Chiapas, A Land of Contrasts

What a time I had in Chiapas! I spent almost two weeks between San Cristobal de las Casas and Palenque diving inside the state’s history, culture, and natural territory.

Chiapas is one of the economically poorest states and also one with the highest amount of Indigenous people compared with other states. While this might mean for some a lacklustre state, for me, it meant wandering a territory of immense natural beauty due to low land degradation (also more on this later cause there’s always another side to the story).

El Cañon del Sumidero

The Sinkhole Canyon is found close to Tuxtla Gutierrez. A dam was built some years ago which raised the river to new heights. Now, the canyon’s grandeur is found within a natural park and is best observed by boat. The photos can hardly do it justice!

The highest point in the canyon is almost a kilometre high, and when the Conquistadors arrived to enslave the local population, many chose death by suicide by throwing themselves from this point instead of submitting to the European soldiers.

Travelling is turning out to be filled with contrasts; long waits, epic sunsets, harrowing historical facts, and wonderful moments shared with other travellers. I went on this tour from San Cristobal, and spent a hot afternoon going from one mirador to another chatting up with German fellows! I only share the best of my trips, so I hope you enjoy them as much as I did, but I also find it important to share the lessons and stories I learned along the way. It sometimes might be hard facts, but the world keeps on spinning, and the sunrise always comes again.

Los Lagos de Montebello

Close to Guatemala lie a few lakes of brilliant colours. From jade-green to cerulean blue, these lakes change colour depending on the quantity of calcareous rock sediments.

El Chiflón Waterfall

Before the visit to the previously mentioned lakes, I went to my only waterfall on this trip. It was nice, but as it was the end of the rainy season, there was too much water for us to be able to swim or to reach the very top of the waterfall… I did though strip to my bathing suit to get the closest to the ‘bride’s veil’ part of it where the mist and water droplets properly drench us anyways, so it’s all good!

As Chiapas is very mountainous in the North, the land has great biological and environmental diversity which makes for wonderful vistas! To know more about the state, stay tuned for more!

4 thoughts on “Chiapas, A Land of Contrasts

  1. Brenda Berry

    Abby – really enjoying reading your posts! Keep it up. Loved meeting you in SC and now I get to tag along on the rest of your adventures.

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  2. Brenda Berry

    Abby – really enjoying reading your posts! Keep it up. Loved meeting you in SC and now I get to tag along on the rest of your adventures.

    Like

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