Sumidero Canyon is a deep natural canyon located just north of the city of Chiapa de Corzo in the state of Chiapas, in southern Mexico. The canyon’s creation began around the same time as the Grand Canyon in the U.S. state of Arizona, by a crack in the area’s crust and subsequent erosion by the Grijalva River, which still runs through it. Sumidero Canyon has vertical walls which reach as high as 1000m, with the river turning up to 90 degrees during the 13km length of the narrow passage.A visit to Miradores Canon del Sumidero represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Tuxtla Gutierrez trip planner to plot your vacation.
The canyon is surrounded by the Sumidero Canyon National Park, a federally protected natural area of Mexico which extends for 21789ha over four municipalities of the state of Chiapas. This park is administered by the National Commission of Protected Natural Areas . Most of the vegetation in the park is low- to medium-height deciduous rainforest, with small areas of mixed pine-oak forest and grassland. At the north end of the canyon is the Chicoasén Dam and its artificial reservoir, one of several on the Grijalva River, which is important for water storage and the generation of hydroelectric power in the region.
The canyon and national park is the second most important tourist site in Chiapas, drawing mostly Mexican visitors who see the canyon from boats which embark on the river from Chiapa de Corzo. The park borders Tuxtla Gutiérrez, the state’s largest city, which has caused problems with human encroachment and settlement on park land. More importantly, the urban areas and logging industries upstream from the canyon have caused serious pollution problems, with up to 5000 tons of solid waste extracted from the Grijalva River each year. This waste tends to build up in the canyon because of its narrowness, the convergence of water flows and the presence of the Chicoasén Dam.
Miradores Canon del Sumidero Reviews
Visited twice to check out the birds. Be sure to go all the way up the road to the end, where the views are terrific. more »
We went to visit this beauty on a boat ride, it takes you thru the river and while you are watching the beauty of nature you are listening to the most amazing stories from the tour guide... I will go.... more »
Incredible tour, the canyons were so tall! There is a bit of rubbish floating around in the river, but I spent most of my time looking up anyways. Saw 2 crocs and 2 monkeys. Great value, was a wonderful day.
This is an essential addition to your boat ride through cañón del sumidero. Save the bracelet from boat ride as it will provide entry to the viewpoints. There are five viewpoints with the last one being the most majestic, so start with the the ones closest to entrance to build up the anticipation.
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