Le Agua Azul waterfalls in Mexico they will be one of those images that will remain etched in your mind. You will hardly forget them on your return.
In the process of defining my itinerary in Mexico, I had put Agua Azul as an essential point. I had to see these falls and possibly even take a nice bath.
And so it was!
At the Agua Azul Falls in Mexico
Agua Azul means blue water. The colors of these beautiful pools and waterfalls degrade from blue to teal. A show that deserves to be admired.
They are found in Chiapas a 70 km from Palenque, on the road that leads to the beautiful San Cristobal de Las Casas. The journey, if traveled by car, takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes. This road is littered with tops and curves (see tips for safe travel to Mexico), the kilometers will be felt but upon your arrival all the effort will be rewarded with this ...
Arriving at the Agua Azul waterfalls by car, once you exit the main road you will find two similar-toll booths where they will require the payment of a tax. Don't worry, this is normal. Theoretically they should be gods tolls for the maintenance of the "carrettera".
In the case:
- At the first toll booth they will ask you 20 pesos each
- At the second exit 40.
In total they are therefore 60 pesos each, costs related to August 2016.
Once you have paid the second fee you will be practically near the falls. There's a ample parking where to leave the car and continue on foot.
The area, as you can imagine, is particularly touristy. On the other hand, the people who live in these places live off the income from tourism. TO 70 km from Palenque it's not that they have much to rely on and if they can take advantage of this little paradise, they do it willingly, how to blame them.
Near the parking lot, or in the lower area of the falls, you will find many stalls with local handicrafts at really bargain prices, especially when compared with those of the tourist areas of the Riviera Maya.
There are also many makeshift restaurants with some tables serving typical dishes or simple take-away empanadas. I suggest you to taste the corn with lime and salt, I literally go crazy.
A very long path starts from the parking lot which runs alongside and climbs the beautiful Agua Azul waterfalls. These falls are very special. Usually we expect a single waterfall or more waterfalls in the same point, in reality those of Agua Azul are a succession of pools and waterfalls that make the truly impressive landscape. The most impressive stretch is not far from the parking lot where they reach a height of 6 meters.
The further you go towards the upper part of the falls, the more you will notice how the indigenous population is completely integrated. Local children throw themselves with lianas directly into the pools or play with each other unaware of being in a particularly touristy place.
Council: go up thereand Agua Azul waterfalls as much as possible, you will see that the path will flatten slightly and on your right you will notice an area made up of little "turbulent" pools where you can swim in complete tranquility. So remember your swimsuit and immerse yourself in the turquoise waters of the spectacular Agua Azul waterfalls. Remember to be very careful not to go to areas where there is too much current. It will be a great experience.
The Misol Há waterfalls
Another beautiful place to get in touch with Mexican nature is here Misol Há waterfalls, completely different from the Agua Azul waterfalls. They are located about 20 km from Palenque, always on the road that leads to San Cristobal. They can be reached in a few minutes by car rather than through the use of a colectivos.
Also in this case, if you go with your car there will be two cheaper tolls than in Agua Azul:
- First tax: 10 pesos per person
- Second tax: 20 pesos per person
Misol Há can be said to be a very impressive single waterfall. As soon as it appears to the eye, it is ecstatic and literally speechless. The roar of water falling from a height of more than 30 meters is intense and fascinating. Nature is always fascinating in all its forms, but it is also powerful and must be respected.
There are two paths that you can undertake.
The first consists simply of a few stone steps that will take you from the parking lot to the stretch of water into which the Misol Há waterfall plunges.
The second, however, is more particular. Continuing, leaving the steps on your right, you will enter the humid path that will take you directly in the "backstage" of the waterfall. You can admire it from another perspective. At the end of the path there is also a small paid cave but I cannot tell you what is inside it and not even how much it costs as I have not continued further. Be very careful in the points behind the waterfall, there is a lot of humidity and some rocks are slippery.
Also in Misol Há there is the possibility to swim. Like what happens in the cenotes, they installed a rope from one side of the natural pool to the other where the waterfall breaks. In this way it is possible to remain in complete safety.