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Sumidero National Park Full-Day Trip from Tuxtla Gutiérrez

1. 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.  

Sumidero Canyon & Chiapa de Corzo: Day Tour from Tuxtla

2. 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 Gutierrez: Palenque Ruins Day Tour with Breakfast

3. Tuxtla Gutierrez: Palenque Ruins Day Tour with Breakfast

Discover the stunning state of Chiapas and some of its natural and archeological treasures on this day trip. Admire stunning waterfalls at Agua Azul and the Misol-Ha cascade, and stop for a filling breakfast. Take a tour of the immense Mayan ruins at Palenque, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After pickup in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, travel to the beautiful Agua Azul Cascades, one of Mexico's most stunning natural attractions. Marvel at the clear blue water and relax over a breakfast of regional dishes. After breakfast, opt for an invigorating dip in the large ponds formed by the waterfalls. From Agua Azul, make your way to the impressive Misol-Ha Cascade, which drops from a staggering 25 meters. Relax beside this beautiful natural wonder and let the thundering sounds of cascading water envelop you. After Misol-Ha, head over to the fascinating Palenque Archeological Site named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO due to its historic and cultural richness. With your guide, spend a few hours exploring the remains of one of the Mayan empire’s capital cities. After the tour, you will have some time in Palenque to enjoy dinner before you are transferred back to your accommodation in Tuxtla Gutiérrez.

Nubes Waterfalls + Comitan Magical Town from Tuxtla Gtz

4. 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. 

Tuxtla Gutiérrez: Chiflon Waterfalls + Montebello Day Tour

5. 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.

Sumidero Canyon, Chiapa de Corzo & San Cristobal Tour

6. 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.

From Tuxtla Gutierrez: Sumidero Canyon & San Cristobal Tour

7. 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!

Tuxtla Gutierrez: Rappelling at Sima del Cielo

8. Tuxtla Gutierrez: Rappelling at Sima del Cielo

Go down to the magical interior of the earth as you go rappelling in a unique ecosystem. Discover the vestiges of one of the oldest cultures in Chiapas and Mesoamerica as you descend into the chasm. Take advantage of stress-free hotel pickup, as you head for Sima del Cielo, near the town of San Fernando Chiapas on the famous Zoque Route. On arrival, marvel at this natural subsidence nestled in a unique ecosystem within a medium jungle. Admire the unique vegetation and strap on your gear as you get ready to rappel. Make a descent by rappelling 40 meters inside the chasm. Take a perimeter tour and admire the vessels and remains of the Zoque culture that once inhabited it. After the descent, enjoy a delicious meal together before the return journey, and drop-off back at your hotel.

Tuxtla Gutiérrez: Sinkhole of Parrots Full-Day Rappel

9. 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.

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What people are saying about Tuxtla Gutierrez

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 46 reviews

The canyon is amazing and this tour provides the added bonus of being able to do a one way trip along it as well as go to some stunning viewpoints. The boat trip was very safe and well organised and the guide was very good, we even saw crocodiles on the river bank. The mini van is standard Mexican fare with minimal seat belts, average air con and lots of people squashed in but was fine'. Would recommend the trip as such an amazing place to visit.

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!

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 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.

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