We drove from Palenque back to Tuxtla Gutierrez. It’s a long drive about 5 hours but the natural beauty of Chiapas kept us entertained. Agua Azul Waterfalls are located half way between Palenque and Ocosingo. We decided to make a quick stop to see the waterfalls. Unfortunately, it rained a few days prior to our arrival so the water wasn’t blue but rather a light green color. I could only imagine how pretty it is once they water is all settled down. If you want to cool down, there are areas where people can get into the river and swim. There are also several shops that sell food, crafts, juices, etc.
We made a stop in San Cristobal de las Casas to have some dinner and hot chocolate before we continue on our way to Tuxtla Gutierrez. Hot chocolate and dessert are a must in this cold weather.
Tuxtla Gutierrez is the capital city of the state of Chiapas. It is big and full of life. A modern amalgamation of people, music, and food, it mustn’t be missed. We decided to stay near the marimba park. The marimba is a musical instrument. The park has an elevated gazebo where a group plays the marimba from Thursdays to Sundays. People go to the park to dance to the rhythms of the marimba or simply listen to it.
The next morning after our arrival we decided to head down to the Canyon’s embarcadero. This is the place where you can purchase your tickets to board a small boat and head down the river that breaks the canyon. The ticket is about $7 USD for a trip that lasts about 2-3 hours.
The views are breathtaking, we got to see several of the animals that reside in the area: birds, turtles, crocodiles. During raining season, waterfalls formed from the walls of the canyon, but January is the dry season so we didn’t get to see them.
At night, we decided to go back to San Cristobal de las Casas for a couple of hours. It’s less than an hour drive from Tuxtla. We wanted to attend a tour in Spanish called: Nightly Chronicles (Cronicas Nocturnas). It’s a walking tour through the streets of downtown. A raconteur dressed like a ghost narrates the legends and some history of San Cristobal de las Casas.