Saturday, January 1, 2011

Chiapas: Cañón del Sumidero

Our first full day in Chiapas (Thurs) we went to see the Cañón del Sumidero. We took a public bus over to Chiapa de Corzo, a small town outside of Tuxtla. 

the Pila, a fountain built by the Spanish in the 16th Century


Then we took a boat ride through the Cañón del Sumidero, with cliffs as high as 1,000 meters above the Grijalva River. We were told that when the Spanish invaded, many of the Chiapa indians threw themselves over the cliffs to avoid being captured.

the piece hanging on the left is supposed to look
like a seahorse 


altar to the Virgin of Guadalupe in a cave

multiple colors in the rock of the cave

the "Christmas tree"

the "Christmas tree"

the Chicoasen hydroelectric dam 

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