Sumidero Canyon is a narrow gorge in Chiapas, Mexico. Formed around the same time as Arizona’s Grand Canyon, Sumidero is home to the Grijalva River and like the Grand Canyon is the center of a national park.
A popular tourist attraction, Sumidero canyon is best experienced via boat since caves and grottoes dot the inside of the canyon walls. This cave, known as Cueva de Colores has been decorated with various religious items, candles and flowers. In the dry season, the ladder sits on a small sandbar and locals come to pay their respects and make offerings. Cueva de Colores is only one of these caves along the route. The park also has look outs and hiking trails, if the water isn’t your thing. Definitely stay out of the water. In addition to various fish, there is also a significant population of American crocodiles.
The scenery is absolutely breath taking though. Chiapas is still densely vegetated, so despite many years of difficult political situations, the area still holds many natural wonders.
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IF YOU GO: Mexico holidays have a little something for everyone. Chiapas is a bit more off the beaten path, but there are still plenty of creature comforts to be had. Sumidero Canyon is not too far from the famed Mayan ruins of Palenque, and make a great stop from San Cristobal de Las Casas, another popular site in Chiapas. The area is most popular with Mexican tourists, but each year more and more foreigners come through. It’s become a popular destination for rock climbers, spelunking, rappelling and mountain biking. Like anywhere else in the world, you should thoroughly check your equipment before you go!