The Mexico’s state of Chiapas is a natural wonder all on its own, with misty, cool mountains and thick, steamy jungles.
Descending from the lofty peak that is the city of San Cristobal de las Casas, travelers zigzag down a mountain path to reach the plunging valley of the Sumidero Canyon.
This natural canyon was carved by the Grijalva River, with 3,000-foot towering rock walls on either side. The site was declared a national park in the 1980s, and it’s no wonder why.
The views from the six lookout points along the canyon’s rim are simply breathtaking.
Perhaps the most popular way to explore the canyon is via a boat tour that meanders down the river, allowing visitors to gape up at the imposing rock walls.
But those who opt out of a boat tour can still make the most of this park with hiking, kayaking, and rappelling.
Keep in mind that you’ll likely still need a guide because the park is teeming with precarious yet beautiful wildlife, like jaguars, crocodiles, and rattlesnakes.