Chiapas has diverse and impressive natural landscapes, difficult to stay with a corner in particular. The Sumidero Canyon is one of these corners where you can enjoy the overwhelming nature of this state.

El Sumidero Canyon is one of the landscapes that nobody wants to miss out on Chiapas. Declared a National Park since 1980, it is one of the Chiapas icons. There are several ways to visit it, the most usual is to visit it by boat. We are going to know all the possibilities so that you can enjoy your way the beautiful Sumidero canyon.

Sumidero Canyon, Chiapas, Mexico


The closest population to Sumidero Canyon with the most popular jetty is Chiapa de Corzo, Magic Town of Mexico. A pleasant place to take a walk among souvenir and handicraft shops that are concentrated around the central park, where the fountain known as La Pila or La Corona is made of Mudejar-style red brick.

On the road that connects Tuxla Gutiérrez and San Cristóbal de las Casas, there are several jetties and viewpoints from which to take a boat tour or look out over the vertiginous views of the canyon.

If you are staying in San Cristóbal de las Casas the agencies offer you tours to Chiapa de Corzo and the Canyon, besides the tour of the viewpoints, where you can contemplate the Sumidero Canyon from 5 viewpoints.

Book tour for the Sumidero Canyon

Boat tour to Sumidero Canyon, Chiapas, Mexico
Chiapa de Corzo, Chiapas, Mexico.
The Stack, built in 1562

Tour in the Sumidero Canyon

El tour It will take you through vertiginous defiles of walls that reach the 1.000 meters of altitude until finishing the route in the hydroelectric dam of Manuel Moreno Torres or Chicoasén, one of the most powerful in America. The construction of this dam made this part of the Grijalva River navigable.

The route of 3 hours by the river has established stops: one is in the Christmas tree and the other one Cave of Silence, where an image of the venerated Virgin of Guadalupe welcomes us, as in so many places in Mexico. In addition to these stops, on the way you must pay attention to crocodiles and monkeys, among other animals not so easy to observe. 

Sumidero Canyon, Chiapas, Mexico.
Spider monkey, Chiapas, Mexico
Spider monkey on one of the banks of the river
Crocodile, Chiapas, Mexico
Cascada del Sumidero waterfall, Chiapas, Mexico
Spectacular waterfall Sumidero Canyon, Chiapas, Mexico

El Sumidero Canyon it has magic, I have no doubt about that, the place is solemn. And although many are delighted with the boat excursion, the truth is that it makes me somewhat bland. I was left with the desire to do Hiking by the Park or to cross it not by boat, but stopping in the different viewpoints of the highway Starting from Tuxla Gutiérrez, travel the 23 kilometers bordering the Canyon, with different viewpoints from where you have amazing views.

Chiapas, the Sumidero canyon. Mexico.


In Chiapa de Corzo you find accommodations for all budgets. I leave a link with hotel offers for your travel days. Chiapa de Corzo is very close to the international airportIt is a good place to finish your trip through Chiapas if you return from the airport home.
Chiapas, the Sumidero canyon. Mexico.

The worst of the Sumidero Canyon

It is a pity that the Sumidero Canyon be so dirty, the Grijalva River ends up picking up in the form of swirls of shit those waste that we generate. If in nature we see many of our tracks, something bad we are doing, but there we continue to generate shit and more shit.

Even to our regret the Sumidero Canyon It is an amazing place that will continue to receive visitors wanting to be impregnated with its beauty.

How to visit the Sumidero canyon, useful information 1

The Sumidero canyon, nature

LOCATION: the Sumidero canyon is located 5 km from Tuxla Gutiérrez.
SCHEDULES OF THE BOATS AND PRICES:  From 8 to 16 hours you will find the piers open from where the excursions depart. 200 MXN per person.
BOATERS: en Chiapa de Corzo (declared Magic Town of Mexico) and in Cahuaré (Closer to Tuxla and offers shorter trips). The boats are from 12 to 15 people.
HOW TO GET IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION? From Tuxla Gutiérrez There are combis to Chiapa de Corzo and Cahuaré. Since San Cristóbal de las Casas You must grab a combi direction Tuxla and stop at the bridge (the driver knows), where you cross and grab another combi towards Chiapa de Corzo.
HOW TO VISIT THE SUMIDERO CANYON? Most do they do it in hired excursion from San Cristóbal de las Casas or from Tuxla. The price is similar to if you do it on your own. Another way to do it is traveling by car o combi the road that runs alongside and stop at its viewpoints. THE ROAD AND ITS VIEWPOINTS: there are 5 viewpoints. The first one is 23 km from Tuxtla, La Ceiba. Then follow La Coyota, El Tepehuaje, El Roblar and Los Chiapa, which is the highest and has a restaurant.
WHAT TO BRING? Sunscreen and a hat and sunglasses to protect you from the sun. It is possible that in the boat you get wet a little, so comfortable and light clothing, and a change to change if necessary.

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Sandra Salvadó Training photographer, traveler by vocation and certified tourism guide by the Government of Mexico. We promote natural wonders and contemporary Mayan culture. Great fan of pre-Hispanic history. Author of the blog and co-founder of The Shortest Path Travel, agency that guides you through alternative paths in Mayan lands. Social and sustainable tourism in the Yucatan Peninsula and Chiapas.
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