The Gully Canyon is a deep narrow canyon, located 5 kilometers from Tuxtla Gutierrez, capital of Chiapas, Mexico. The cliffs of this canyon are more than 1000 meters high. The river Grijalva, which runs through it, has a depth of over 250 meters. The fault line developed about twelve million years ago. In the Sierra Norte de Chiapas it is among the most spectacular, with walls that rise over 1300 feet. The river is flowing through the states of Chiapas and Tabasco and flows into the Gulf of Mexico. In its southern entrance, the canyon begins in Chiapa de Corzo, and flows into the artificial reservoir of the hydroelectric dam Manuel Moreno Torres, best known as "Chicoasén". The relevance sump barrel is such that part of the Shield of Chiapas. By its unique beauty and historical significance, the icon of Chiapas is nominated for one of the "New 7 Wonders of Nature" as the sole representative of Mexico in this international competition.
The water color impresses you. It is a beautiful blue. The beauty of the place is unforgettable. It is worth coming to get away from it all. treat yourself to this wonderful landscape on your next trip.
The Mayan city of Palenque is something no one should miss when visiting Mexico. It has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is in the area of Chiapas, Mexico in the south. The buildings here have been around since the 7th century, so this fact alone is an incredible sight. The buildings are characterized by peculiar "peaks" crowning the tops. Since the city was abandoned by the Maya, it was quickly covered by jungle vegetation, and was not rediscovered until the eighteenth century. Since then, archaeologists have discovered up to 34 buildings, but it is believed that there are still more than 1,000 structures covered by the forest. The place is just amazing, and it is impossible to imagine the scale of this enormous city in full swing. The most important building is the Temple of Inscriptions, a huge pyramid named after the tables with hieroglyphics found inside. Also, the sarcophagus of King Pacal is inside this temple. He once ruled the city. Other buildings are located around the central square, like the Palace, where there are sculptures and reliefs in stucco. Two baseball fields are there too.
Of Cultural Interest in San Cristóbal de Las Casas
San Cristobal de las Casas was founded in 1528 by Diego de Mazariegos and was one of the first colonial cities founded by the Spanish in America. It's called Magic Town (these are typical villages of Mexico so named by the Ministry of Tourism of Mexico and which preserves its rich culture and history) but in reality, is a large enough to be considered a city.
It was once known as the most important town in the region, and had the second Villa Real de Chiapa, one of the most beautiful sights of the country. Its name honors the bishop Fray Bartolome de las Casas, defender of the local natives of the place during the sixteenth century and the inspiration for the Christian faith in the New World. The city has many temples and churches of amazing beauty, and the San Cristobal Cathedral which was originally built in 1535.
It is a city that has retained its town squares, cobblestone streets and red tile roofs. Additionally, its still has its traditional markets where the natives of the region come to offer from everything from crops to ceramics and their traditional colorful textiles (seen in the photo attached ). Aside from their churches and temple, the city has a historic center which includes the Na-Bolom museum exhibiting traditional textiles and an extensive library of over 10,000 volumes on the history, culture and anthropology of the region.
On the outskirts of the city, you'll find Zinacantán, known as the Place of the bats. During the times of Tenochtitlan, it was considered to be one of the main producers of the coveted quetzal feathers, jaguar skins as well as pieces of amber. The town of San Juan Chamula, where the Chamula Indians, descendants of the Mayans, is relatively close by. The Chamula Indians come regularly to preform their rituals and express their devotion to the village church. But warned, do not try to photograph them! They have the belief that if they make a picture will steal their soul.
Historical Monuments in San Cristóbal de Las Casas
With a distinctive facade, wide and colonial, colorful and eye-catching, the Cathedral rises without anything stopping your view, in the middle of the town square. It draws your attention to accidentally, especially on the outside. It is a church that combines all the flavor mixing art, the Spanish and the native, the intent of the Baroque with the simplicity of Chiapas. Outside are San Pedro and San Pablo,all a recollection and with a particular way of understanding Christianity in Mexico. We went inside, but with respect and curiosity, and we took in everything and everyone, and we later recorded it in our memory forever.
After visiting the ruins of Yaxchilan we visited those of Bonampak in the same day. The most surprising thing about the ruins of Bonampak is how fresh it is on the inside, they are the best preserved pre-Hispanic America. The ruins are in Lacandon territory and to access them, we had to change vehicles, since they are the ones who have permits to exploit that area. The excursion to visit theruins of Yaxchilan cost 550 pesos
It is an eco resort in the state of Chiapas, Mexico. An area filled with lush vegetation. Here you can admire more than five different waterfalls. The viewing points of the waterfalls are just simply amazing
The waterfall has Misoljá or Mysol is 34 Km from the waterfalls of Agua Azul, and is a waterfall about 40 meters where you can swim in the pool that is 40 km deep .. we didn't swim though. The place is actually a tourist park and has services including cabins for lodging. Actually this cascade imposes by its size and if you follow the path to the side you can go under it, most photographs taken with tumbling water in the background ... The surprising truth is that you can't litter here you :) The people here are called Chol. Have a good trip!
In Yaxchilan, we had a 100% natural experience as we went on a sail boat on the Usumacinta River. It was quite a fascinating experience - the roar of howler makes you think of the largest cat of America: THE JAGUAR. We were surprised when, about 30 minutes into the journey, we found this beautiful feline swimming just a few meters from our boat and in broad daylight.
This beautiful 17th century Baroque church is, for me, the most beautiful of the entire city. Built in the purest colonial baroque style, the facade is an exuberance of designs, patterns and figures. Many of them were made directly by indigenous labor and perhaps that is why the temple "smells" of the Mayan religion. Located in a very popular area, it is the meeting place of the local community (and known as the cathedral of the poor). At night, the whole church is illuminated. The atmosphere is very unique. The spot brings to mind the old legends of Creoles recalled in the fire, legends that spoke of conquests and wars, but also caches and voices at midnight.
San Juan Chamula is situated in the state of Chiapas, 10 km away from San Cristobal de las Casas. Chamula is an adjective which was given to the Maya ethnic groups that inhabit the highlands of Chiapas, above all, it is a town which maintains the pre-Hispanic cultures and customs. We were told that we were not allowed to take photos of the Chamula Indians, nor inside or outside the church, and we had to be careful not to get too close to them because according to their beliefs they will be robbed of their soul. As always, there are people trying to skip these "rules" and specifically in our group we had a small problem for a person who tried to film inside the church.
I took my family to experience a visit to the lakes of Montebello. It was an amazing opportunity to admire the different colors of the lakes. There are more than thirty but we visited the seven major offered in the course. My family and I were in awe of the surroundings.
In the center of San Cristobal de las Casas roofs converge, there are patios with flowers, cornered balconies, baroque facades, neoclassical and Moorish buildings, colorful crafts, cuisine, ceremonies, processions, festivals and ancient legends. All this in the beautiful downtown that is a marvel to see, on my visit I had a rainy day that altered the climate (which is cold), but in spring the weather is delicious. Around the square are beautiful streets so if you happen, like me, to have a rainy day, there's nothing more delicious than going to a cafe and sipping a rich coffee or hot chocolate in a relaxing atmosphere.
Chiapa de Corzo is located 14 km from Tuxtla Gutierrez and 62 km from San Cristobal de las Casas. To get there, go on Highway 190, or take the No. 195 from Tuxtla Gutierrez. Founded on March 1, 1528 by Captain Diego de Mazariegos, it was originally given the name Villa Real de Chiapa. Highlights in this area are the jetty Gully Canyon, the ruins of the former convent of Santo Domingo, the island of Cahuaré, the great bell of the church of Santo Domingo and the kiosk-crown. The bus dropped us off at the edge of town, on the same road that goes on to the capital Tuxtla. Just after getting off we found a market where we bought a few pieces of fruit and asked the way to the pier. We had to walk a bit but the walk was comforting.
The indigenous village of San Juan Chamula is located about 10 kilometers from San Cristobal de las Casas in the Chiapas region. It is still a very traditional town, near the Guatemalan mountains. In the small church, there are many statues and images of Catholic saints. The Tzotzil are the majority population of San Juan Chamula. Founded in 1524, the city retains a small colonial church built in the town square but not much more remains of the Spanish colonization. The interior of the church has no benches to sit on, instead there are burning candles on the floor whre the worshippers sit praying. The cemetery is also interesting, with brightly colored Mayan crosses instead of Christian ones.
Nature Reserves in Parque nacional Lagunas de Montebello
A beautiful place, where the lakes are named according to the color that gives it the same depth of the lagoon, in a day you can go all the lakes and stay at a nearby reserve where prices are very cheap, and take the canoe tour, where you cross the largest lagoon from side to side.
I'll share secret place that you definitely have to visit . That secret place is the Cathedral of San Marcos . Something that characterizes other than its architecture is its tower which houses a beautiful carillon with 48 bells and a music system. Every hour, the figures of the 12 apostles come out on full display on a pedestal. Everyone who visits this area, can not help stopping to hear the sounds and see this event. It's a shame that the last time I was there, they were remodeling this cathedral, otherwise I would have included more photos.
The building most characteristic of the ruins of Palenque is the great palace with its distinctive square tower with stone ceiling, an interior column and a spiral staircase. Experts agree that it was from here that Maya royalty and priests watched the sun set behind the Temple of Inscriptions, located diagonally opposite. This happened every December 22 or every winter solstice. There were many rooms inside the palace for the house of the ruler, his family and their relatives. It's a large building of 85 meters from north to south and 60 meters from east to west, so more than 5,000 square meters.