Chiapas Rappel Adventure at Sima de las Cotorras and Aguacero Waterfall

Outdoor Activities in Tuxtla Gutiérrez

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This rappel adventure is a thrilling way to explore the natural beauty and cultural history of Mexico. Your expert guide will instruct you how to rappel safely and usher you into the famous sinkhole La Sima de las Cotorras (Sinkhole of Parrots), where you’ll see ancient art and get a different perspective on our planet. In addition, you’ll see part of Mexico’s Selva El Ocote Biosphere Reserve.
After hotel pickup by air-conditioned minivan in Tuxtla Gutiérrez  head out on a Mexican nature and adventure tour. Your professional guide will drive you to the famous La Sima de las Cotorras (Sinkhole of Parrots), roughly 2 hours away. The sinkhole earned its name from a natural spectacle that occurs every morning at dawn when flocks of parrots embark on a mass exodus. The area surrounding the sinkhole is Selva El Ocote, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, known for its lush, expansive forests and dramatic karst cliffs. It’s one of the most important tropical forests in Mexico, due to its large size and biological and ecological diversity. The sinkhole itself is a large pit, surrounded by trees and shrubs, in limestone terrain. It plummets 459 feet (140 meters) and is the deepest sinkhole in the region. But there’s much more to this scene than just a giant hole in the ground, which you’ll experience as you follow your guide down a safe rappel line. Once you’re immersed in the darkness beneath the earth’s surface, see 46 ancient paintings scrawled on the walls, vestiges of the Zoque culture. The paintings, located 230 feet (70 meters) down, are estimated to be 5,000 to 10,000 years old. It remains a mystery how the paintings came to be made in such a difficult place, which just makes them all the more beautiful to admire.After this visit we will continue our Journey visiting the Aguacero Waterfall and La Venta Canyon River, admire the incredibles views of this canyon and enjoy the nature surroounding located in one of the most impressive Reserves in Mexico and Chiapas, "Ocote Biosphere Reserve",  Aguacero Waterfall with 75 m high is formed by the river La Venta; its heavy precipitation creates the feeling of a rainstorm. To visit the waterfall, you must have a good physical condition; since you have to have to descend a long series of steps, somewhere around 750 -900 steps to appreciate the waterfall. You will have the chance to walk under the waterfall and along the river. The river water is shallow and the bottom is of soft sand; we spent a few hours walking through the warm river water and relaxing under the cold spring water rushing off of the canyon wall. Enjoy the contact of nature and discover this natural wonder full of adventure and beauty. Make your way back to the surface and enjoy lunch, and then settle back in your minivan for the trip back to your hotel.

What’s included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Local guide
  • Lunch
  • Water
  • Use of equipment
  • Adventure and travel Insurance

What’s not included

  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified