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Sima de las Cotorras
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Excitement to disappointment in no time flat
Feb 2021
We were very excited to see this natural wonder. After the long journey in and paying 900 pesos for our family of five to enter and camp, the disappointment began. There is no infrastructure for camping and so we set up our tents on a slant, trying to avoid the rocks and horse poop from the horses who free range through the camping area. When you pay that much to camp, you expect minimum infrastructure and there was none of it and dirty bathrooms to boot. An hour and a half after we had set everything up- tents, air mattresses, etc. and as night was falling the same young girl (maybe 14 years old?) who had manned the entrance gate, charged us and let us in came back over to say that we had to pack up and leave because no animals were allowed and we had our dog with us (calm and on a leash). We were stunned! There had been no mention verbally or through signage that pets were not allowed. When I went to the owner for my refund and complained that he was not managing his business well to have let in guests who did not meet entrance criteria we had no way of knowing (no mention of it at the gate and no signs) he proceeded to blame the young lady at the gate and tell me that he was mad at her and would be following up (I heard him yelling at her as I left). It made my blood boil to watch an owner sit arrogantly at a table throughout a customer issue his poor management caused, as he delegated all challenging tasks to a child and then responded to my direct feedback with arrogance and complete lack of personal accountability as the owner. It made me sick to my stomach that a man like him would be making money off a substandard experience and that he had no shame to dump on a young and poorly trained employee. The sink hole is beautiful and we saw parrots fly in and out. It is lovely but very poorly managed and over priced and I personally feel relieved that I did not contribute financially to the wealth of a business owner with poor customer service, ethics and management skills.

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Mayank M
Princeton, NJ9 contributions
Aug 2013 • Solo
The Sima isn't easy to ghetto unless you book a tour or take a taxi both of which work out quite well if you're in a group. The going rate for the tours is about 1000 Pesos flat and they accommodate 1-4 people, so it could work out quite well if you're in a group of 4. Taxis from Tuxtla will set you back about 300 pesos one way.

There isn't much public transport that goes all the way to the Sima but I decided to get adventurous so this is how I did it...

Bus from Tuxtla to Coita - 15 Pesos
Bus from Coita to Piedra Peradas - 10 Pesos
Hike 3-4km to the Sima

On the way back I shared a taxi to Coita with some other visitors.

I stayed the night in one of their camps which works out to about 150-200 Pesos, they also have cabins that seem fairly comfy, and woke up at the crack of dawn to witness the parrots (Cotorras) spiraling out of the Sima in large groups.

Most people got there only after the parrots had left so I'm not too sure the tours worked out very well that day.

I highly recommend entering the Sima for a better view and to look at ancient wall paintings that range from human and parrot figures to paintings of the moon and Ursa Major. You could rappel down the walls (500Pesos) or walk down a ledge into the Sima (70 Pesos).

P.S. The restaurant at the edge of the Sima has excellent Tamales.
Written August 14, 2013
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Deni G
Mexico City, Mexico125 contributions
Feb 2012 • Couples
La Sima de las Cotorras is very close to Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas. It is a magical place, it is a huge hole in the ground where green parrots live. The Sima is about 120 m deep, and in the bottom you can find a little jungle. The parrots nest in the walls of the Sima so every morning and evening you can see them flying in circles to get in and out of the SIMA. It is a wonderful sight.

The place is run by a local indigenous community; it has a restaurant, very comfy cabins if you want to stay for the night, and camping grounds if you prefer to camp. It also offers extreme adventures like rappel, and rock climbing, and a nice walk around the wall of the SIMA.
Written May 16, 2012
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AntonioN2
Cuernavaca, Mexico29 contributions
Located about an hour away from Tuxtla, Sima de las Cotorras is a great alternative for a rappel adventure. Francisco the local guide is very kind and well trained, the 100 meter drop is incredible and if you are able to visit in Jan-Apr, you will have the additional beauty of the parrots flying in and out of this natural wonder. Definetly worth the visit!!!!
Written December 24, 2011
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Ramirez Family
Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico1 contribution
Feb 2021 • Family
We were very excited to see this natural wonder. After the long journey in and paying 900 pesos for our family of five to enter and camp, the disappointment began. There is no infrastructure for camping and so we set up our tents on a slant, trying to avoid the rocks and horse poop from the horses who free range through the camping area. When you pay that much to camp, you expect minimum infrastructure and there was none of it and dirty bathrooms to boot. An hour and a half after we had set everything up- tents, air mattresses, etc. and as night was falling the same young girl (maybe 14 years old?) who had manned the entrance gate, charged us and let us in came back over to say that we had to pack up and leave because no animals were allowed and we had our dog with us (calm and on a leash). We were stunned! There had been no mention verbally or through signage that pets were not allowed. When I went to the owner for my refund and complained that he was not managing his business well to have let in guests who did not meet entrance criteria we had no way of knowing (no mention of it at the gate and no signs) he proceeded to blame the young lady at the gate and tell me that he was mad at her and would be following up (I heard him yelling at her as I left). It made my blood boil to watch an owner sit arrogantly at a table throughout a customer issue his poor management caused, as he delegated all challenging tasks to a child and then responded to my direct feedback with arrogance and complete lack of personal accountability as the owner. It made me sick to my stomach that a man like him would be making money off a substandard experience and that he had no shame to dump on a young and poorly trained employee.

The sink hole is beautiful and we saw parrots fly in and out. It is lovely but very poorly managed and over priced and I personally feel relieved that I did not contribute financially to the wealth of a business owner with poor customer service, ethics and management skills.
Written February 8, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

discobal007
Utrecht, The Netherlands3 contributions
Jul 2013 • Couples
Had high expectations of going to Sima de las Cotorras, but turned out to be a bit of a disappointment. If you are travelling on a tight budget I would not recommend going. It started with the transportation there. It is easy and cheap enough to get from Tuxtla to Coita, but from there the tricky part starts. There are only a few busses going to a village near Sima de las Cotorras and from there it's still a bit of a hike to get there. However, we arrived a little bit late in Coita, so there were no more busses and had to take a taxi that cost 250 pesos. When arrived at the site we paid the entrance fee and found out that we couldn't afford to sleep in the cabins. Instead they offered us to hire a tent and camp. We took up this offer as we didn't have any other options and paid 150 pesos for this. A woman who worked there told us later that they gave us a one-person tent, instead of two (we thought it was really cramped) and also that they normally only charge 100 pesos for camping. It was nice to see the parrots in the morning, but we were very disappointed with the service offered.
Written August 18, 2013
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Julia G
9 contributions
Feb 2018 • Couples
My boyfriend and I visited the Sima de las Cotorras without a car from Tuxtla. While it is a bit of a journey to get there, it is completely worth it. This is such a magical and unique place! The sinkhole itself is fascinating, watching the birds at sunrise is beautiful and there is a lot of other birdwatching and cave paintings to see as well. Plus of course, they have the option of rappelling and other guided hikes you can choose to do. The restaurant is really good and fair priced (try the tamales!) and the rooms are lovely and very well priced. Best of all, the staff were all so kind and accommodating. All in all, this place is really well run and such a fun adventure. We visited in the low season, so expected not to see any birds. However, this year some of the birds didn’t migrate, so there are a fair amount to see in the morning. Don’t skip it just because it’s the low season!

Here is some info on how we got to the Sima de las Cotorras without a car:

1) Take a bus from Tuxtla to Ocozocoautla (often called Coita). We caught this bus on the corner of Calle Central Sur and Avenida Novena Sur in Tuxtla. The cost was 21 pesos per person and it took about an hour.

2) Take a bus from Coita to the small town of Piedra Parada. This bus leaves from the corner of Calle Primera and Avenida Segunda Norte, one block north of the central square. When we went, the three scheduled departures were 5 AM, 7 AM and 1 PM. Of course, be prepared to wait. In reality, our bus left closer to 1:30. The cost was 12 pesos per person and it took about 30 minutes. You could also choose to take a taxi directly to the Sima if you are fine with paying about 250 pesos.

3) Tell the driver you are going to the Sima and he will drop you off at the road, where you’ll see a sign that says 5 km to Sima de las Cotorras. From here, we walked along the muddy road to the Sima, which took about an hour and a half. It was a relatively easy walk, with pretty views of the hills and farmland. The bus driver offered us a ride up with one of his friends for around 150 pesos, so that’s also an option if you don’t want to walk.

4) Coming back, the bus from Piedra Parada to Coita departs at 6 AM, 8 AM and 2 PM. Buses back to Tuxtla depart frequently. The owners of the hotel can also set you up with a ride back to either Piedra Parada or Coita.

One final word of advice, check the weather before departing! We got caught in some unexpected rain, plus it was quite cold at the Sima, given the time of year. If you’re visiting in the low season, bring a few layers and a rain jacket just in case. Enjoy the adventure getting there and the amazing Sima de las Cotorras!
Written February 1, 2018
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AriRent
9 contributions
Dec 2016 • Couples
We went there today & found it quite hard to get to the place (it would be very preferable for you to rent a car or you will probably suffer as much as we did).

-->How we got there <--

First of all, since we are staying in San Cristobal de las Casas, we went to Tuxtla by bus (For us it was $9 MXN because we have student IDs & it is the season for discounts as well), then we took another bus from the station to Ocozocoautla/Coita (your can buy the tickets in the terminal as well & they cost like $20 MXN). Now, this is when it got tricky: wet wanted to find a bus that would us to Piedra Prieta (a ranch like 4km away from the Sima) but it turns out there is only one in the day (at 12 a.m.), & since we didn't want to waste time, we had to look for a cab, which charged us $350 MXN to take us to the Sima, wait for us & then return us to the city (which apparently was a fare deal because some taxi drivers charge you for every hour they wait for you).

But when we got there, all the trouble was absolutely worth it; it is a beautiful & breathtaking place, which you cannot miss of you're in Chiapas

--> Tips <--

1. If you can, rent a car. You'll enjoy the ride & you can probably visit as lot of places once you're Tuxtla: the Cañón del Sumidero & Chiapa de Corzo.

2. If you don't have (n)or want a car, then be patient & go with the flow.

3. It costs $20 MXN to go to the Sima plus transportation (as mentioned above)

4. You can also book a hiking kind of tour ($100 MXN), which is amazing & very worth it or go rappelling ($700/$400 depending on how deep you want to go)
Written December 28, 2016
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Aleescandonm
Mexico City, Mexico161 contributions
This is an activity that is not well promoted... I don't know why because it's a must see. It's like 1 hour and a half from tuxtla Gutierrez. Open from 8.00 till dawn.
It has a beautiful view. The parrots are from March till October. There are plenty of activities like rappel.
Loved it
Written December 29, 2014
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Arboreal Platypus II
Davis, CA203 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
In terms of transport, we drove our rental car to the site. We lived in Mexico for several years, so the driving for us was fine. Overall, we really enjoyed seeing the site. There’s some clear things to know. Although we did enjoy it, we really only had part of the possible experience. 1. There’s convenient parking at the site entrance and a modest entry fee that we paid to the lady waiting in the hut, 2. the Sima is basically a fascinating hole in the ground with a forest in the bottom with a nice circuit path for walking around the upper rim, 2. The birds are only there for their early morning departure and their evening return (and even then not for all of the year - apparently they mostly skip out in the colder months), 3. It’s a slow dirt road for the last several km (But that is part of what we enjoyed). The road was passable but could be tricky at times (after a storm), 4. You can rappel down (we didn’t). This seems the only way to get to the bottom. We went out from Tuxtla around mid morning - and spent about an hour at the location (before going on to la Cascada El Aguacero - a nice combined trip).
Written December 28, 2019
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Virginia C
San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico29 contributions
Aug 2017 • Friends
Just an hour or two's drive from Tuxtla is this magical limestone sinkhole,150 meters deep and another 150 across the top, with a lush jungle growing at the bottom, far below you. Just at dawn during the rainy season (May-November), pairs of parrots begin to shriek and flit from their hidden caves below the treetops,joining with others to form a noisy ribbon of birds that spiral up into the first rays of the sun and fly out over the countryside. This goes on for an hour or so, then again in the afternoon the parrots return and circle down into their secret hideaway. With only two days' holiday, we arrived at the Sima just an hour or so before sunset, but were still able to catch the last flocks returning to their caves in a squawking rush. We roamed around the wooded path along the cliffs' edge, admiring the ancient rock paintings, then listened to the cicadas and crickets and watched the distant lightning as night fell.

Although the food in the restaurant is quite expensive (20 pesos for a small bottle of Coke!), we had brought our own picnic, and the opportunity to get a good night's sleep in a comfortable and beautiful double bed, before getting up at 6:00 to see the parrots' dawn flight,was well worth the $400 pesos for the room. From there, the Aguacero is an easy trip and a great way to round off the weekend.
Written August 22, 2017
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