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Best Places to Visit in Chiapas

Mexico is a great place to visit due to the beauty of its ecosystems, especially the state of Chiapas, which is a land full of natural beauties, traditions, customs, and incomparable gastronomy.

In this article, learn what places are the best to visit in Chiapas to enjoy your time and have unforgettable experiences.

Agua Azul (Blue Water) Waterfalls

Agua Azul (Blue Water) Waterfalls are in a flora and fauna protection area in the limits of the Municipality of Tumbala and Chilon, less than 70 kilometers away from Palenque, near 199 Mexican Federal Highway.

These blue and white waterfalls of this place are formed thanks to the Otulun, Shumulja, and Tulija rivers, which form shallow canyons with vertical cliffs. The larger cataracts may be as high as 6 meters (20 feet) or so. There are parts where the water descends in two streams, with small islands in the middle.

The reason why the water of the waterfalls has that beautiful blue color is due to the carbonate salts that they have dissolved.

The vegetation that surrounds these waterfalls is mountain jungle. In some parts, it covers the river, so it is common to see petrified tree trunks and rocks.

Among the animals that inhabit the forests of Agua Azul are the howler monkey, the porcupine, the royal toucan, and the collared toucan.

San Cristobal de las Casas

San Cristobal de las Casas is a city and a municipality in the Central Highlands region of Chiapas. It is considered the most beautiful colorful city in Chiapas, where its bohemian and local atmosphere.

This place conquers the hearts of all those who visit it as it shows its architectural treasures in various buildings from the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. In fact, in the current historic center of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, rooftops, flowery patios, corner balconies, Baroque facades, Neoclassical and Mudejar style buildings, colorful crafts, exquisite cuisine, ceremonies, processions, popular festivals, and ancient legends converge.

As a result, while you are walking here seeing the beautiful architecture of the town, you can enjoy a simple cup of organic coffee and listen to the local music of local groups and marimbas.

In addition, you can learn more about its history by visiting its fascinating cathedral, the municipal palace from 1885, and its museums such as the indigenous culture, the Na-Bolom center, among others.

The Sumidero Canyon National Park

The Sumidero Canyon National Park is a Chiapas deep natural canyon located a few miles east of Tuxtla Gutierrez in Chiapa de Corzo Municipality.

Its walls rise to more than 1,300 meters. This geological fault opened approximately 12 million years ago in the Sierra Norte de Chiapas. The water that runs through this sink is the mighty Grijalva River that runs from Chiapas to Tabasco.

The Sumidero Canyon begins from the Belisario Domínguez bridge in Chiapa de Corzo and is 19 kilometers long. It has a minimum width of one kilometer and a maximum of two.

There is an ecological park opened inside the canyon. The only way to get to the park is to take a boat there. This place offers many activity attractions, including the opportunity to visit the wildlife sanctuary, physical and sporting activities such as kayaking, mountain biking, abseiling, zip-line, swimming, and more.

Chiapas Archeological Zones