Looking at pictures taken at the Zoque Coiteco Carnival reminded us how much we love the beautiful Chiapas so we decide to dedicate a post to the subject for our series on beautiful places in Mexico.
The Sumidero Canyon is considered one of the seven natural wonders of the world. In some places the (almost) vertical walls reach up to a km. The Canyon is a geological fault that rises above the Grijalva river and there are many tours that run through. It is considered a national park and is therefore protected.
The Sumidero Canyon is about five kilometers from Tuxtla Gutierrez, the capital of the state of Chiapas, whose highest tourist point is Plaza de las Marimbas. At night, all year round, in this square you can listen and dance to the live music of the marimba, the typical instrument of the state of Chiapas. The musicians are placed in the “kiosko” and there are always dancing couples.
In Chiapas you must enjoy delicacies like beans escumite with chipilín, shuti broth, chanfaina Soconusco style, chicken stew, iguana tamales, corn picte, toro pinto and sihuamonte broth. Meals with names as long as their exotic flavors.
On a long trip, you could go to San Cristobal and stop at the Cathedral. If the trip is longer and reaches San Juan Chamula, you must stop and visit the Pantheon Romerillo, filled with blue crosses.
Chiapas seems distant, enormous, endless, full of unique experiences, like swimming in the absolute blue of the Lagunas de Montebello or walking in the jungle surrounding the Mayan ruins of Palenque. It is worth the trip to the southern border.
Photos by Héctor Barrera
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