Waterfalls of Chiapas – Agua Azul and Misol-HaApril 21st, 2013 | Posted by in Mexico | Parks | The Places We've Been
Conveniently located just off Mexico 199 on the route between San Cristobal de las Casas and Palenque are the jungle-shrouded waterfall sites of Agua Azul and Misol-Ha. Aside from their proximity to Chiapas’ most famous Mayan ruins (and, obviously, the fact that they are both made of water moving quickly to a lower place), the similarities aren’t nearly as numerous as the contrasts.
- Composition: A series of smaller cascades, ranging up to twenty or so feet high, spread over about a quarter of a mile of river.
- Highlight: Surreal teal-colored pools.
- Climate: Hot and muggy. It’s the jungle.
- Activities: A trail runs uphill from the entrance the length of the cascades. There are several boardwalkish vista points that afford good views. Swimming is by far the most popular activity; a side-pool of greyish-blue water is a popular (and safe) spot. Swimming in the larger and bluer pools is apparently allowed (though a few signs indicate otherwise).
- Services: There are dozens of small food stands, several larger comedors, and a few full-blown restaurants near the entrance. Stands and stalls of local crafts line the entrance and the length of the trail.
- Tourist Factor: Definitely crowded (on a Saturday). Not many gringos.
- Price: 38 pesos ($3.00 US) per person.
- Composition: A single 115-foot plunge over a cliff above into a near-circular pool below.
- Highlight: The dramatic height of the main waterfall.
- Climate: Hot and muggy. Seriously, it’s the jungle.
- Activities: A single footpath winds around the circumference of the large pool the falls empty into. Swimming is allowed, and there are several ropes criss-crossing the water, presumably for safety purposes. There is a cave up behind the falls, though there is an extra charge to get in (we did not partake, so we can’t say much about it).
- Services: Much more limited than Agua Azul. There was one comedor near the parking lot and another closer to the falls. Not much in terms of crafts or souvenirs.
- Tourist Factor: Definitely crowded (on a Sunday). Not many gringos.
- Price: 20 pesos ($1.60 US) per person. Add another 20 for vehicular access.