Silent River

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Grijalva River from the bar terrace
I think there is no reason to go in Chiapa de Corzo if you exclude the presence of the Rio Grijalva. The silent river! Before arriving I thought we were going to have one of those terrible days of war against other tourists to earn our place on a boat and visit Sumidero Canyon. None of this! The small quay was deserted and the boats seemed to wait for us. Great! So we took some minutes of relax in the bar on the pier enjoying the view of the river accompanied by the sound of the mexican music from the radio of the bar! Unforgettable! Only us, the river, background music and the clean sky drawed by some species of local birds. But the desire to rest is soon exhausted! We can't understand what may be beyond our sight along the river that quietly disappears behind the first cape, the door of Sumidero Canyon! Let's see!
Jumping on the first boat we found, we were lucky to meet a funny "driver", a young guy speaking a little of english.
Wildness
Just after few minutes of navigation we started to see the high walls of the canyon above us. Impressing! They arrive to touch 800 meters in some point. The scenery is simply wonderful! Wall surfaces are painted with caves, small waterfalls and plants that you can't understand how they can grow on that rocks. Is hard to take photos or film with the camera, because you don't want to miss a single second of that paradise. The canyon is long around 35 kilometers and the scenery catch your eyes. The big walls seems to move on your horizon.The river disappears behind the bends to reappear more majestic than before. Along the riverside is easy to see a wide range of different birds, plants, and crocodiles. YES crocodiles! We didn'e expect for them. In the beginning we thought they were fake because they lounged on the shore, but as we approached the boat, began to move menacingly into the water.
Canyon Sumidero
Perhaps they wanted to say hello closely. Better to go! Even if is a long boat trip along the 30 kilometers we can't feel tired and bored. The landscape changes every minute.
On the way back we asked to the "captain" to leave us to the National Ecological Park. A wonderful place surrounded by the jungle where you risk to lose your way to admire plants and animals. We were lucky, before leave the park, because we could see the employees feed the jaguar. Chicken legs for lunch! Buon appetito my friend! Buon appetito!!!
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Grijalva River from the bar terrace
Grijalva River from the bar terrace
Wildness
Wildness
Canyon Sumidero
Canyon Sumidero
Convento de Santo Domingo
Convento de Santo Domingo
Lets go!
Let's go!
Marias Chapel
Maria's Chapel
So warm...impossible to wear safet…
So warm...impossible to wear safe…
The Christmas tree
The Christmas tree
Ecological park
Ecological park
Marias Chapel
Maria's Chapel
Chiapa de Corzo
photo by: tonygiglio