Our next stop was a boat trip into the Sumidero Canyon. We piled in a bus and traveled about an hour, loaded onto a motor boat and experienced a wonder. The cliff rise 3,000 feet above the river! The day was perfect. We saw mama monkey swinging from branch to branch in the trees and a baby settled quietly nearer to the river. There were thousands of birds gliding above the water and landing in a couple coves, the Virgin de Guadalupe nestled in a cave above the river and an alligator sunning herself on a boulder. It is nesting season for them and the eggs will hatch in three months.
My father was a mechanical engineer and every vacation we ever took included a visit to a dam on a river and the wonder of the electricity it produced. This trip was no exception as CFE the Mexican electric company created a dam at the end of the canyon.
On arrival back at the dock we were greeted by marimba music then on the bus traveling to three viewpoints on the cliffs high above the canyon. A local man explained that the river runs from Guatemala to the Gulf of Mexico and that the huge valley where the city of Tuxtla Gutierrez now stands was once a lake which fed the river. My husband Jim Carr really enjoyed this adventure. I understand that this canyon is featured on the State of Chiapas flag.