Chiapa de Corzo is the most common embarkation pointto the Sumidero Canyon, a 40-minutes drive from Tuxtla Gutierrez. Chiapa de Corzo is known as the peaceful colonial town on the banks of the Rio Grijalva. It was the first city ever founded by the Spanish in the State of Chiapas (1523) founded by the Spaniard, Diego de Mazariegos. As the story goes, when his army invaded the local indigenous peoples’ settlement a few kilometres downstream from here, they all jumped to their deaths in the canyon rather than surrender to his forces. Mazariegos eventually left to found what is today San Cristobal de las Casas, preferring the climate and less hostile reception he encountered there.
In January, from 15 to 23, Chiapa de Corzo holds Fiesta de San Sebastian:
Chiapa de Corzo welcomes the integration of Mestizos with a communal ritual, the most intense in the world of Chiapas: a festival of Parachicos. This festival is famous for the colorful parade of Parachicos with masked dancers and parade of cars transformed into allegory on front of which there is a representation of legendary figure of the benefactor Doña Maria de Angulo. The simulation of a naval battle with fireworks takes place in the river the night of 21 January. If you travel to Chiapas within these dates, visiting Chiapa de Corzo is A MUST!