Mexico is an extremely diverse country landscape-wise and the state of Chiapas homes some of the best in the country with lush jungles, Mayan ruins, incredible bodies of water and a beautiful (yet dangerous) fauna. I had the opportunity to travel around Chiapas last month and to discover some of its best waterfalls. So here they are (in no particular order).
A set of incredible waterfalls inside the Lacandona Jungle. The site is managed and taken care of by the tzotziles and the tzeltales who are indigenous groups of people who reside around the area. Rafting is a must here as well as hiking amid the jungle to reach the mirador (lookout point) for the best views of the waterfalls. There is also a suspension bridge for thrill-seekers!
“Aguacero” is a term commonly used by Mexicans to refer to a very heavy rainfall and right so, this place has that term in its name. The reason? You’ll need to walk beneath several waterfalls and get absolutely soaked to be able to reach the last one. An experience you will not soon forget!
Famous for its blue, almost unnatural-looking waters. It is a great daytrip for those who are in Chiapas mainly to visit the archaeological site of Palenque due to its close location to it (64 kilometers). The landscape is complemented by green jungle and a varied fauna from anteaters to jaguars and pumas!
Misol Ha is the Mayan term for “streaming water”. This waterfall is probably one of the most famous in Chiapas due to its beauty and the 20 meter long cave hidden behind it which you can enter and explore and find yet another waterfall inside!
Much less popular than the ones already listed, el Chorreadero is rarely visited by foreigners and remains quite secluded. It is perhaps not as impressive as the rest but equally rewarding. It is located close to the famous Sumidero Canyon near the touristic city of San Cristobal de las Casas. You can bathe inside the pool beneath the waterfall and also enter the impressive cave from which the water of the waterfall comes from without the need of a guide!
El Chiflon is famous due to its colors and the impressive size of its waterfalls – especially the last one, Velo de Novia, with a hight of 120 meters. Zip lining is one of the favorite activities for those visiting. Camping is also practiced here and there are cabins available for those who prefer sleeping comfortably.
These are my personal favorites but you should know that Chiapas has many more to offer. Have you ever visited any of these? Which were your favorites? Did we miss a waterfall? Let us know in the comments!
Bring your swimsuit as all of these waterfalls have pools of water underneath them where you can swim. Sunblock is a must. Bringing your lunch is recommended as well.If you're into camping, it is allowed around all of the waterfalls and some of them have cabins available as well.
Updated: April 20, 2015