|The canyon, with the Grijalva River running through it.|
|Waterfalls in the canyon.|
And then we reached a turn in the canyon, and entered upon a section of the Grijalva blanketed with debris... and trash. The nearby heavy populated city of Tuxtla (with the biggest population in all of the state of Chiapas) is largely responsible for the plastic that floats amongst logs in the canyon. What gets thrown onto the ground gets washed way down to stream, and then flushed into the Grijalva. Recycling is not a popular activity in Mexico, or most of Central America for that matter, and thus, the banks of rivers become dumping grounds for human waste. Mexicans salvage wood in the area, but leave the plastic bottles, bins, coca-cola crates and prescription pill jars to float on.
|The garbage scattered throughout the canyon, with salvagers|
working to collect wood. Plastic stays in the river.
|Despite the upset of pollution, the canyon tour was great.|