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Sumidero Canyon Excursion from San Cristobal de las Casas

1. Sumidero Canyon Excursion from San Cristobal de las Casas

Marvel at the majestic walls of the Sumidero Canyon on this 5-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 San Cristóbal: Agua Azul and Palenque Day Trip

2. 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 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.

From San Cristobal: Palenque, Cascadas Agua Azul, & Misol-Ha

4. From San Cristobal: Palenque, Cascadas Agua Azul, & Misol-Ha

Get picked up early in the morning in San Cristobal de las Casas and begin your tour. Stop at a traditional Mexican restaurant and enjoy a delicious breakfast.  After, head to a set of waterfalls named "Cascadas de Agua Azul," created by the currents of the Otulún, Shumuljá, and Tulijá rivers. See shallow canyons with vertical cliffs. Go for a swim and enjoy the different views that surround you.  Continue to the Misol-Ha Waterfalls which are 30 meters high and surrounded by a tropical jungle, making this a beautiful and refreshing place. Then stop at the archaeological site of Palenque where a professional tour guide will accompany you in this historic site. Admire The Palace, The Temple of the Foliated Cross, The Temple of the Sun, and other famous sites in this Mayan city known for its architectural and sculptural heritage. After, reflect on your fun-filled day as you head back to San Cristobal de Las Casas to get dropped off.

Agua Azul & Palenque Ruins: Full-Day Tour from San Cristobal

5. Agua Azul & Palenque Ruins: Full-Day Tour from San Cristobal

Your full-day tour leaves San Cristobal de las Casas for the 90-minute transfer to Agua Azul. When you reach this series of glittering cascades you’ll have free time to immerse yourself in the pools, and later you’ll see Misol Ha, the highest waterfall in Mexico. In the Sierra Madre de Chiapas Mountains you’ll marvel at Agua Azul, a series of cascades and shallow pools of limestone-rich water. You can follow the movement of the water down a series of natural dams to the point where it ends the clear, waist-deep Shumulhá River. During April and May, the dry months, the water is a shimmering blue due the high amount of limestone present. In the rainy season the color is diluted because of the increased volume of water. These beautiful cascades continue on for miles across lush valleys and canyons. The Mayan archaeological site at Palenque is your next stop on the tour. Palenque was a Mayan city-state that flourished during the 7th century. The ruins that have been unearthed date as far back as 226 B.C, with the most recent dating to the fall of Palenque, which occurred around 1123 A.D. Palenque is a medium-sized site, much smaller than some of the major Mayan sites, but it contains some of the finest Mayan architecture, sculpture, and bas-relief carvings found to date.

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!

San Cristóbal de Las Casas: Mayan Chocolate Workshop

7. San Cristóbal de Las Casas: Mayan Chocolate Workshop

It will start at 12:00 p.m. The starting point is from a central point in San Cristóbal de Las Casas. We will hike to get to the place where you will take the chocolate making workshop. First you will learn to differentiate the aromas of cocoa. You will select the best cocoa, so that later you take it to the comal and brown it on its tip. Later you will remove the shell of the cocoa beans, which are used to make different products. You will grind the cocoa beans in an old mill, this will allow you to create a paste, to which you will put hot water to be able to mold it while adding sugar to taste. You will put the Pasta in a mold, you will shake it so that it takes the rectangular shape. The mold with the pasta will be refrigerated. You will taste while your chocolate bar freezes a small cup of chocolate. At the end you will be given your chocolate bar. We finish at the same central point where you started the experience.

Sumidero Canyon & Chiapa de Corzo from San Cristobal

8. Sumidero Canyon & Chiapa de Corzo from San Cristobal

Explore Sumidero Canyon and Chiapa de Corzo on a full-day tour from San Cristobal. Begin with a 45-minute drive through the mountains, along the scenic highway, toward Tuxtla Gutierrez. Pay attention to the beautiful panoramic views as you drive through the clouds to reach the canyon. Arrive at Chiapa de Corzo, an archaeological site of pre-Columbian Mesoamerica. Embark on a boat trip that will take you on a 2-hour ride down the river where the steep walls of the canyon tower overhead. Look out for stunning waterfalls, caves, and dramatic cliffs. You may even glimpse a crocodile, and will definitely see plenty of other natural wildlife, especially birds.   Take your last photos as you make your way back to the dock and get back into the van. From here, make the return trip to San Cristobal, passing along the curvy mountain roads. You will be dropped off in the city center so you can continue your day of sightseeing, shopping, or popping into a local cafe for a fulfilling lunch on your own. From the city center, you can easy walk to your hotel.  

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What people are saying about Chiapas

Great day out from Tuxtla. Managed to see a family of spider monkeys and baby croc. Not many croc today because it was a bit cooler. But that didn’t matter because the scenery was the star of the show. Great to have an English translator for the tour. We even managed a ride to San Cristobal de las Casas at the end of the day with one of the other groups.

Super excursion, admittedly the guide only speaks Spanish but honestly in all the excursions that we have been able to do in Mexico even the guides supposed to speak English did not speak really English so good. The view from the watchtowers is included! Everything was really top notch and well organized I recommend 100%.

The round trip is long, but worth it. The transportation is a van and it takes 5 hours to go, and 5 hours to return, but if you do not have the option of staying in Palenque, and you have to go and return to San Cristobal, it is a great option. You have to consider bringing water, and money for lunch.

Such an incredible experience - Misol Ha and of course Palenque were the highlights. Very friendly driver who got us everywhere right on time and was able to help us with guides or anything else we needed at each stop. Highly recommend!

A long day, but amazing. The 3 visits are all as beautiful as each other! I recommend