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Excursion to the Sumidero Canyon and Chiapa del Corzo

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That morning we decided to dedicate it to another half-day excursion, since in the afternoon I had a visit with Dr. Lobato to see the results of the crops. Therefore, in our visit to San Cristóbal de las Casas, the Montebello lakes day trip and instead we opted for visit the Sumidero canyon.

Bela was in charge of hiring the tour and at nine in the morning they came to look for us to take us there. To get there you have to take the road in the direction of Tuxtla Gutiérrez and while van it traveled the curves, a thick fog covered everything, so that we barely saw what we had a few meters away (we were probably descending and we were going through a large cloud). The day before, while we were walking through San Cristobal, we had met the Anglo-backu woman we met on the coach on the way to San Cristóbal and had explained to us that that day he had visited the Sumidero canyon and had been very hot, so he recommended that we put on sunscreen. However, when I got there it was cloudy and even a little cool.

The microbus left us in the Cahuaré jettyThey gave us a life jacket and we embarked on the boat. The excursion can be done for free. From the same square of the cathedral of San Cristóbal the buses leave there. The bad thing about going on your own is that there is a need for people who also go without a group to fill a boat, since normally the groups fill it all.

The Sumidero canyon is a spectacular crack in the ground that can reach 1,000 meters in some places. In 1981 the Chicoasén dam was completed, which caused the waters to level up and, therefore, the river could be navigated (it used to be just a mountain stream). The journey lasted about two hours and the guide showed us imaginary formations in the stone and showing the animal life of the place: herons, cormorants and alligators ... or crocodiles? Well, I honestly do not remember, what I do remember are the jokes made by the guide in plan: "do not take out your arms or serve as food" and such ... very horny, man.

What I didn't like was the dirt that had floated down the canyon. From what they told us, it was the crap that the last rains had dragged and that they were cleaning, but I had the doubt to know if this is always like this or only sometimes.

The truth is that the excursion is very worth it because the canyon is spectacular, what may not be so worth it is visit Chiapa del Corzo, population they take you to after visiting the canyon. In Chiapa del Corzo you can also hire the boats to go to the canyon, but if you have already visited the canyon the truth is that it has little to offer, at least in the two hours they leave you to visit the city, apart from the Mudejar fountain , the main square and the church, or maybe Chiapa del Corzo offered innumerable attractions to the stranger, but I was not able to appreciate them because it was so hot that I could feel dehydrated. So we went to take refuge in a bar until they spent the two hours of free will they had granted us.

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