Cañón del Sumidero, Chiapas

Sunday = tourday!

Located approximate on hour with bus from San Crístobal de las Casas is the Cañón del Sumidero, or the Sumidero Canyon to be found. The canyon stretches for 13 kilometres and has vertical walls that measures up to 1000 meters above sea level.

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The river that separate these stone walls from eachoter is Rio Grijalva, or Río Chiapa as it is called in this region. In the northern end of the canyon is the dam Chicoasén located, a very important resource for the power generation in the region.

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The canyon also have a very rich fauna. During the tour we saw monkeys, crocodiles and birds in all colors and sizes. These two fellows had only lived here for seven months and where relocated here from a rescuecentre.

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El arból de Navidad- the Christmas tree. These formations have been created due to the waterfall that was to be seen above, and the humidity that it causes.

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Furthermore, the guide told us that they had a servere problem with pollution of the river. The river starts in Guatemala and is as most narrow at one certain point in the canyon where all trash and logs get stuck. Hence, the government are at the moment running a ”cleaning campaign”, but how it is going was not reviled for us,

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Even if we have not seen much of Chiapas, I am truly in love with its lanscape. Endless lush and green hills and mountains. We are heading down to the cost again tonight, but hopefully this was not my last visit to this region.

 

 

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