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San Cristóbal de las Casas Nature & adventure

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Sumidero National Park Full-Day Trip from San Cristobal

1. Sumidero National Park Full-Day Trip from San Cristobal

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. 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 local flora and fauna.

Montebello Lakes and Chiflon Day Tour from San Cristobal

2. 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.

San Cristobal: Chiflon Waterfalls & Montebello Day Tour

3. San Cristobal: Chiflon Waterfalls & Montebello Day Tour

Start this full-day adventure into the wilderness of Chiapas with a morning pick-up from your hotel in San Cristobal. Drive to the impressive El Chiflon Waterfalls near the colonial city of Comitan, and hike an approximate 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 5 to 7 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 San Cristobal for a drop off at your hotel, or the Zocalo (Plaza 31 de Marzo) if you prefer.

Sumidero Canyon & Chiapa de Corzo from San Cristobal

4. 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.  

Las Nubes Waterfalls & Comitan Magical Town

5. Las Nubes Waterfalls & Comitan Magical Town

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, the water falls and then we have a walking tour through the nature to the side of the river going up to the hill for  interesting panoramic views of the  Santo Domingo River (2hrs). Look out upon this mystical setting from a vantage point that is almost 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 we will have time to eat food (lunch)  and then continue with the  visit of  Comitan Magical Town (1.3 hrs). After the visit,the tour will will continue back to San Cristobal, where you will be dropped off at your hotel. 

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What people are saying about San Cristóbal de las Casas

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 40 reviews

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

Punctual pickup, nice chauffeur, good guide, regular information about the trip. 2 viewpoints visited with great views. The 2 hour boat trip through the Canon is a highlight. Immediately again. It is good to visit the canon from above and below!

What a magical experience and would recommend to anyone. Everyone from our hotel pickup, translator to our boat driver were all just excellent. Plan to return next May and will for sure book this experience for my mom. A+++++++++ all the way!

the guide-driver was very friendly and very informative and explained to us what was necessary about the places where we went as well as his recommendations of what to take and what to leave in the van, the transportation was very comfortable

Very professional, fun activities, very worthwhile. We were given an english guide who was really nice and extremely helpful, and made sure we got the most out of the day