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San Cristóbal: Sumidero Canyon and Chiapa de Corzo Tour

1. San Cristóbal: Sumidero Canyon and Chiapa de Corzo Tour

Experience the breathtaking views of Sumidero Canyon on a day tour from San Cristóbal de Las Casas. Admire the canons from some wonderful viewpoints, journey through the canyon on a boat ride, and explore the charming town of Chiapa de Corzo. Start with pickup from your hotel and travel by air-conditioned bus to some of the best viewpoints of the Sumidero Canyon. Enjoy the panoramic views of this vast geological wonder. Then, embark on a 90-minute boat trip through the canyon. Marvel at the imposing canyon walls and the rich biodiversity of flora and fauna that can be found in the area. After the boat trip head to the quaint town of Chiapa de Corzo. Enjoy 1 hour of free time to wander through its charming streets, visit the local cathedral, and browse for local textiles and crafts at the many stalls in the town. Finally, board the bus and relax on the return journey to San Cristóbal.

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.

Tuxtla Gutierrez: Sumidero, Chiapa de Corzo and Miradores

3. 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.

San Cristobal:Sumidero Canyon, Chiapa de Corzo and Miradores

4. San Cristobal:Sumidero Canyon, Chiapa de Corzo and Miradores

Departure at 9:00 am at the reception of your hotel and transfer to the canyon of the sumidero that forms the Grijalva river, a boat trip with a duration of 2 hrs in the canyon of the sumidero where you can appreciate species of flora and fauna native to the region. Continuing with the tour and we head to the ancient city of Chiapa de Corzo founded in 1528 by Captain Diego de Mazariegos, we will visit a Mudejar style fountain built in the sixteenth century, continuing with our tour we will visit some of the 5 viewpoints that make up the Sumidero Canyon, to finish the tour we move to San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas. The rest of the afternoon at leisure. Back to the colonial city of San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas at approximately 5:00 pm.

San Cristóbal: Sumidero Canyon, Viewpoints & Chiapa de Corzo

5. San Cristóbal: Sumidero Canyon, Viewpoints & Chiapa de Corzo

This fun journey begins by meeting at "Al Grano" Café located in front of the central park in downtown San Cristóbal de Las Casas to board the tourist transportation and begin our journey. Upon arriving in Tuxtla, we will start by visiting the magnificent viewpoints of the Sumidero Canyon to appreciate its majesty from another perspective. We will tour two of the main viewpoints. We will then head to the dock to sail and admire the impressive geology of the Sumidero Canyon through the Grijalva River, where we can also observe the diversity of flora and fauna (crocodiles, monkeys, and countless birds). Later, we will head to the Colonial City of Chiapa de Corzo where you will have time to visit, tour each place at your own pace, and buy beautiful local handicrafts. To conclude this adventure, we will take the passengers back to San Cristóbal de Las Casas, dropping you off at the "Al Grano" Café in the city center in front of the central park, so you can return to your lodging on your own to rest and enjoy the unforgettable memories that your mind and heart created with this wonderful trip.

From San Cristobal: Sumidero Canyon & Chiapa de Corzo Tour

6. From San Cristobal: Sumidero Canyon & Chiapa de Corzo Tour

Venture into the stunning Sumidero Canyon aboard a boat, giving you the opportunity to discover the lush flora and fauna of the place, including crocodiles, monkeys, and birds in their natural habitat. After this amazing tour, take you to the beautiful Colonial City of Chiapa de Corzo, where you can explore and buy local handicrafts. Immerse yourself in the culture and history of this magical town and let yourself be carried away by its charm. Finally, return to San Cristóbal de las Casas to get dropped off, with your heart full of memories and your mind full of new experiences.

Sumidero National Park Full-Day Trip from San Cristobal

7. 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.

Sumidero National Park Full-Day Trip from Tuxtla Gutiérrez

8. 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.  

From Tuxtla Gutierrez: Sumidero Canyon & San Cristobal Tour

9. 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!

Sumidero Canyon & Chiapa de Corzo from Tuxtla

10. Sumidero Canyon & Chiapa de Corzo from Tuxtla

Explore Sumidero Canyon where you will enjoy a motorboat cruise through the middle of this spectacular canyon, the road descends more than 1500 meters and reaches the Grijalva River. In this national park, it is very often possible to see local wildlife such as crocodiles, spider monkeys, and white and gray herons. Walk around Chiapa de Corzo, distinguished by its exquisite gastronomy, highlighting: the baked cochito, the typical sweets, and its traditional drink called "Pozol"; all of them with very peculiar flavors that will delight you. In its rich craftsmanship, the lacquer, wood carving, and embroidery that can be seen in the colors of the regional costumes of Chiapas and Parachico. This tour may start at Tuxtla Gutierrez hotel or Tuxtla Gutierrez Airport (flight must arrive before 1:00 pm) The drop-off will be in San Cristobal de las Casas hotel.

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What people are saying about Sumidero Canyon

Overall rating

4.5
(104 reviews)

Exactly as described, good organization, relatively long (max 90 minutes) travelling times on partly serpentine roads so be prepared. First two viewpoints, then the 90 minute boat ride, then 90 minutes free time to get food and see that little village, which is pleasent.

Punctuality and good service, reasonable waiting time in the Canyon for the boat excursion, prepared and friendly staff, magnificent experience...!! Thank you so much!

Everything very good would only improve transportation by more modern and comfortable vans, everything else was perfect. Excellent option.

It was great, too bad the guide only spoke Spanish. Luckily some fellow tourists translated.

The trip met expectations, the transport and the guide were kind and accurate.