Tuxtla Gutierrez + San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas – Deep gorge

The Rio Grijalva canyon is up to 1000 m deep. In 1527 2,000 Chiapa-Maya pounced from the steep rock faces into the voluntary death to escape enslavement by the Spaniards, who burnt their leader to death before. In the Cañon de Sumidero there are turtles, river crocodiles and numerous waterfowls. One either takes a boat from Chiapa de Corzo for 180 Peso pp for 2.5 hours ride or drives from Tuxtla Gutierrez to the panoramic road on the canyon rim where several miradors offer stunning views into the canyon and down to the river. The 25 MXN entrance fee for the national park are valid for both accesses the same day.

Arriving in San Cristóbal de las Casas, a popular tourist town with the customary cathedral, churches, pretty handcraft shops and cafés, the campground at Bonampak Express Hotel is closed due to renovation. We have to cross the narrow town to Rancho San Nicolás, the only alternative. The roads are very tight and since the GPS doesn’t work very well here we do some compulsory sightseeing rounds. It is no fun to drive here with larger rigs. On the campground we are happy to see a German vehicle after long time. Petra and Klaus already spent six months with their pick-up camper in Mexico and we spend a really nice evening together.

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