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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.

Sumidero National Park Full-Day Trip from Tuxtla Gutiérrez

2. 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.  

Sumidero Canyon Excursion from San Cristobal de las Casas

3. 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.

Palenque: Agua Azul, Misol-Ha and Palenque Ruins Day Tour

4. Palenque: Agua Azul, Misol-Ha and Palenque Ruins Day Tour

Enjoy some of the most stunning sites in Chiapas and explore its many treasures on this exciting day tour. Start off at the Palenque Archeological Site exploring the rich Mayan past before heading to the natural beauties surrounding the area. Travel from Palenque City to the fascinating Palenque Archeological Site named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO due to its immense historic and cultural richness. Spend a few hours here exploring the remains of one of the capital cities of the Mayan empire. From the Palenque Ruins, make your way to the impressive Misol-Ha Cascade, which drops from a staggering 25 meters. Relax with the majestic sounds of cascading water washing over you. After Misol-ha, go to the beautiful Agua Azul Cascades, one of Mexico's most stunning natural attractions. Marvel at the clear blues of the water and relax or opt for an invigorating dip in the large ponds formed by the waterfalls.

Yaxchilan & Bonampak Ruins and Lacandon Jungle from Palenque

5. Yaxchilan & Bonampak Ruins and Lacandon Jungle from Palenque

Benefit from early morning pick-up at your hotel in Palenque, and drive to the ancient Mayan archaeological site of Bonampak, first seen by non-Mayans in 1946. Upon arrival, get 2 hours to explore the site and look at its famous murals. Enjoy a breakfast buffet on the road, and venture into the lush green rainforest of the Lacandon Jungle. Declared a natural monument on August 21, 1992, the forest extends over some 4,357 hectares and is still inhabited by the Lacandon Maya people. Encounter refreshing streams and marvel at the endemic flora and fauna of the dense countryside. Upon your departure from Bonampak, take a 30-minute drive towards the frontier town of Frontera Corozal. Then, take a 1-hour boat trip to the hidden ruins of Yaxchilan, also known as "The City of Green Stones.” Once one of the most powerful Maya states along the Usumacinta River, the site is known for its decorative walls and the ruins of “The Labyrinth,” a temple with rooms spread over 3 levels and linked by interior stairways.  Get 2 hours to explore the complex and unravel some of the mysteries of its palaces, temples and public plazas. Then, journey back to Palenque and get dropped off at your hotel at the end of the tour services.

From San Cristóbal: Agua Azul and Palenque Day Trip

6. From San Cristóbal: Agua Azul and Palenque Day Trip

Following pick-up from your hotel in San Cristóbal de las Casas, head towards the ancient Maya city of Palenque and stop at the amazing waterfalls of Agua Azul along the way. Gaze in awe at the cascades, formed by the currents of the Otulún, Shumuljá and Tulijá rivers and shallow canyons banked by vertical cliffs. Get the chance to cool down with a swim, time permitting, and marvel at the different areas and landscapes of the natural wonder. Continue to the waterfalls of Misol-Ha, where the water can rise to heights of up to 30 meters in the natural rainforest surroundings. Then, discover the ruins of the Maya civilization at the archaeological site of Palenque. Admire the impressive buildings and structures of the former city state, including the Temple of the Foliated Cross and Temple of the Sun in the stunning Temple of the Cross group of step pyramids. Return to San Cristóbal at the end of the day for drop off at a central location.

Agua Azul, Misol-Ha & Palenque Ruins

7. Agua Azul, Misol-Ha & Palenque Ruins

Enjoy the stunning Chiapas state and explore its many treasures on this exciting day tour. Travel from San Cristobal to the beautiful Agua Azul Cascades, one of Mexico's most stunning natural attractions. Marvel at the clear blues of the water and relax to a breakfast of tasty regional dishes. After breakfast, opt for a invigorating dip in the large ponds formed by the waterfalls. From Agua Azul, make your way to the impressive Misol-Ha Cascade, which drops from a staggering 25 meters. Relax before this beautiful natural wonder and let the majestic sounds of cascading water wash over you. After Misol-Ha, head over to the fascinating Palenque Archeological Site, named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO due to its immense historic and cultural richness. Spend a few hours here exploring the remains of one of the capital cities of the Mayan empire. The tour will end in Palenque at 17:00, and you will have time to enjoy a dinner before the journey back to San Cristobal at 21:30.

Chamula and Zinacantán Day Trip from San Cristóbal

8. Chamula and Zinacantán Day Trip from San Cristóbal

Learn more about the everyday lives and ancient beliefs of the indigenous Tzotzil Maya people on an amazing day trip from San Cristóbal de las Casas. Travel in air-conditioned comfort to the town of San Juan Chamula to get a better understanding of the mix of contemporary culture and ancient traditions that gives the town its unique aspect. Continue to Zinacantán, where the majority of the population are Tzotzil Maya indigenous people. Visit the church and the home of a family co-operative, where you will be welcomed with a regional drink and can watch the women at work on pre-Columbian waist looms. Get invited into their kitchen to taste their traditional handmade tortillas before the return journey to San Cristóbal de las Casas.

Montebello Lakes and Chiflon Day Tour from San Cristobal

9. 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.

Sumidero Canyon & Chiapa de Corzo: Day Tour from Tuxtla

10. Sumidero Canyon & Chiapa de Corzo: Day Tour from Tuxtla

Jump aboard a boat and enjoy a leisurely 2-hour boat along the steep edges of the canyon as you see stunning waterfalls, beautiful caves, and amazing cliffs roll out before you. Make your way slowly to the spectacular Sumidero Canyon, whose colorful waters drop from walls over 4,000 feet high. After finishing your boat ride, head over to Chiapa de Corzo, once the first colonial city founded by Spanish conquistadores, and now a typical Mexican town with a selection of great regional cuisine. After your meal, take a walk to the city's central fountain to admire the outstanding mudejar-style brickwork and enjoy a beverage before the end of the tour.

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What people are saying about Chiapas

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 297 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

Great ruins in the middle of the jungle. We saw monkeys close by. We were 14 on the tour (bus) but only three who had booked a guide so we were a small group at the ruins. the guide was brilliant, he made the Mayan city come to life and he helped us find and photograph the monkeys. There was a breakfast buffet at the beginning of the tour which was helpful because we left too early to have breakfast at our hotels/hostels

We kwamen sochtends toe aan het ado station ipv de luchthaven maar dit was geen enkel probleem en we werden daar mooi op tijd opgehaald door een enthousiaste chaufeur Saoul. Hij sprak enkel spaans maar kon vertalen met z’n telefoon. De tocht door Sumidero was prachtig, en Saoul maakte duidelijke afspraken met ons over het trefpunt in Chiapa de Corzo, waar hij ook stipt op tijd verscheen. We zouden dit iedereen aanraden!

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!

Great activity. Amazing Canyon and great vibe from the professionals. Very nice!