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San Cristóbal de las Casas

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Sumidero Canyon Excursion from San Cristobal de las Casas

1. 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.

San Cristóbal: Agua Azul, Misol Ha & Palenque Experience

2. San Cristóbal: Agua Azul, Misol Ha & Palenque Experience

Starts by leaving your hotel in San Cristóbal de Las Casas. Head to the famous and spectacular Agua Azul waterfalls, but before that, make a stop in the charming town of Ocosingo, where you can enjoy a delicious local breakfast if you wish (not included). Arrive at the majestic Agua Azul waterfalls, where you have the opportunity to walk, admire, and capture the best photographs of this amazing landscape. Its impressive turquoise color and the large amount of vegetation that surrounds it will leave you breathless. Continuing with your fantastic adventure, venture to discover the majestic Misol-Ha waterfall, an imposing waterfall of over 25 meters high that leave you breathless. Admire its beauty surrounded by lush vegetation, where tall trees will embrace you with their shade. Enjoy the impressive Archaeological Zone of Palenque, home to one of the most fascinating civilizations in history! Explore this majestic place, walking at your own pace and admiring each of its impressive constructions. Let yourself be captivated by the mysterious atmosphere that surrounds these ancient temples, marvel at their detailed engravings and discover the secrets that have survived through the centuries. Also have time to have your meals to have energy to finish this unforgettable adventure. (Meals not included) At the end of the day, drop off passengers who decide to end their trip at the Ado Palenque bus station. (Bus ticket not included), then begin the return trip to San Cristobal. To conclude this adventure, drop you off at "Cafetería Al Grano" in the city center, in front of the central park, so that you can return to your accommodation on your own to rest and enjoy the unforgettable memories that your mind and heart have created with this wonderful trip.

Chamula and Zinacantán Day Trip from San Cristóbal

3. 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.

From San Cristóbal: Agua Azul and Palenque Day Trip

4. 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.

San Cristóbal: Sumidero Canyon and Chiapa de Corzo Tour

5. San Cristóbal: Sumidero Canyon and Chiapa de Corzo Tour

Experience the breathtaking views of Sumidero Canyon on a day tour from San Cristóbal de Las Casas. Admire the canons from some wonderful viewpoints, journey through the canyon on a boat ride, and explore the charming town of Chiapa de Corzo. Start with pickup from your hotel and travel by air-conditioned bus to some of the best viewpoints of the Sumidero Canyon. Enjoy the panoramic views of this vast geological wonder. Then, embark on a 90-minute boat trip through the canyon. Marvel at the imposing canyon walls and the rich biodiversity of flora and fauna that can be found in the area. After the boat trip head to the quaint town of Chiapa de Corzo. Enjoy 1 hour of free time to wander through its charming streets, visit the local cathedral, and browse for local textiles and crafts at the many stalls in the town. Finally, board the bus and relax on the return journey to San Cristóbal.

San Cristobal:Sumidero Canyon, Chiapa de Corzo and Miradores

6. San Cristobal:Sumidero Canyon, Chiapa de Corzo and Miradores

Departure at 9:00 am at the reception of your hotel and transfer to the canyon of the sumidero that forms the Grijalva river, a boat trip with a duration of 2 hrs in the canyon of the sumidero where you can appreciate species of flora and fauna native to the region. Continuing with the tour and we head to the ancient city of Chiapa de Corzo founded in 1528 by Captain Diego de Mazariegos, we will visit a Mudejar style fountain built in the sixteenth century, continuing with our tour we will visit some of the 5 viewpoints that make up the Sumidero Canyon, to finish the tour we move to San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas. The rest of the afternoon at leisure. Back to the colonial city of San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas at approximately 5:00 pm.

Montebello Lakes and Chiflon Day Tour from San Cristobal

7. 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.

From San Cristobal: Sumidero Canyon & Chiapa de Corzo Tour

8. From San Cristobal: Sumidero Canyon & Chiapa de Corzo Tour

Venture into the stunning Sumidero Canyon aboard a boat, giving you the opportunity to discover the lush flora and fauna of the place, including crocodiles, monkeys, and birds in their natural habitat. After this amazing tour, take you to the beautiful Colonial City of Chiapa de Corzo, where you can explore and buy local handicrafts. Immerse yourself in the culture and history of this magical town and let yourself be carried away by its charm. Finally, return to San Cristóbal de las Casas to get dropped off, with your heart full of memories and your mind full of new experiences.

Sumidero National Park Full-Day Trip from San Cristobal

9. 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.

San Cristóbal: Sumidero Canyon, Viewpoints & Chiapa de Corzo

10. San Cristóbal: Sumidero Canyon, Viewpoints & Chiapa de Corzo

This fun journey begins by meeting at "Al Grano" Café located in front of the central park in downtown San Cristóbal de Las Casas to board the tourist transportation and begin our journey. Upon arriving in Tuxtla, we will start by visiting the magnificent viewpoints of the Sumidero Canyon to appreciate its majesty from another perspective. We will tour two of the main viewpoints. We will then head to the dock to sail and admire the impressive geology of the Sumidero Canyon through the Grijalva River, where we can also observe the diversity of flora and fauna (crocodiles, monkeys, and countless birds). Later, we will head to the Colonial City of Chiapa de Corzo where you will have time to visit, tour each place at your own pace, and buy beautiful local handicrafts. To conclude this adventure, we will take the passengers back to San Cristóbal de Las Casas, dropping you off at the "Al Grano" Café in the city center in front of the central park, so you can return to your lodging on your own to rest and enjoy the unforgettable memories that your mind and heart created with this wonderful trip.

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What people are saying about San Cristóbal de las Casas

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 230 reviews

Really good experience! The Canyon is an absolutely stunning natural wonder - we even saw wild crocodile from the boat. It is a bit of a drive to the viewpoints and the point where you board the boat but that is to be expected when visiting more remote nature. Gracias 🙏🏽

Belisario reached out the day before to confirm the trip, which I really appreciated, as our pick up time was very early in the morning. He was prompt and on-time. He was kind. We got to the airport with plenty of time to spare!

Very beautiful places to visit. In particular the archaeological area of Palenque. Right times. The driver was very good despite the road being full of curves.

Great trip. De bus was better than other bus trips we had done in San Cristobal. Be prepared for bumpy roads, but our driver was very careful! Would recommend.

The driver was very punctual and friendly. Very beautiful and authentic places which in my opinion can only be reached with a tour.