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Published May 23rd 2015
Enjoy the ride and feel the beauty
Canon del Sumidero is a narrow canyon formed around the same time as the Great Canyon in the U.S.A. The Grijalva river runs through its rock walls, which can reach up to 1000 meters, making it one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
So if you are in San Cristobal de las Casas and would like to delight your eyes with some mesmerising beauty, your heart with a sense of humbleness and your mind with an everlasting memory, then please hire a tour, catch a colectivo (public bus) or get a taxi and go to Canon del Sumidero.
This 2 hour tour offers an incredible experience suited to children and adults; the excitement of being in a small fairly fast boat, jumping over small waves, seeing the wildlife that inhabits the canyon and of course feeling the mystery of what else might be in that thick jungle or under the boat.
Eventually you will get used to the bumpy ride and will learn to let go. You'll have a life vest, so you can enjoy the views and take some photographs of infinite cobalt waters snaking through deep carved rock fractures, clouds of birds guarding the canyon and sun as it appears and hides with each turn of the boat. You can't help but realise how incredibly small you and your problems are - this place is pure magic! Some people on the boat will laugh nervously, some will shed a little tear or two and some like myself, will be so mesmerised.
The tour guides who are also the boat captains are really friendly and will get a laugh out of you, however a lot of them don't speak English, so if you are a very information oriented person please do research about this place prior to going there, so you don't have to rely on someone else translating in a loud boat.
The entry fees is approximately $200 pesos. Keep in mind this might be a lot more costly if you decide to do it through a tour company, a lot of travellers I came across would arrange transport only through a tour company, some others would get there in colectivos or sharing a taxi.