Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

March 29, 2018

Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas

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Sumidero Canyon

I got out of bed at 6am, made myself a cup of coffee and headed off down the street to catch the collectivo to Chiapa de Corzo. After a few false starts, I eventually found the right van, paid my 15 pesos and arrived at the port for the boats up the canyon. I am the only one there. I wait for some more people, pay my 200 pesos for the boat ride, and wait some more.

Mexican Spider Monkey
Mexican Spider Monkey (Ateles geoffroyi vellerosus)

Eventually we filled up the boat, got our life jackets and hopped on the boat. We sped off up the river. First stop was at some Mexican Spider Monkeys by the side of the river. These monkeys are listed as Critically Endangered. 🙁

Mexican Spider Monkey
Mexican Spider Monkey (Ateles geoffroyi vellerosus)

I think this one is a female adult. She has got a tracking device around her neck. The other one had one too.

Snowy Egret
Snowy Egret

Not a great variety of birds on the river. A few Great Egrets and Snowy Egrets, lots of comorants, an oriole or two, and a Kingfisher. Oh, lots of Black Vulture circling overhead, waiting for someone to die!

American Crocodile
American Crocodile (Crocodylus acutus)

On the way back we stopped to see this American Crocodile on a rock. Their
numbers are increasing due to studies and management. Another boat gate-crashed our party and it slithered into the river. 🙁

Sumidero Canyon Tourist Boat
Tourist Boat

And here is what the boats look like. This one was going up the river while we were going home.

Sumidero Canyon animal list

Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Brown Pelican
Black Vulture
Mexican Spider Monkey (Ateles geoffroyi vellerosus)
American Crocodile (Crocodylus acutus)

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