If you find yourself in the state of Chiapas, famous for its nature and biodiversity, one of the places you simply cannot miss is the Misol-Ha Waterfall. The name Misol Ha, is Mayan for “streaming water”. The waterfall is located amid the jungle only 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) from the well-known architectural site Palenque. In fact, the area around the waterfall makes up for an excellent way to spend the night for those who love nature as you can camp there or stay in a cabin.
The main activity is to see and walk behind the splendorous waterfall that reaches a height of 30 meters, and swim in the pools of water beneath it. However, the site has much more to offer such as the Grotto, a 20 meter long cave behind the waterfall which you can enter and see yet another waterfall inside as well as fossils and bats.
The fauna in the area will leave you speechless with mammals such as coyotes, armadillos, bunnies, anteaters, squirrels, tlacuaches, deer, oncillas and more; birds such as toucans, parrots, chachalacas, sparrowhawks, etc; reptiles such as boas, iguanas, bothrops aspers and more.
The great thing about Misol-Ha is that it makes for a great starting point or even a base to other great locations in Chiapas such as Palenque (20 kilometers away), Agua Azul Waterfalls (60 kilometers away), Tonina Archaeoligical Site (103 kilometers away), Yaxchilan Archaeological Site (130 kilometers away) and Bonampak Archaeological Site (140 kilometers away).
If you're keen in discovering the site by yourself without booking a tour, you can take a transport service from Palenque that will leave you near the waterfall, afterwards you must walk approximately 1.5 kilometers down the road.