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Sima de las Cotorras

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Sima de las Cotorras

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PALENQUE RUINS, AGUA AZUL and MISOL-HA WATER FALLS - Private Tour from Palenque

Located on the first rise of the Tumbala mountains, Palenque archaeological site looks out over the Usumacinta River flood plain. Here you’ll be confronted by the largest Mesoamerican step pyramid, the Temple of Inscriptions, spotted with hieroglyphics that have contributed significantly to the study of Mayan civilization.<br>It is considered one of the most emblematic mayan site having been the empire of Pakal, Governor, Warrior and God of Mayan Civilization. <br>The Misol Ha Waterfall is a worthy representative of the eco-tourism of Chiapas, which offers a unique experience where the interaction with the flora and fauna of the place is the most important element. <br>The Cascadas de Agua Azul (Spanish for “Blue Water Waterfall”) are found near the Municipality of Tumbalá, in the middle of the Chiapas rainforest. It consists of many cataracts following one after another in the Cascadas de Agua Azul Natural Park. The larger cataracts may be about 6 meters (20 ft.) high.
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Arboreal Platypus II wrote a review Dec 2019
193 contributions26 helpful votes
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).
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Julia G wrote a review Feb 2018
9 contributions5 helpful votes
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!
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Date of experience: February 2018
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Virginia C wrote a review Aug 2017
San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico29 contributions47 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: August 2017
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Liz C wrote a review Jun 2017
Boston, Massachusetts7 contributions3 helpful votes
The Sima was an easy but long drive from San Cristobal (even more accessible if you're traveling from Tuxtla). There is a well-made path around the chasm for bird-watching and we observed an orange-breasted falcon, orioles, and a lessen's motmot in addition to the hundreds of racous parrots. The rappelling was closed due to the rain, but it was a spectacular site that was well-worth the drive. The friendly restaurant staff pointed out birds. The entire place was exceptionally clean and almost completely empty. Skip the tourist traps and come here, it is amazing!
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Date of experience: June 2017
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darqmiko wrote a review Jun 2017
Portland, Oregon26 contributions4 helpful votes
We rode horses to Sima de las Cotorras as part of a 10-day trip to Chiapas with Enduro Ecuestra SC. While we didn't do the rapel into the hole, it was still a fun experience and we had a delicious lunch. Not too crowded. We saw the petroglyphs as well.
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Date of experience: May 2017
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