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Published: July 11th 2006
After a disappointing trip to Lake Aititlan in Guatemala, we decided to head back to Mexico and San Cristobal for the Sumidero Canyon (as we had planned earlier in the trip). Unfortunately, the weather at the lake had been really wet and miserable so we were unable to get any really decent photos of the volcanic surroundings. We took a boat to San Pedro and saw Panajachel but due to the torrential rain, we only really saw a few hours of each. Both places we found to be very touristy and we heard from other travellers that sadly, these lakeside villages have deteriorated hugely in the last ten years.
The Sumidero Canyon is 1-kilometer-deep and was the stage for an epic battle between the Spanish and the Chiapanecan Indians. It is said that these Chiapanecan Indians chose to jump into the sacred canyon rather than submit to the invaders.
Here we also saw the more recent, Chicoasén dam, the fifth-highest in the world. This is one of Mexico's important sources of electrical power, before which the white waters were barely navigable.
Points of interest include the "Christmas Tree," (see pics) a waterfall with thick moss that has the
shape of a Christmas tree.
Since then, we have visted Veracruz on the Gulf coast, Zihuatanejo on the Pacific and spent a relaxing week in the sun and swimming in a beautiful pool at Pie de la Cuesta. We have been trying to save a little cash and rest our bones in preparation for our 6 week trek through the Andes.
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