Featuring up to 3,300 ft high cliffs with a picturesque waterfall, crocodiles, and monkeys. Sounds pretty amazing, right?
In this guide, you will find everything you need to know about Sumidero Canyon tours from San Cristobal de las Casas and which one is best for you.
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🇲🇽 5 best Sumidero Canyon tours from San Cristobal
1. Sumidero Canyon, Chiapa de Corzo Magical Town from San Cristóbal de las Casas
⭐️ RATING: 4/5 from 59 reviews | ⏳ TOUR LENGTH: 6 hours | 🇲🇽 BOOK NOW
Looking for an adventure and nature tour in Chiapas, Mexico so you get the best of both worlds? You’ve found it!
This Sumidero Canyon tour from San Cristobal is the best for those who want to experience all the best things to do in Sumidero Canyon.
It includes a 2-hour boat ride through Sumidero Canyon, where you can see waterfalls, caves, and wildlife like monkeys, birds, and crocodiles. After the canyon, you’ll visit Chiapa de Corzo, a colonial town with Spanish roots.
There, you’ll have 2 hours to explore, see local crafts, and try regional dishes. Admission tickets are included for both locations.
2. Sumidero Canyon – Lookouts – Chiapa de Corzo
⭐️ RATING: 5/5 from 5 reviews | ⏳ TOUR LENGTH: 8 hours | 🇲🇽 BOOK NOW
On this Sumidero Canyon – Lookouts – Chiapa de Corzo, you’ll be picked up at 8:45 AM from your hotel in an air-conditioned vehicle.
After you arrive, you’ll take a boat ride through Sumidero Canyon, where you might see local wildlife and the Christmas tree-shaped waterfall, a natural beauty of Chiapas.
The tour includes a visit to Chiapa de Corzo to see its unique Mudéjar-style fountain.
After lunch, you’ll also visit three key viewpoints of the canyon. Meals are not included.
3. Sumidero Canyon & Chiapa de Corzo
⭐️ RATING: 4.5/5 from 15 reviews | ⏳ TOUR LENGTH: 6 hours | 🇲🇽 BOOK NOW
This Sumidero Canyon & Chiapa de Corzo is your ticket to Chiapas’ breathtaking spots.
You’ll go on a motorboat ride through Sumidero Canyon, where you can see cliffs and local wildlife like crocodiles and monkeys.
You’ll also visit Chiapa de Corzo, Chiapas’ first settlement, and learn about its history and cultural significance, including its UNESCO-recognized colorful festival.
The tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off, and lasts about 3 and a half hours with admission tickets included.
4. Chiapa de Corzo: tradition, gastronomy and Cañon del Sumidero
⭐️ RATING: 5/5 from 4 reviews | ⏳ TOUR LENGTH: 7-8 hours | 🇲🇽 BOOK NOW
Want to visit Sumidero Canyon and taste delicious Mexican food? Then this is the tour for you!
This Food and Cañon del Sumidero tour starts with an optional 2.5-hour boat ride through Sumidero Canyon.
Afterward, you’ll explore Chiapa de Corzo to learn about the history of the Parachicos, a dance recognized by UNESCO, and visit key sites like Santo Domingo Church and a lacquer museum.
You can customize the tour to your interests, and visit a spiritual leader’s house or a wood mask carver’s workshop. You can also try local food like pozole.
Note that the boat ride and lunch is not included in the price.
5. Sumidero Canyon & Chiapa de Corzo from San Cristobal
⭐️ RATING: 4/5 from 15 reviews | ⏳ TOUR LENGTH: 6 hours |🇲🇽 BOOK NOW
Pack your sneakers, a hat, and sunscreen and head out on this full-day Sumidero Canyon tour from San Cristobal de las Casas.
It starts with a scenic 45-minute drive through the mountains to the canyon. In Chiapa de Corzo, you’ll take a 2-hour boat ride down the river, seeing waterfalls, caves, and possibly wildlife like crocodiles.
🇲🇽 FAQ – Sumidero Canyon tours
Is it worth visiting Sumidero Canyon?
Yes, visiting Sumidero Canyon is definitely worth it. It’s known for its impressive cliffs, diverse wildlife, and stunning river views. It’s a great spot for a boat tour and offers some fantastic photo opportunities.
How much is the entrance to Canon del Sumidero?
Entry to the national park costs $36 pesos, and the cost for a 2-hour boat trip from Cahuaré into the canyon is $270 pesos.
If you visit Sumidero Canyon independently from San Cristobal de Las Casas, factor in transport costs, too. They’re around $150 pesos for a roundtrip.
This totals to roughly the same as an organized tour.
What is Sumidero Canyon known for?
Sumidero Canyon is known for its towering cliffs, rich biodiversity, and the Grijalva River that runs through it. It’s a popular spot for boat tours, offering stunning views and opportunities to see wildlife like crocodiles and various bird species.
How do I get to Sumidero?
To get to Sumidero Canyon, you can take a bus or a colectivo (shared taxi) from Tuxtla Gutiérrez, the nearest city.
Alternatively, many tours (like this one) run from San Cristobal de las Casas, which include transportation. If you’re driving, it’s about a 40-minute journey from Tuxtla Gutiérrez.
Can I go to Sumiderro independently?
Yes. But it costs the same as joining a tour, so I wouldn’t recommend it.
There are colectivos (shared taxi vans) operating several times a day from Tuxtla Gutierrez to Chiapa de Corzo. The ride takes about 40 minutes, and there are several stops along the way to either pick up or drop off people.
The driver collects payment once you’ve arrived and you can let him know you want to get off at the parque principal or the main square in Chiapa de Corzo.
Chances are that once you arrive to the main square, tour vendors will spot you out and lead you right to the boat tours.
There are a handful of different boarding docks along the canyon river but two of the main ones are a short walk from the town square of Chiapa de Corzo.
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