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Sumidero Canyon, Chiapa de Corzo & San Cristobal Tour

1. Sumidero Canyon, Chiapa de Corzo & San Cristobal Tour

Take a boat ride from the airport and go on a wonderful journey through time, as you contemplate the majestic walls of the Sumidero canyon. Here you can admire its incredible flora and fauna including crocodiles, monkeys, and birds among other species. Later you will visit the colonial city of Chiapa de Corzo, a small Mexican city located in the center of the state of Chiapastime where you can explore and buy local crafts. Finally you'll continue to San Cristobal de las Casas and admire the beautiful landscape.

Tuxtla Gutiérrez: Sinkhole of Parrots Full-Day Rappel

2. Tuxtla Gutiérrez: Sinkhole of Parrots Full-Day Rappel

Get an adrenaline rush on a full-day tour of the Sima de las Cotorras (Sinkhole of Parrots) in the karst plateau of Chiapas. Following a pick-up from your hotel in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, drive towards the Selva El Ocote Biosphere Reserve, and marvel at the rain forest of Chimalapas. Straddling the borders of eastern Oaxaca and Veracruz in the Uxpanapa Chimalapas region, it is part of the largest tract of tropical rainforest in Mexico. Once inside the reserve, go to the circular cavity of the Sima de las Cotorras sinkhole, and prepare for your dramatic descent. Every morning, thousands of parrots fly out of the cavity, returning by dusk. As you abseil down about 200 feet (60 meters), you’ll see trees that can grow up to 100 feet (30 meters) tall, providing home to the parrots at the bottom of the hole. About half way down, you will also discover some ancient cave paintings, thought to be up to 10,000 years old. After your rapel, there will be time to eat at a local restaurant to taste the regional food of Chiapas, before your transfer back to Tuxtla Gutiérrez.

Sumidero Canyon & Chiapa de Corzo: Day Tour from Tuxtla

3. Sumidero Canyon & Chiapa de Corzo: Day Tour from Tuxtla

Jump aboard a boat and enjoy a leisurely 2-hour boat along the steep edges of the canyon as you see stunning waterfalls, beautiful caves, and amazing cliffs roll out before you. Make your way slowly to the spectacular Sumidero Canyon, whose colorful waters drop from walls over 4,000 feet high. After finishing your boat ride, head over to Chiapa de Corzo, once the first colonial city founded by Spanish conquistadores, and now a typical Mexican town with a selection of great regional cuisine. After your meal, take a walk to the city's central fountain to admire the outstanding mudejar-style brickwork and enjoy a beverage before the end of the tour.

Tuxtla Gutiérrez: Chiflon Waterfalls + Montebello Day Tour

4. Tuxtla Gutiérrez: Chiflon Waterfalls + Montebello Day Tour

Start this full-day adventure into the wilderness of Chiapas with a morning pick-up from your hotel. Drive to the impressive El Chiflon Waterfalls near the colonial city of Comitan, and hike approximately 1 mile (1.5 kilometers) to the top of the multi-staged cascades, surrounded by mountains and rainforest. Known for creating the impression of a pair of “angel’s wings” that appear to emerge from the mountain, the falls also offer striking turquoise waters that you can take a dip in at the end of your walk. Continue to Montebello Lakes, a collection of 52 crystal clear lakes surrounded by pine forest. Here, you can dive into the refreshing blue waters, and even cross in a cayuco (a small, rustic wooden raft) to see beautiful orchids. In total, you will visit about 4 to 6 of the main lakes to experience the contrasting colors, which can vary from dark green, to bright emerald, turquoise, and even purple or red, depending on the mineral content. You will then be transferred back to Tuxtla Gutiérrez for drop-off at your hotel.

Nubes Waterfalls + Comitan Magical Town from Tuxtla Gtz

5. Nubes Waterfalls + Comitan Magical Town from Tuxtla Gtz

Explore the nature and beauty of Las Nubes Waterfalls formed by the Santo Domingo River, and visit Comitan Magical Town. Discover the natural beauty of the Montes Azules Biosphere Reserve in the state of Chiapas. Arrive and start to know this beautiful place, seeing the suspension bridge and the water falls.  Then take a walking tour through nature to the side of the river going up the hill for interesting panoramic views of the  Santo Domingo River (2 hours). Look out upon this mystical setting from a vantage point almost 152 meters (500 feet) high. You’ll even have the chance to walk along a majestic suspension bridge and enjoy the refreshing mist from the waterfalls. After the visit, you will have time to eat food (lunch)  and then continue with a visit of Comitan Magical Town (around 1 hour). After the visit, the tour will will continue back to Tuxtla Gutiérrez, where you'll be dropped off at your hotel. 

From Tuxtla Gutierrez: Sumidero Canyon & San Cristobal Tour

6. From Tuxtla Gutierrez: Sumidero Canyon & San Cristobal Tour

Wonderful journey through time, as you contemplate the majestic walls of the Sumidero canyon. Departure from the hotel or reception at the first class bus station, to go to the jetty, where you will take a boat that will take you to the wonderful walk in the bowels of the Sumidero Canyon, where you can admire its flora, fauna (crocodiles , Monkeys, infinity of birds, among other species). Later they will go to the colonial city of Chiapa de Corzo, time to realize the Visit and to make purchases of crafts. Continuation to San Cristobal de las Casas. A unique experience, that you should not miss!

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What people are saying about Tuxtla Gutierrez

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 22 reviews

A very pleasant trip in nature. Punctual pickup from hotel, guide with good English skills. The boats are clean and functional, as is the bus. Breathtaking views. Very safe driving for the driver on a mountainous road. We visited three viewpoints. The guide told a lot, he was patient and did not rush. I highly recommend it together with my 9-year-old son for whom the speedboat trip was an attraction in itself

The tour is definitely worth it. Cañón del Sumidero can be seen from all sides and Eduardo was a very good and patient tour guide. His background knowledge and English were excellent! We were also traveling in a very small group which made it that much more enjoyable. The value for money could be a bit better, but it is still an absolutely worthwhile tour.

great good , very friendly and informative, the tour was relaxed but with lots too see, view points, the boat tour, and magical town of chiapa de corso. Eduardo was an excellent guide, great english! thanks a lot

Pick up at the hotel, viewpoints at the watchtowers. The boat trip is really beautiful and a little free time in Chiapa de Corzo

All was wonderful. But will be great eglish guide on the boat.