Chiapas, Mexico

March/April 2009






In late March we travelled to the state of Chiapas, Mexico to bird, hike, and camp in the El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve.  Our trip was led by Mark Pretti of Mark Pretti Nature Tours (Hereford, Arizona) with local guide Jorge Montejo of the El Triunfo reserve.  We flew into Tuxtla Gutierrez (see map right) and after a morning in nearby Sumidero Canyon, drove to Jaltenango, the next morning to the coffee farm Finca Prusia, and from there hiked ~8 miles up to the El Triunfo base camp at ~6500 ft elevation.  After three nights at the high base camp we worked our way down the opposite side of the ridge through three different camp sites, eventually finding ourselves in Mapastepec, then to Tapachula, and on to home.


Getting There | High Camp | Descending | Birds | Flora and Fauna | More Birds!

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Getting There



Robert at the Hotel Palmarecas
in Tuxtla Gutierrez

Fearless leader Mark Pretti

Sumidero Canyon

Overlook at Sumidero

Rio Grijalva below

Canyon view

The canyon is the result of
the river cutting through a
3000 ft limestone dome


Guardrails?  What guardrails?

Liza & Robert at the overlook

Out of the canyon, birding en
route to Jaltenango at the Rio
Acatengo

The welcome mat :-) at the Hotel
El Triunfo in Jaltenango

Steve Mouras in the lobby

Robert outside the Hotel El Triunfo,
Jaltenango

Obligatory beer-drinking photo

Ron Beck and Robert on our wheels
to Finca Prusia - a cattle truck...

Liza & Robert on the truck

Liza runs her fingers through
Ron's hair :-)

Federico of El Triunfo, Mark, and
Ron on the truck

En route to Finca Prusia

Coca-Cola stop en route to Finca
Prusia


Gear getting ready for the hike up
to high camp

One of the several patient burros
who carried all of the gear

Getting There | High Camp | Descending | Birds | Flora and Fauna | More Birds!

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