A calm but chilly morning in Galetta, Ontario.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Galetta (Ottawa), Ontario.

Where are they going next? We have flights booked to London, England in October.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Sumidero Canyon photos and fundraising total

First things first... our caravan group and a few readers of this blog raised a total of 64,000 pesos ($4,482 CAD, $3,380 USD) for the Hogar Infantil orphanage.

To those of you who contributed, thank you sooo much!

Today (Friday) will be shopping day. Looking forward to showing you what we purchase for the kids.

Yesterday, the group left San Cristobal de las Casas at 9:00am and headed 45 minutes downhill to the town of Chiapa de Corzo where we met Bob and Denise who had taken a bus and taxi to the same destination.

Chiapa de Corzo is where most of the boats launch to tour the fabulous Sumidero Canyon. Cost is 250 pesos ($17.50 CAD, $13.20 USD) per person for the two and a half hour ride.

Nice day to be on the water.

It was hot though. Here's the group, waiting in the shade.

And we're off! Hold on to your hats!

Two mismatched engines, but whatever works!

Once we pass the highway bridge, we head into the canyon.

The walls are getting higher.

Birdlife along the way.

Looking up the canyon.



You wouldn't expect to see pelicans here.

Heading through the canyon.

The "Christmas Tree" is a mineral formation from an underground spring that exits through the rock at certain times of the year.

Getting close to the base of the "Christmas Tree".

Here comes another tour boat.

We aren't the only ones enjoying the canyon.

Lots of birdlife.

Beautiful scenery!

This little girl had a big grin for her selfie shot!

Our boat captain was pretty good a spotting the wildlife from a distance. I guess when you spend all of your time on the water, you get to know what to look for. He spotted a crocodile way off at the shore, and we went to get a closer look...

But the croc kept himself in the water. 
Best I could do was the eyes... and a tooth!

Later on, we spotted this monkey family.
The male was just hanging around!

But the female was looking after a little one.

She brought him closer for a better view.

So we eventually carry on, when all of a sudden we cut the power and turn sharply towards the shore. We all knew the captain had spotted something, but we couldn't figure out what it was. Turned out to be another crocodile, but this one was just a baby...

Only about 18" long.
We have no idea how he spotted it from way out on the lake.

Overall, a great boat trip. A little hot, but when the boat was moving there was a nice breeze.

We had some lunch and a couple of beers.

Then, we took the group in our van up to the lookouts that are in the National Park above the canyon. Too bad it was a bit hazy, but at least the group could get some views from above to give them a different perspective...



And then, about an hour and a half drive back to the orphanage.

Busy day today... stay tuned for tomorrow's post when we do some shopping!

Sorry for the sporadic posting... we have been hampered by very poor WiFi and cellular internet the last couple of weeks. It has been very sporadic and we're doing the best we can.





6 comments:

  1. Your adventures keep getting better! Great shots of the crocs and the monkeys! Would have loved to be on that boat ride! Sigh!

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    1. Yep, they sure do and we still have lots more interesting things to see in our last month. It has certainly been a fantastic trip in Mexico this winter.

      We have had better pictures of crocodiles from our two previous trips in the canyon but this was certainly our best picture of the monkeys. It really seemed like the mama monkey wanted to come down and showoff her little baby, that was a really treat for us.

      You and Paul need to make a trip to San Cristobal de las Casas, I think you would really like it. From there you could arrange a trip to Chiapa de Corzo and do the boat trip up the canyon.

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  2. Absolutely beautiful canyon and wildlife. Great Mama and Baby monkey shot

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    1. Thank you, and yes the canyon is amazing to see.

      We love that mama monkey and baby shot. We were so lucky to see her. :-)

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  3. You mention crocodiles! Aren't they alligators? At least, the 'baby' on the shore seems to be of the 'alli' family! Great pictures! Fabulous outing!

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    1. No, they are not alligators, they are definitely crocodiles. First off alligators only live in the United States and China and second off, alligators have shorter more rounded snouts, whereas crocodiles have a longer and narrower v-shaped snout.

      Glad that you enjoyed the pictures. :-)

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