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Chiapa de Corzo

Walk through La Pila and get lost in its Mudejar-style architecture. Feel the breeze coming from Río Usumacinta. Drink pozol while searching for the makers of the most delicate creation: laca (lacquer handicrafts).

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What Makes It Magical 

On the banks of the Río Grijalva, on the way up towards the mountains of Los Altos, is the town of Chiapa de Corzo. Once you are part of it, you will spend your life beneath the shade of the thousand-year-old ceiba tree; you will accompany the pozol vendors while you refresh yourself drinking some of this delicious drink; you will participate in the process of making laca handicrafts, and why not, you will meet the Nandayapa siblings and learn how to build and play the marimba. 

Why You Should Go 

Cañón del Sumidero 

  • The town is located on the banks of the Río Grijalva, which twists and turns through this geological fault line, which is millions of years old. 
  • The canyon was declared a National Park in 1980, and in some places its cliff walls are over 3,280 feet high. 
  • It is home to great curassow birds, red-tailed hawks, river crocodiles and spider monkeys. 
  • You will be astonished by its varied vegetation, its waterfalls that spring from the rock walls, and the archeological vestiges it hides. 

At the Very Least 

Go for a boat ride along the river, departing from Chiapa de Corzo and going all the way to Presa Chicoasén.  

Don’t Miss 

  1. See the ruins of the San Sebastián church on top of the hill, el Cerro de San Gregorio
  1. Walk around La Pila, the Mudejar-inspired fountain that town has been proud to boast since 1562
  1. Try drinks made from maize in the market: pozol and tascalate
  1. Go for a boat ride along the river, from Chiapa de Corzo all the way to the dam