Set in four municipalities in Chiapas, Sumidero Canyon will surprise you with its nearly vertical walls inhabited by numerous especies. No one can leave Mexico without visit it!
This park is located in the municipalities of Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapa de Corzo, Nuevo Usumacinta and San Fernando in the state of Chiapas. It was declared National Park on 8 December 1980. It covers an area of 21,789 hectares. Its steep canyon walls and forest vegetation reaches up to 1,000 meters high allowing the presence of micro environments with different climates in the region.
Jungle in Sumidero Canyon is medium or small; there are oaks and pastures, monkey spider have their habitat here; there are also anteaters and curassow, among other neotropical species.
There are two classic ways to make a tour at the Sumidero Canyon. One is a round trip to the dam of Chicoasén, which is 30 kilometers from Chiapa de Corzo. The crossing of the canyon that imprisons the Grijalva River is one of the most spectacular of Mexico. In its nearly vertical walls you can find caves, such as “la de colores” (Colors cave), and waterfalls, such as the so called “Árbol de Navidad” (Christmas tree waterfall). Here there are a lot of birds and monkeys, and on the banks of the river you can observe crocodiles. The length of the canyon, from the bridge to the Chicoasén Dam, is 32 km and its width varies from 200 to 2000 m.
Here you can also enjoy the scenery that offers many viewpoints, which also have facilities for camping or take a picnic.
How to go there: you can arrive by car, taking the road from Tuxtla Gutierrez to the viewpoints of the Canyon. Also at the Museum of Anthropology you can board on a bus that takes you to the lookout Los Chiapa. If you want you can visit the Manuel Alvarez del Toro Zoo (ZooMAT), which is on the way.