Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Sumidero Canyon - The End of the Journey and the Most Adventurous!

The itinerary said we were going on a boat ride for about three hours on the Sumidero Canyon.  Of course with no point of reference, it seemed like a long, long time to be on a boat ride.  The last time I had done something like that had been deep-sea fishing in the Gulf of Mexico.  IF this was anything like that, I would just jump overboard and end it in an hour.   There is nothing like seasickness when one cannot get back to shore on a small boat!  Trust me.

Luckily that was not the case in this instance.  To say it was breathtakingly beautiful and amazing would be a great understatement.

Arriving in Chiapa de Corzo, where it was tropical and warm after the cold in San Cristobal was the first great thing.  We enjoyed our hotel immensely.  Swimming in the pool, having drinks at the bar in the hotel and snacks.  Aaah, this was the life.  The town is quite fascinating.  It's history is intriguing.  And the folk art, oh my, the folk art.  Magnificent.

The next day we headed to a boat launch area which looked like a place where you would take a speedboat.  Nothing identified at the beginning what we were going to see.
 As we started out, cliffs began to appear and other speedboats with tarp covers over to protect one from the sun.  But, this day, it protected us from the rain.  Driving rain!  We ignored it, at times.
 Then at other times when we were going fast and the water was filling up the roof tarp, we all had to hold onto it to prevent it from collapsing on top of us and drenching us.  It's funny now.  Not so much at the time.
 As we reached this area the rain let up for a while and one could just sit and marvel at nature's majesty.
We could see caves and huge nests of birds on these cliffs.  The Sumidero Canyon is revered in Chiapas, as well it should be.  And, yes, we were on the boat for a few hours, but the time flew by due to the everchanging beauty of the natural setting.

Reluctantly, the next day we headed back to Tuxtla Guiterrez and the flight to Toluca and ultimately home to San Miguel.

So much to see, so much to absorb and such great memories.  Some day..........I'll be back there!

12 comments:

Kay Cox said...

Wow...would love to do that! Maybe without the rain but even with rain, it looks wonderful. Chiapas is on my bucket list.

Steve Cotton said...

I remember you writing about the canyon when you first visited. When I finally got there, I agreed with you that it is quite a pleasant place to see.

Babs said...

Kay, glad you added it to your list. We'll talk when I'm in Houston.

Steve, I'm so glad you got to see it as well.

Ron Stephens said...

Hey, you didn't include the photos of Fred and I holding the tarp so you wouldn't get wet. That was SO sweet of us, with never a credit....

Babs said...

Ron, I actually looked to see if I had a photo, but, didn't. You get all the credit - remember how sore our arms were from holding the darn thing up for so long?

Croft Randle said...

I am so enjoying this trip!

Babs said...

Thanks Croft - I'm glad! Hope to do it again some day.

Retired Teacher said...

Reminds me of when I went to El Sumidero. In the middle of the boat ride we had torrential rain also.

Sissy said...

How fortunate you are to have adventures such as this one. I'm envious!

living.boondockingmexico said...

Beautiful canyons. Looks like this trip has been a great one.

gringosuelto said...

This post brings home for me how many things I didn't see on my road trip through Mexico. Though I saw a ton, it was impossible to see it all. Sumidero Canyon, Agua Azul, and many other places remain on my to-do list.

Thanks for sharing.

Saludos,

Kim G
Boston, MA
Where we are waiting for winter to loosen its grip a bit more.

Babs said...

I hope all of you have enjoyed the photos. Out of about 300 I took with a film camera in 2008, it was difficult to edit to as few as I have posted.
This country is so extraordinarily beautiful. Often, it is things "on the back roads" rather then the expected things in big cities.
Take time - explore and revel in the beauty.