Thursday, April 21, 2011

San Cristóbal de las Casas, Caňón del Sumidero 15/4/2011

We went for a quick walk into town before nightfall and Jill brought me a new coffee pot for my birthday, lighter than the old one that got borrowed, but still makes an excellent cup. The morning broke on my birthday and Jill jumped out of bed to make me breakfast and a cup from my new coffee pot. (I wish) We decided to visit the Caňón del Sumidero which is about 45 kms west towards Tuxtla Gutierrez. The road there was a wonderful windy scenic route through the mountains. There was a pay road that went straight and most of the traffic took that so it left the mountain road deserted. A definite 10 out of 10 road. Arriving at Chiapa de Corzo we brought our ticket and boarded the speedy boat having first been decked out with life jackets. Passing under the main road bridge with diving boards on the right we stopped by the breeding ground of some birds that I can't remember the name of.
Speeding on the cliffs got higher as the river go narrower.

They get to about 3000ft above the water and are very dramatic. Even here in a National park there is rubbish but here at least it was being cleared up.
Quiz of the day:- How many plastic bottles can you see in this photo? We stopped in a small cave that had a image of the virgin, before passing the Christmas tree formed by water coming out of the cliff. The gorge opened out to where the dam had been built. Retracing our path we sped back long the river, stopping to watch a monkey piss on us,
and some crocodiles lazing on the banks. Maybe that was why nobody was using the diving boards. The empty boat that speed us up and down the canyon for 2 hours. How could it have been better? Done it slowly in a canoe, but it was still an inspiring experience. We had some lunch and just as we were mounting the bike it started to rain, but it didn't last long and we had another wonderful ride back to San Cristóbal.

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