo de Chiapas

  Chiapas, Chiapa de Corzo, Canyon of Sumidero, Aerial view
Ç  Chiapas, Chiapa de Corzo, Canyon of Sumidero - Photo by German Murillo-Echavarria 0406
  Chiapas, Chiapa de Corzo, Canyon of Sumidero
Ç  Chiapas, Chiapa de Corzo, Parque Ecoturistico Canyon of Sumidero, pool - Photo by German Murillo-Echavarria 0406
  Chiapas, Chiapa de Corzo, National Park Canyon of Sumidero, pool
Ç  Chiapas, Chiapa de Corzo, El Chorreadero Waterfall - Photo by SECTUR
  Chiapas, Chiapa de Corzo, El Chorreadero Waterfall

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