Canon Sumidero

Trip Start Feb 14, 2009
Trip End Dec 20, 2009

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Hotel Casablanca

Flag of Mexico  , Pacific Coast,
Saturday, March 21, 2009

After a 10 hour overnight bus ride, we arrived in Tuxtla Gutierrez at 7am and got a taxi into town and found a hotel. We were now in the state of Chiapas, a mountainous region of the South that has the highest percentage of indigenous residents out of any state in Mexico. Our reason for the stop was to visit a massive canyon, Canon Sunidero, from a nearby town called Chiapa de Corzo.

We boarded a "launcha" boat, that held 20 turistas. I squeezed myself into the shorter mans leg space and braced myself against the side whenever we bounced over another wake to stop my knees from whacking the seat in front. It shot us up Rio Grijalva, the largest river in Southern Mexico, which starts in Guatemala, flows through Chiapas and Tobasco and into the Gulf of Mexico. Hydro dams on the river provide 25% of Mexico's electricity. The canyon suddenly rose over near vertically 1km on either side of us. We saw two crocidiles basking in the sun on some rocks, they were around 3 metres long. The driver stopped at some significant points along the way and we picked out most of what he said in Spanish. At one large cliff face he said that when the Spanish invaded the region in 1528, some indigenous people hurled themselves off this cliff rather than be ruled by the Spanish. Now some locals "heroically" hurl their rubbish off the cliff in remembrance, a strange way to do it.

A stop well worth it. The next morning we caught a short busride to San Cristobal de las Casas.
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