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El Ocote Reserve Adventure: Sinkhole Rappelling & Hiking (Full-Day)

On this full-day adventure in El Ocote Biosphere Reserve, rappel (abseil) down a massive sinkhole with an expert guide, explore the subterranean world below, and discover ancient paintings on the cave walls. Go hiking in the lush forests to the outstanding Aguacero Waterfall. Get outside and explore on this thrilling day in El Ocote!

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Go Rappelling, See Cave Painting, and More on this Ocote Reserve Adventure

The Sima de las Cotorras is a spectacular, massive sinkhole in the El Ocote UNESCO Biosphere Reserve caused by tectonic processes and erosive limestone. Thousands of neon green parakeets live in the walls of the sinkhole, and vines and thick vegetation hang down from above.

On this full-day Ocote Reserve adventure, rappel (abseil) down the Sima de las Cotorras and explore the awesome subterranean world below. See the Zoque cave paintings drawn by the remote canyon’s first original inhabitants. Safety equipment, demonstration, and a trained guide are all included in your experience.

Then, hike to the La Venta River Canyon and descend 700 stairs to see the Aguacero Waterfall. Enjoy lunch on-site. This thrilling Ocote Reserve adventure is perfect for curious, outdoorsy travelers willing to get their hands dirty!

Tour Information

From Tuxtla Gutiérrez: 8:30 am – 15:00 pm
From San Cristóbal: 7:00 am – 18:00 pm
Start and End Location: Hotel pick-up/drop-off from Tuxtla Gutierrez or San Cristóbal
Availability: Year-round

What’s Included

  • Round-trip transportation to/from hotel in Tuxtla Gutiérrez or San Cristóbal
  • Lunch and water
  • Rappelling equipment (helmet, harness, ropes, etc.)
  • Entrance fees to the Biosphere Reserve
  • Insurance (contact for more detailed information)
  • Excursion guide

What to Bring

  • Sun glasses and hat
  • Sunblock
  • Insect repellent
  • Comfortable clothing and footwear and an additional set of clothes
  • Full-size bath towel
  • Binoculars
  • Waterproof jacket for rainy season (July-November)

Important Notes

  • This experience is moderately difficult.
  • This experience is not recommended for persons over 60 years old, pregnant women, or children under 7 years old.


Chiapas, Mexico

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Chiapas, Mexico 16.753800, -93.116000

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