The booming city of Tuxtla Gutierrez might be more renowned for its metropolitan aesthetics, but on the outskirts, mountainous highlands and dense rainforest are stockfull of Mayan archaeological sites and Spanish colonial towns. Despite this incredible scenery, however, the area isn’t really a top destination when one thinks of a trip to Mexico. And here’s why it should be.
Cima de las Cotorras, literally meaning sinkhole of the Parrots – in particular – is one of the area’s greatest highlights.
This sinkhole is located in the El Ocote Biosphere Reserve in western Chiapas. And although not the largest and deepest of the area’s sinkholes, it is best known because of the exquisite adventure tours on offer today. The sinkhole itself is 520-feet wide and 460-feet deep, so there are many birds and iguanas living in there. But the most iconic inhabitants are the green parrots.
Hundreds of green parrots fly out in circular patterns every morning and trickle back in the late afternoon. And like many other similar sinkholes in the area, Sima de las Cotorras was most likely formed out of the limestone rock by the gradual dissolving power of an underground river, such as the nearby Río La Venta.
Another unique feature of the nature tours that venture here, include delving 230 feet down from the rim to view more than 40 rock paintings, which experts believed were painted by ancestors of the native Zoque people as many as 10,000 years ago!