El Sumidero Travel Guide

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El Sumidero Things to Do

  • Snowy Egrets

    In the Canon del Sumidero we did also see some snowy egrets.Thank you Rosalie (aka grandmaR) for correcting my tip, I have no problem with that at all, as I am not a real bird specialist.At first I thought that this was a cattle egret, as I must say that on almost every trip I made, I did see cattle egrets. I have seen them in Europe, Egypt, South...

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  • Birds in the sky

    It was great to see those birds flying high in the sky. So whenever you visit the Canon del Sumidero, do not forget to look up. Otherwise you would miss part of the natural spectacle.To me it was a great experience visiting this Canon del Sumidero.

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  • Small waterfall

    I have already told you about the formation of the Christmas tree.So it was formed by a small waterfall, see picture. It was really small; it looked like bride's veil (I believe that is the name of a waterfall in Yosemite National Pak in the US).It was small, but anyway big enough to make this bizarre Christmas tree formation, and to make us all...

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  • Christmas tree

    Another touristy spot in the Canon del Sumidero is the Christmas tree.At this spot there is a small waterfall. And because of this waterfall and due to erosion, a strange from has been created by nature.And from a distance and with a little bit of imagination you can see a beautiful, big Christmas tree,And och yes the small waterfall is still...

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  • Virgin de Guadalupe

    There was also a sacred spot in the Canon del Sumidero.It was a cave with a statue of the Holy Virgin of Guadalupe. The cave was colourfully decorated.And on the name day of the Holy Virgin, the locals all come here by boat to pray and to honour the Virgin.

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  • Traggic spot

    While we visited the Canon del Sumidero, our guide stopped the boat near a very high canon wall.Over here the canon wall was more then 1000 metres deep, (or high).And many, many years ago at this place something terrible happened. As many members of a local Maya tribe, included women and children, jumped of the cliff. They rather were dead then to...

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  • Pelican

    We did see many different birds while we visited the Canon de Sumidero. In fact it was kind of strange that there are so many birds here, with all that busy traffic of noisy speed boats and herds of tourists. Maybe it is because of the food, that birds can find here.High in a tree we did see a pelican. He looked a bit lonely . . .

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  • Big Crocodiles ? ? ?

    We had all read in our Mexico guidebook that there were big crocodiles in the Canon Del Sumidero.Of course we were hoping to see a big one.Well it was a bit disappointing as we only did see a baby crocodile, and not a real big one.But on the other hand, we should not complain, as we did see a crocodile, as we met a group later on our trip, who also...

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  • Enjoying the sun

    This group of black vultures are enjoying the heat of the sun, maybe they need to dry their wings . . .

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  • Cormorants

    We stopped a second time in order to observe a group of Cormorants. They were sitting on a branch that was hanging over the water.

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  • Black Vultures

    I already told you that the scenery was magnificent.But there was more to see then only the landscape. The boat also stopped several times in order to observe the animals that live in this Canon del Sumidero.The first time we stopped to look at a group of Black Vultures.

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  • Lots of garbage

    The scenery was breathtaking.Only it was a pity that there was so much garbage floating around near the boarders of the river.There were lots of empty plastic bottles and tin cans. I can not believe that this garbage was left here by tourists. I more believe that most of this garbage is of locals who live further up river, and which do throw their...

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  • At high speed

    Once we al were seated in the boat, the captain of the boat headed his speed boat into the Canon.This Canon del Sumidero is the result of the carving of the Rio Grijalva since many years. At some places the cliffs reach a height of more then 1500 metres.It was a very impressive experience.

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  • The Christmas Tree

    Check out this lovely waterfall in the form of a Christmas Tree :). The droplets just look amazing falling down along the path, especially when the sunlight hits it at just the right angle.

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  • The actual Gorge and the Rio Grijalva

    This Gorge (cañon) is at one point over 1,000 meters high and the river's debt gets to about 200 meters below water level too. The Rio Grijalva has its roots in Guatemala and ends at the Gulf of Mexico, crossing through Mexico.

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El Sumidero Transportation

  • How to get to El Sumidero

    We reached El Sumidero from Tehuantepec on the way to San Cristobal de las Casas. The distance is about 300 km (185th and 190th National Roads). The road between Tehuantepec and San Pedro Tapantepec spread along the valley close to the Pacific Ocean. Then it went to the cliffs rising up to 900m, descending down to 500m, rising up 1050m once again...

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  • ways to go

    If you decide to take the boat tour you must go to Chiapa de Corzo, in Tuxtla Gutierrez there are minivans which takes you there for around 10 pesos(1 USD). Once there the boat tour takes 90 minutes but you will take the boat until the total amount of seat are sold.If you go by car to see the canyon from the top, take a taxi, the entrance to the...

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  • To ''embarcadero''

    The easyest way to go to the canyon is to get a minibus in Tuxtla Gutierez. There are two companys running regular service: Transportes Chiapa-Tuxtla (2a Avenida Sur Ote, 2 blocks sout-east from Plaza Civica) and Gomez y Castellanos Minibuses (3a Avenid Sur Ote, 3 blocks south-east from Plaza Civica),You can go to Chiapa De Corzo and board on a...

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El Sumidero Shopping

  • Sumidero Shopping

    Historically, the dominant indigenous ethnicity has been the Zoques and there are still Zoque communities in the municipality.Most commerce is small stores and commercial centers for local needs and some for tourism. Services include hotels, auto repair and professional services.Mexican handcrafts and folk art is a complex collection of items made...

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  • Postcards

    There was a small shop selling postcards and local handicraft.There were also some small indian girls selling small souvenirs. Some beautiful postcards with special views from the Canon del Sumidero. a few pesos

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  • El Sumidero Hotels

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El Sumidero Warnings and Dangers

  • Beware of getting cold in the Canyon!

    Though it was a warm and pleasant winter day in January with +25C in the morning (on the Pacific ocean level at Tehuantepec) when we got to El Sumidero (at about 1000m high) and entered the Canyon surrounded by 1000m cliffs without sun and covered by clouds and in a boat rushing with the speed about 40 km/h I was sorry that I didn't put on a jacket...

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  • Beware of drowning in the Grijalva...

    Take a personal flotation device or PFD (buoyancy aid or foam core) to keep afloat if a boat turns over. You will be alive for sometime until American crocodiles get sight you, haha!

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  • Pollution problems

    I was unpleasantly surprised when I saw a lot of debris floating in the river.When I came back home I found out that the park borders Tuxtla Gutiérrez, the state’s largest city, which has caused problems with human encroachment and settlement on park land. More importantly, the urban areas and logging areas upstream from the canyon have caused...

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El Sumidero Tourist Traps

  • More of Sumidero

    I already said that this is KIND OF a tourist trap. It was and it wasn't. A dam was built to hold the water back so that boats filled with tourists can flow through multiple times a day. It is lovely, but in hindsight, I wish that I had chosen an alternative activity. Plus it is a SCHLEP to get there. The waterfalls are outstanding, but more so in...

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  • Only full boat!

    If you are traveling in a smaller group, you may have to wait that enough people accoure. The boats depart only when they are ful. The minimum is 10 people. When you plan a visit to the canyon include (just in case) some 2 hours extra waiting. We waited more than 1 hour.

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

El Sumidero Off The Beaten Path

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    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jun 24, 2012

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    Chiapa De Corzo is a small, historic town sitting on the bank of the Grijalva River fifteen kilometers from Tuxtla Gutiérrez and close to the Sumidero Canyon. We had been told that the town has some interesting offerings beside the canyon for the interested traveler. The central park has shops selling traditional Mexican handicrafts and local pottery surrounding it and there are two historic old churches, one in ruins and one still in use.
    When our tourist group was going shopping I visited a small church (don’t know its name).

    You can watch my photo of El Sumidero on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 16° 44' 25.09" N 93° 1' 52.77" W or on my Google Earth Panoramio Chiapa De Corzo Church .

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  • Christmas Tree Falls

    Of the various seasonal waterfalls, the best known is the Árbol de Navidad (Christmas Tree). The “branches” of the Árbol are made by deposits from the waterfall which have are then covered in moss. During the rainy season, when the waterfall is active, the water and the light changes the colors of the “branches” and makes the formation stand out...

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  • Cueva de Colores

    The walls of the canyon contain small caves, rock formations and other notable features. The best known of the area’s caves is the Cueva de Colores (Cave of Colors). This cave gets its name from the filtration of magnesium, potassium and other minerals which form colors on the walls, especially shades of pink. It contains an image of the Virgin of...

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  • American Griffons

    Birds are the most common type of animal in the park with about 195 species documented. Six of these species are threatened and seventeen are subject to special protection. One threatened bird species in the park if the great Curassow (Crax rubra). Relatively abundant species include Actitus macularia, Dendrocygna autumnalis, Egretta caerulea,...

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