19 things to see and do in Tustla Gutiérrez, Mexico

Tustla Gutiérrez, Mexico

Why should Sumidero Canyon be viewed from both land and water?

Not far from Tustla Gutiérrez there is nothing less than a natural wonder – Cañyon del Sumidero, whichever way you prefer. You can view the canyon from the water, by boat, and from the ground, that is, from above, by walking on the observation decks. I invite you to examine this wonder in detail.

Canyon Sumidero, Myra

Mexico, Tustla Gutiérrez: Sumidero Canyon from above

There’s only one thing to go to Tustla for: the Sumidero Canyon. This is the main attraction of the city – we already wrote about it yesterday. Yesterday we took a boat ride down the canyon: http://www.golden-monkey.ru/09-05-2014-meksika-tustla-guterres-po-kanonu-sumidero-na-lodke The goal for today is to see it from above. The entire surrounding area (and the canyon itself) is part of a national park. You can get to the sites from which you can view the beauty of the canyon by your own (rented) car, by cab or by hitchhiking. We chose the second option – a cab. And we decided to go to the last “mirador” (observation deck), and walk 15-20 km in the opposite direction, hitching a ride in some places.

There’s only one thing to go to Tustla for: the Sumidero Canyon. This is the main attraction of the city – we already wrote about it yesterday. Yesterday we took a boat ride down the canyon: http://www.golden-monkey.ru/09-05-2014-meksika-tustla-guterres-po-kanonu-sumidero-na-lodke The goal for today is to see it from above. The entire surrounding area (and the canyon itself) is part of a national park. You can get to the sites from which you can view the beauty of the canyon by your own (rented) car, by cab or by hitchhiking. We chose the second option – a cab. And we decided to go to the last “mirador” (observation deck), and walk 15-20 km in the opposite direction, hitching a ride in some places.

The first cab driver who stopped offered to take us to all the sites (there are 5 of them) and return us for 500 pesos. One way was 250 pesos, but we haggled down to 150 pesos.

Officially the entrance to the park is 28 pesos, but at the entrance the attendant, having heard that we are Russians, said to pass for free. It is unclear why and from what. A trifle, but nice.

La Chiapa (or Los Chiapas) – the farthest observation deck, where we let the cab driver go and, armed with a camera and phone, went to enjoy the scenery.

Somewhere down there is where we took a boat ride yesterday. The guide said that the height of these walls – a kilometer, but still can not believe it.

On the other hand, what the hell does it matter what is the height, if already takes your breath away from what is in front of your eyes!

Today Sheboldasik providently wore a cap, remembering the merciless Mexican sun and its possible consequences.

Why do you need a tripod if you can get a question mark and lean on your five points? )) That’s right, it’s funny how I look when I’m trying so hard to take a picture.

The Mirador Los Chiapas is equipped with this fancy two-story deck, which turned out to be closed. Maybe a restaurant was planned there? Apparently, no one wants it – we spent 15-20 minutes there, did not see a single tourist. Although, maybe it is not the season.

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The next viewing platform (El Tepehuaje) is very close, in five minutes walking.

The view from it is not much different, but I will leave the photo for the record.

This time the bird-traveler had the honor of being photographed against the backdrop of Sumidero Canyon. However, he didn’t come out of focus. This, by the way, is because it’s inconvenient to take photos on the phone in sunlight – you can’t see anything. I don’t understand why they couldn’t put a reflective film behind the screen? Hey, manufacturers, think of the people!

There are no paths along the roads, they obviously didn’t count on anyone walking. There are no cars at all, so we are just walking.

The next mirador is accessible exclusively by trail. If you believe the sign, the site is 700 meters from the road.

El Roblar is the name of the third site we reached. The view is already a little different. Somewhere down there were active boats with tourists, crocodiles came out to get some warmth, and the local birds of prey were circling above all this, looking for victims.

A tiny little boat that holds 40 people. Ah, it’s good to be a bird – they see such beauty every day!

From the entrance to the park to the end of the road, this is the only store. They squeeze juice from oranges and sell apples for 10 pesos apiece. We, of course, took advantage of this opportunity, since we had only a couple of sandwiches, a can of corn, and most importantly, a liter and a half of water with us.

Each lookout has its own name and a poster with useful information with a diagram of the park.

La Souta (some kind of coyote mirador) has a view like this. I wish I could paraglide from here.

The weather today is kind of weird – some sun, some clouds. Forecast said rain – I hope it will not come to that.

Some of the sites are equipped with arbors with tables where you can sit and take shelter from the sun. Here we ate our sandwiches. During the half hour that we were sitting there, five cars arrived with local tourists (and one even with Russians!). From the side is pretty funny to watch – people run out of the car, each armed with a camera. Snap, snap, and back on the road. A couple of minutes is more than enough time for them. Perhaps the accessibility of photography kills people’s ability to contemplate and take in what’s going on around them. Cameras and phones are too much of a barrier to reality. Sheboldasik and I are often like that ourselves, it’s very disturbing. Would you be able to go on a trip without a camera?

Most of the time today is spent walking on the road from site to site. Good thing we have good shoes this time (by the way, do you know the difference between good and bad?) – it’s quite comfortable to walk on the asphalt.

At times the road is twisting a lot, turning into some loops, which would be very nice to somehow reduce. We encountered exactly two paths that would allow us to do this. The first led to a dead end, where we, having picked up some thorns, decided to go back. The second turned out to be more favorable – thank to it we shortened the way for two-three kilometers. The photo shows the descent on the second one.

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Quite a steady trail, leading somewhere to a bend in the road. Along the way, the surrounding forest whistles, quacks, hisses, chirps, and many other incomprehensible sounds. Lots of different beautiful birds rustling in the bushes. Once we saw some strange animal from afar, which Széboldasik mistook for a monkey. Then we saw the same thing in a picture – it looked like an anteater. Judging by the descriptions on the posters, a lot of fauna is found here. Fortunately, mostly small animals and reptiles, not seeking to eat two Russian-speaking tourists.)

The part of the road to the last landing was the longest. Fortunately, we managed to get there on foot. Tried to stop the car – no use. Or all full, or harmful some, did not want to stop. When we were already approaching the set, a couple of cars still stopped, and volunteered to give us a lift, but we had to refuse.

As we rounded the hill that hides the park from the town, the sounds of the forest were replaced by music, shouting and the noise of the cars.

La Ceiba! Yay, the last playground! This is the very beginning of the canyon that formed here about 150 million years ago. Have you ever tried to imagine what a million years is? All of our humanity as we know it is a few thousand years old. Numbers that don’t fit in your head.

An unknowable stone face.

We ended up walking to the exit of the park. The guards were very surprised to see us. While Sheboldassik washed her face, I explained to the polite, armed guy that we’re good, that they have a very nice place and we really liked it. Alas, to explain where we came from, failed – no admission tickets (we just let in for free). Explained somehow.

Right there we saw the colektivos (small buses) that for 6 pesos can easily take us to the center. On the way everyone who came in was very surprised to see redheaded tourists in front of us. Children pointed their fingers at Zhanka and asked their parents about something. They nodded, “What can you do, there are people like that, too. Apparently, her tan didn’t make her look like a Mexican :)

In our room we have a growing menace of flies – a little bug-eyed gecko. They are full of them in southeast Asia. I remember last year on the island of Ko Chang a couple of them treated pineapple – they liked it. If we’re lucky, we’ll treat this one to something, too.

Maybe I should get a tattoo like that.

Mexico, Tustla Gutiérrez: through the Sumidero Canyon by boat

Leaving hot Puerto Escondido for Tustla Gutierrez. Getting closer and closer to the south. We took advantage of the services of OCC, already familiar to us, for this simple affair. We put our backpacks in the luggage and got on the bus, taking fleece, a warm jacket and a scarf – we know how to avoid air conditioning. At 9:30 p.m. we were off. We paid as much as 500 pesos for the tickets. In general they are 532 pesos, but we got a 10% discount for the previous trip.

Leaving hot Puerto Escondido for Tustla Gutierrez. Getting closer and closer to the south. We took advantage of the services of OCC, already familiar to us, for this simple affair. We put our backpacks in the luggage and got on the bus, taking fleece, a warm jacket and a scarf – we know how to avoid air conditioning. At 9:30 p.m. we were off. We paid as much as 500 pesos for the tickets. In general they are 532 pesos, but we got a 10% discount for the previous trip.

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We had a lot of fun with our backpack – it was very cold, Mexicans love air-conditioning. It’s good that we drove at night – we basically slept through it all. As a result we arrived in Tustla 12 1/2 hours after departure.

This time we didn’t book anything in advance, so we went to look for a place to stay in the mode “what we can find”. First we found a large hotel with rooms for 300 pesos. We went to the room, were happy – there was enough space, we had a desk, what else do we need? It turned out that what we needed was exactly what we didn’t have – hot water. No hot water, and that’s it. So we had to move on. We love searching for hotels in hot countries with backpacks on our shoulders!

Went to a few more hotels – all either no hot water, or rooms from 400 pesos. So we had to wander around until we came across something with water, and with a reasonable price of 273 pesos.

Not a hotel, but a whole greenhouse.

The room was quite small, alas. You can’t even dream of a table, let alone the question of “where do you charge?”

What to do, we didn’t want to go any further. We stayed. True, after a little deliberation, we only stopped for two days. Then, most likely, we will go to another city, further in the direction of the Yucatan.

While we were looking for lodging, met a bunch of different cafes. As soon as we went out in search of food – well, none, and that’s it. Barely found something with tables, we ordered some chilaquillas with carne sada. Chips, meat, sauce, avocado, onions, cheese and something else. Edible, in principle.

Not to waste the day, went to see the main and apparently the only attraction of the city – a large canyon nearby. On the way we were entertained by a clown. It’s a pity we didn’t understand a word he said, because he spoke Spanish and very fast. Apparently, no one present didn’t understand either – no one even smiled.

So, the canyon. You can see it both from above and from below, from the water. The simplest variant is the second. From below to admire the beauties you can only from the boat (the river flows there). The choice does not exist, had to join a small group of tourists, pre-paying to the cashier at 160 pesos per person. In the photo we are being taken by minivan to the pier.

Before sailing we were required to wear vests. There was an incident – they said one of the passengers drowned. We were standing and enjoying the moment. It was nice and hot, and we wore vests.

We loaded the boat with 40 people and whizzed off in the direction of the canyon.

The first point of interest – the bridge, by which we arrived here with Sheboldasik. The guide said something about its width, length and other advantages. Yeah, please repeat that, I’ll be sure to take notes.

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The second attraction is a crocodile. Lying there, sunbathing, waiting for the fall of a tourist without a vest. We disappointed him, all in the boat in the vest and no one wanted to take a picture of him closer. In general, there are a lot of them here.

Local vultures, vultures, from a distance resemble sick crows. They have got rest on the bank – obviously, they have nothing to eat today.

This is the beginning of Sumidero Canyon. From afar, it reminded us of Vietnamese Tam Coc. There Vietnamese women, you will not believe, paddled with their feet: http://www.golden-monkey.ru/13-01-2012-vetnam-hanoy-hoali-drevnyaya-stolica-vetnama-i-tam-kok.

It’s a beautiful place, too bad you can only get here with tour groups. We do not like it, but there is nowhere to go.

The size of the walls is impressive. This one, for example, is one kilometer!

Another key point is this unpretentious cave with a picture of the Virgin Mary and other attributes.

Doesn’t it remind you of anything? A Christmas tree. Such a Christmas tree, which even in winter is not cold here. It was formed because of a waterfall, now dried up (before the first rain).

Our swift boat, moving at a speed of 40-50 kilometers per hour, took us all through the canyon in an hour and a half. The scenery is adorable, I must say. As a result, we swam out to some more or less open space.

Aha, here’s the end point from where we’ll bury ourselves back. Sellers of drinking water, Coca-Cola and other chips at prices inflated four times. And on the background of the dam and hydroelectric power plant with a monument to the heroes who built it.

The way back overcame in a jiffy, only stopping a couple of times to admire the crocodiles, pretending to be dead. However, this one climbed into the water and confidently burrowed in the direction of our boat. Cap-guide decided to drive away, so as not to make the animal nervous taking pictures and hugging tourists.

Oh yes, you can see Sumidero Canyon not only from below, but also from above. Here’s a diagram explaining where the lookouts are. Since we’re here, why not take a ride there, too? There’s no public transportation to those parts, but we’ll figure something out ;)

Attractions in Tustla Gutierrez

Coffee Museum El Chorreadero Waterfall Marimba Park Zoo Miguel Alvarez del Toro

This site compiles the sights of Tuxtla Gutiérrez – photos, descriptions and travel tips. The list is based on popular travel guides and is presented by type, name and rating. Here you’ll find answers to what to see in Tustla Gutiérrez, where to go, and where to find popular and interesting places in Tustla Gutiérrez.

Museum of Coffee

Museum of coffee in Chiapas (photo)

The Museum of Coffee offers its guests an experience and detailed information about the process of coffee cultivation in the region.

The museum was opened in August 2009 by the governor of the region.

Tours here can learn about the origin of coffee, its main characteristics and the different ways of its transformation. Three sections of the museum – History, Biology and Cultivation, and Supply and Distribution Chains – provide guests with all the necessary information.

The museum engages both directly in museum activities – identifying and restoring the cultural heritage of coffee production in Chiapas, designing and installing permanent and temporary “coffee” exhibitions, and conducting market research.

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Along with this, the museum trains museum workers and professionals involved in the coffee industry.

Conferences, meetings and themed events are held in the museum building.

Coordinates : 16.74798000,-93.11555000

El Chorreadero Falls

El Chorreadero waterfall in Chiapas (photo)

The El Chorreadero waterfall is a beautiful attraction located just twenty minutes from Tustla Gutiérrez.

Here, an underground river emerges from a cave and forms a series of water cascades that look very beautiful framed by lush jungle vegetation and limestone mountains. The area adjacent to the waterfall abounds with wildlife – you can find rattlesnakes, squirrels, possums and bobcats.

You can walk to the waterfall at any time, but it is especially beautiful during the dry season, that is, from November to March. In addition to visiting the waterfall itself, locals organize canoeing and visiting caves. Lovers of speleology can take part in a 12-hour trek through the ramified tunnels of the caves.

Coordinates: 16.75469600,-92.97166000

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Marimba Park

Marimba Park in Chiapas (photo)

Marimba Park is a traditional meeting and family recreation place in the city. It opened in September 1993 and since then has attracted the public with its musical events.

Throughout the year, the marimba, a live music traditional to the Chiapas region, is played here day and night. Melodies are played by a variety of musicians, local and visiting, and willing spectators accompany the music with typical Chiapas dance steps.

Decorated with gardens, the park is undoubtedly one of the city’s folk and cultural attractions. The music produced by the marimbo has created such a sensation and gained such fame that the park has become the most popular tourist destination in Tustla Gutiérrez.

Coordinates : 16.75534800,-93.12346500

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Miguel Alvarez del Toro Zoo

Miguel Alvarez del Toro Zoo in Chiapas (photo)

The Miguel Alvarez del Toro Zoo was founded in 1942 and was renamed after its director Miguel Alvarez del Toro in 1981.

The park originally covered an area of five hectares and was located in Madero Park for more than thirty years. Currently, the zoo is located in a reserve known as El Sapotal. Here you can see deer, goats, badgers, coyotes, monkeys, foxes, raccoons, 1200 species of butterflies and over 600 birds.

A special feature of the zoo is that it presents only endemic fauna. The average height of the reserve is 630 meters above sea level and the average temperature during the year is 25 degrees Celsius.

The zoo includes a media center, library, canteen and cafeteria.

Coordinates : 16.72541000,-93.09449800

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