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Las Nubes Waterfalls

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Las Nubes Waterfalls
  • (worth a detour)
  • 10+ km
  • Moderate
  • Average
  • full day
  • 2 2

A top-notch spot for water rafting

Kayak rental: $50 pesos per hour
Rafting: $2000 pesos por 6 people

Las Nubes “The Clouds” Waterfalls is a set of natural waterfalls that are formed by the Santo Domingo River. The turquoise colored water pools created below the waterfalls and the flora around them create an intense landscape that will leave its visitors speechless.


Las Nubes Waterfalls are located 120 kilometers away from the city of Comitán just past the famous site Lagunas de Montebello (lagoons) in the Montes Azules reserve inside the Lacandona jungle.


Inside the site there is a restaurant, cabins to spend the night, restrooms and a camping area. Kayak rentals are available and rafting in the river is a popular activity for visitors. There is a mirador (lookout point) available after a short hike in the jungle for you to view the landscape from a bird’s point of view as well as a suspension bridge for the very brave only. Another popular activity is birdwatching.


The area around the waterfalls is inhabited by 276 indigenous people, the tzotziles and the tzeltales, who are the ones in charge of maintaining the site and visiting it is a great way to support their community as they rely mostly on tourism.


The fauna around here is varied and it includes toucans, parrots, wild boards, spider monkeys, howler monkeys, armadillos, anteaters, jaguars, pumas, ocelots, and more.


For those who wish to spend the night here, there are several rules you should be aware of: lights should be off at 10 pm, the curfew is at 10 pm and waste should be thrown in its right place.