Photo Essay: The Waters of Chiapas at the Sumidero Canyon

by Ekua on September 26, 2011 in captured on memory card,Mexico,the natural world

The easy to reach Sumidero Canyon is the poster child for the natural wonders of Chiapas and a worthwhile day trip from San Cristobal de las Casas. To explore the canyon, I took a boat trip down the Grijavala River, the body of water that helped create the canyon and continues to flow throw it.

Not long after we took off, we were surrounded by towering walls of stone covered with lush rainforest vegetation. I like how the grandeur of canyons forces you to recognize your size when you view them from below. Although I was on water and surrounded by tourists, I somehow felt very grounded during my trip through the Sumidero Canyon.

The 360 degree experience of being in this canyon was challenging to capture in photographs, but I tried my best:

Birds looking for food on the river shore.

Entering the Canyon.

The postcard image of the Sumidero Canyon.

An image of La Virgen de Guadalupe inside the Cueva de Colores (Cave of Colors).

Arbol de la Navidad (Christmas Tree) is a unique formation that is shaped by waterfall deposits covered with moss.

A close up of the “Christmas Tree” branches.

I couldn’t get enough of the vivid green.

This crocodile was hiding behind the grass, but we were able to spot it.

This is part three in a three part series of photo essays that highlights the waters of the beautifully saturated state of Chiapas, Mexico: bodies of water, waterfalls, the exponential shades of green vegetation that the water nourishes, and a few animals that feed on what the water provides and produces.

Part 1
Part 2

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Globetrottergirls September 26, 2011 at 1:53 pm

I loved this canyon when we visited Sumideo last year. The scenery was amazing. Great photos!

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Ekua September 26, 2011 at 6:25 pm

Thanks! Great place, wish I could’ve stayed on the boat longer.

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Lola September 26, 2011 at 4:25 pm

Lovely photos. Been enjoying your recent photo essays. Finally dug out of emails and now just catching up with my favorite blogs after 2 months.

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Ekua September 26, 2011 at 6:24 pm

Thanks, Lola!

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Anwar February 19, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Gorgeous Photos! I always love to see places I have yet to visit but now really want to go to 🙂

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