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Tuxtla Gutierrez: Sumidero, Chiapa de Corzo and Miradores

1. Tuxtla Gutierrez: Sumidero, Chiapa de Corzo and Miradores

We start the tour from your hotel and drive towards Sumidero Canyon, where we take a 2-hour boat ride through the Sumidero canyon to the Grijalva River dock, where you can see local plants and animals. As we move on with the tour, we will stop at a 16th-century fountain designed in the Mudejar architecture as we approach the historic city of Chiapa de Corzo, which Captain Diego de Mazariegos founded in 1528. We take advantage of the excursions' continuation and travel to the canyon's views to thoroughly appreciate the journey.

Sumidero Canyon Excursion from San Cristobal de las Casas

2. Sumidero Canyon Excursion from San Cristobal de las Casas

Marvel at the majestic walls of the Sumidero Canyon on this 8-hour excursion that feels like a journey back in time. Tours depart from the Algrano Cafe in San Cristobal de las Casas. After a transfer to the jetty, take a boat to the canyon. Be on the lookout for crocodiles, monkeys and a wide variety of birds. Next on the itinerary is a visit to the colonial city of Chiapa de Corzo. Take some time to browse the numerous shops that offer local craft items. Continue to San Cristobal de las Casas, where the tour ends.

From Palenque: Ruins and waterfalls of Misol-ha & Agua Azul

3. From Palenque: Ruins and waterfalls of Misol-ha & Agua Azul

Comenzamos la aventura a las 08:00 a.m., para dirigirnos hacia la zona arqueológica de Palenque, una visita de 3 horas y media, déjate envolver por la magia y la energía que ofrece el sitio arqueológico, apreciando las impresionantes pirámides dentro de la selva, se podían ver monos, pájaros y la cascada baño de la Reina. Con tu mismo boleto de Palenque puedes visitar el museo del lugar (Alberto Ruz L'Huillier), donde hay una réplica de la tumba del rey Pakal. Continuando con el recorrido nos dirigimos hacia la imponente cascada Misol-Ha, allí tendremos 45 minutos para visitar, podemos caminar detrás de la cascada y explorar la cueva que está cubierta por la cascada, finalmente vamos al agua azul, tendremos 2 horas y media para visitar, puedes nadar, caminar por la pasarela para apreciar las cascadas y dejarme seducir por su increíble belleza y color azul.

San Cristóbal: Agua Azul, Misol Ha & Palenque Experience

4. San Cristóbal: Agua Azul, Misol Ha & Palenque Experience

Starts by leaving your hotel in San Cristóbal de Las Casas. Head to the famous and spectacular Agua Azul waterfalls, but before that, make a stop in the charming town of Ocosingo, where you can enjoy a delicious local breakfast if you wish (not included). Arrive at the majestic Agua Azul waterfalls, where you have the opportunity to walk, admire, and capture the best photographs of this amazing landscape. Its impressive turquoise color and the large amount of vegetation that surrounds it will leave you breathless. Continuing with your fantastic adventure, venture to discover the majestic Misol-Ha waterfall, an imposing waterfall of over 25 meters high that leave you breathless. Admire its beauty surrounded by lush vegetation, where tall trees will embrace you with their shade. Enjoy the impressive Archaeological Zone of Palenque, home to one of the most fascinating civilizations in history! Explore this majestic place, walking at your own pace and admiring each of its impressive constructions. Let yourself be captivated by the mysterious atmosphere that surrounds these ancient temples, marvel at their detailed engravings and discover the secrets that have survived through the centuries. Also have time to have your meals to have energy to finish this unforgettable adventure. (Meals not included) At the end of the day, drop off passengers who decide to end their trip at the Ado Palenque bus station. (Bus ticket not included), then begin the return trip to San Cristobal. To conclude this adventure, drop you off at "Cafetería Al Grano" in the city center, in front of the central park, so that you can return to your accommodation on your own to rest and enjoy the unforgettable memories that your mind and heart have created with this wonderful trip.

Chamula and Zinacantán Day Trip from San Cristóbal

5. Chamula and Zinacantán Day Trip from San Cristóbal

Learn more about the everyday lives and ancient beliefs of the indigenous Tzotzil Maya people on an amazing day trip from San Cristóbal de las Casas. Travel in air-conditioned comfort to the town of San Juan Chamula to get a better understanding of the mix of contemporary culture and ancient traditions that gives the town its unique aspect. Continue to Zinacantán, where the majority of the population are Tzotzil Maya indigenous people. Visit the church and the home of a family co-operative, where you will be welcomed with a regional drink and can watch the women at work on pre-Columbian waist looms. Get invited into their kitchen to taste their traditional handmade tortillas before the return journey to San Cristóbal de las Casas.

Yaxchilan & Bonampak Ruins and Lacandon Jungle from Palenque

6. Yaxchilan & Bonampak Ruins and Lacandon Jungle from Palenque

Benefit from early morning pick-up at your hotel in Palenque, and drive to the ancient Mayan archaeological site of Bonampak, first seen by non-Mayans in 1946. Upon arrival, get 2 hours to explore the site and look at its famous murals. Enjoy a breakfast buffet on the road, and venture into the lush green rainforest of the Lacandon Jungle. Declared a natural monument on August 21, 1992, the forest extends over some 4,357 hectares and is still inhabited by the Lacandon Maya people. Encounter refreshing streams and marvel at the endemic flora and fauna of the dense countryside. Upon your departure from Bonampak, take a 30-minute drive towards the frontier town of Frontera Corozal. Then, take a 1-hour boat trip to the hidden ruins of Yaxchilan, also known as "The City of Green Stones.” Once one of the most powerful Maya states along the Usumacinta River, the site is known for its decorative walls and the ruins of “The Labyrinth,” a temple with rooms spread over 3 levels and linked by interior stairways.  Get 2 hours to explore the complex and unravel some of the mysteries of its palaces, temples and public plazas. Then, journey back to Palenque and get dropped off at your hotel at the end of the tour services.

Misol Ha and Agua Azul Waterfalls Tour from Palenque

7. Misol Ha and Agua Azul Waterfalls Tour from Palenque

Enjoy the drive to Misol Ha Waterfall to see its impressive cascade that’s 20 meters high. Continue to the Agua Azul Waterfalls on this six-hour excursion from Palenque. Marvel at the stunning turquoise color of the water. Start out midday with a pickup at your hotel and a drive that takes you through spectacular natural landscapes. After your visit to Misol Ha you’ll head to Agua Azul Waterfalls, where you’ll spend around two hours, with time for lunch before returning to your hotel in Palenque.

Montebello Lakes and Chiflon Day Tour from San Cristobal

8. Montebello Lakes and Chiflon Day Tour from San Cristobal

This 12-hour tour takes you from San Cristobal de las Casas in the morning to Lagos de Montebello. Head first to the Chiflón waterfall, a natural freefall of water surrounded by reeds and palm groves. Next on the itinerary is a visit to the Montebello Lakes in a nature reserve that is Mexico's most beautiful lake district. The reserve comprises acres of pines, oaks and rainforest where, weather permitting, there will be the opportunity to enjoy views of the many lakes and the varying colors of the waters. After visiting this picturesque natural environment, the tour returns to San Cristobal de Las Casas, arriving in the early evening.

From San Cristóbal: Agua Azul and Palenque Day Trip

9. From San Cristóbal: Agua Azul and Palenque Day Trip

Following pick-up from your hotel in San Cristóbal de las Casas, head towards the ancient Maya city of Palenque and stop at the amazing waterfalls of Agua Azul along the way. Gaze in awe at the cascades, formed by the currents of the Otulún, Shumuljá and Tulijá rivers and shallow canyons banked by vertical cliffs. Get the chance to cool down with a swim, time permitting, and marvel at the different areas and landscapes of the natural wonder. Continue to the waterfalls of Misol-Ha, where the water can rise to heights of up to 30 meters in the natural rainforest surroundings. Then, discover the ruins of the Maya civilization at the archaeological site of Palenque. Admire the impressive buildings and structures of the former city state, including the Temple of the Foliated Cross and Temple of the Sun in the stunning Temple of the Cross group of step pyramids. Return to San Cristóbal at the end of the day for drop off at a central location.

Sumidero National Park Full-Day Trip from Tuxtla Gutiérrez

10. Sumidero National Park Full-Day Trip from Tuxtla Gutiérrez

Embark on amazing experience to Sumidero National Park. Explore Sumidero Canyon and the town of Chiapa de Corzo on this 9-hour tour from San Cristobal. Begin with a 45 minute drive through the mountains, along a scenic highway toward Tuxtla Gutierrez. Admire the beautiful panoramic views as you pass through the clouds to reach the canyon. The tour continues with a boat trip, as you marvel at the immense Sumidero Canyon from another perspective. After taking in this stunning natural scenery, you’ll visit the magical town of Chiapa de Corzo, known for its magnificent 16th-century Mudéjar Fountain, with its colorful xicalpestles (lacquered and painted gourds). It’s also home to Parachico revelers, the main attraction at the Fiesta of San Sebastián (only in January). After the visit you’ll continue on the drive, enjoying breathtaking views of the Sumidero Canyon from several lookout points, including the Ceiba, the Coyota, the Roblar, the Tepehuaje and the Chiapa. These locations allow you to admire the grandeur of the canyon as well as the flora and fauna.  

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We had a very nice guide - Miguel. Even though the tour was announced as in Spanish he spoke Spanish and English (the guide at the raft did speak only Spanish - so be aware you will not understand everything if you don’t speak Spanish) and did a great job to integrate everyone. The waterfalls are beautiful- we had 2 hours. I would have liked more time but it was enough to go all the way up and down again taking our time taking photos. Others didn’t go all the way or went down by zip line. I loved the lakes - after a quick lunch we went on an almost 1 1/2 hour rafting tour on the first beautiful lake which included a 10 minute detour to a smaller lake. I liked the information he gave about the lake. Afterwards, we went to the border with Guatemala to see two other lakes. I found we had ample time to see and enjoy everything. The drive is very long though. We only got back at 9.30 pm, so I was glad, we didn’t get cut short on the sights

This tour is amazing, if you pass by San Cristobal you have to do it! It's an incredible occasion to know more about indigenous communities. The tour guide is very well planned, really nice also the second part of the tour where they bring you in the weaving mill and let you taste some local drink/food. You will be really lucky if you have Rodrigo as a guide, he's great at translating everything for you in English and Spanish at the same time and his knowledge is unbelievable! Would do it again if I could!

Great ruins in the middle of the jungle. We saw monkeys close by. We were 14 on the tour (bus) but only three who had booked a guide so we were a small group at the ruins. the guide was brilliant, he made the Mayan city come to life and he helped us find and photograph the monkeys. There was a breakfast buffet at the beginning of the tour which was helpful because we left too early to have breakfast at our hotels/hostels

We kwamen sochtends toe aan het ado station ipv de luchthaven maar dit was geen enkel probleem en we werden daar mooi op tijd opgehaald door een enthousiaste chaufeur Saoul. Hij sprak enkel spaans maar kon vertalen met z’n telefoon. De tocht door Sumidero was prachtig, en Saoul maakte duidelijke afspraken met ons over het trefpunt in Chiapa de Corzo, waar hij ook stipt op tijd verscheen. We zouden dit iedereen aanraden!

Great activity. Amazing Canyon and great vibe from the professionals. Very nice!