5 must see waterfalls in Chiapas, mexico

We’ve spent six months in Mexico and Chiapas has quickly become one of our favorite states. The natural beauty of this area of the world is breathtaking. Chiapas is best known for it’s waterfalls, and for good reason. There seems to be one around every corner. This is a great thing if you’re like us and prefer less crowded places to visit. The most well known waterfalls bring buses full of tourists, but you can easily find a lesser known one to have all to yourself (or share with very few people, often locals).

During our exploration of Chiapas, we visited both touristy and less visited waterfalls. We didn’t get to see them all, including the popular El Chiflon. In no way is this list comprehensive, just our humble opinion of the ranking of the falls we personally experienced.

5 Agua Azul

This is arguably the most popular waterfall in Chiapas. Why is it our fifth favorite and not number one?

1. It was very crowded. There are many tour buses in the parking lot. A lot of stalls were set up to take advantage of the influx of tourists.

2. The water was quite brown when we were there in November.

3. The falls weren’t as swim friendly as the others we had been to. I still managed to get in, but I was the only person getting wet. The bottom of the swimming holes are mud that you sink in when you try to stand. Many rocks are slippery, cuidado!

Despite all these shortcomings, I can see why it is so popular. In the right season, the water is a beautiful turquoise color and more safe to swim in. It is easy to visit because of all the tour buses bringing people. The walkway along the falls go for a long time, making an enjoyable scenic walk that is very accessible. Some other waterfalls in Chiapas are much harder to get to and explore. Unfortunately, almost nothing in Mexico is wheelchair accessible.

Entrance: we got here in the dark and no one collected money from us, but sources say you pay twice – 25 pesos per person then 40 pesos per person

Parking: free

Camping: free, no facilities. There are restaurants nearby who’s bathrooms you can use if you eat there.

No cell signal, about one hour of wifi provided free at restaurants nearby if you order something.

4 Misol Ha

Misol Ha is perhaps the tallest waterfalls we saw in Chiapas. It cascades into a large swimming hole at the bottom. There is a walkway to the left of the falls that leads you behind the falls. You will get wet! The path continues to the right of the biggest waterfall, and ends in front of a cave. I have heard there is another waterfall inside of the wave, but didn’t check it out personally. You need a flashlight and to walk through knee deep water to get to it. There is a man sitting near the cave with a flashlight. I’m not sure if he was selling it or renting the use of it.

This makes it to fourth on our list because of its grandeur and the lush green pathway that leads behind the cascades. It’s an immersive experience being able to walk behind such a massive waterfall. Wearing a swimsuit or something you don’t mind getting wet is recommended.

Entrance: 20 pesos per person + 10 pesos per person for use of road (paid at a checkpoint on the road) = $1.50 USD total

Parking: free

Camping: we didn’t camp, so not sure. Some people on the interwebs say it’s free, some say 100-150 pesos, some say no camping allowed. I dunno.

No cell signal, no wifi.

3 Roberto Barrios

This spot has endless cascadas, going in all different directions from the entrance. To the right, locals are often washing their clothes. To the left, there is a rocky pathway leading to some falls and public restrooms. The path continues and at some point branches off into numerous dirt paths through dense trees and bushes. If you want to keep going, it’s a little like those choose-your-own-adventure books. Take whatever path you’re drawn to, but remember how to get back. There’s a lot to explore at this unique cluster of waterfalls.

Also, there is a little restaurant by the entrance with delicious empanadas and coconut paletas. Don’t miss out on those!

Entrance: 30 pesos per person = $1.50 USD

Parking: 10 pesos = $0.50 USD

Camping: free, bathroom use is 5 pesos, I think they are locked at night, but I didn’t check.

No cell signal, no wifi.

2 El Chorreadero

Imagine a waterfall coming out of a bat cave. You don’t have to just imagine it, because it exists and you can visit it!

There are many smaller falls leading up to the big one coming out of the cave. There are multiple pools to swim in, and even a rope to swing into the largest pool we saw.

We climbed up the somewhat sketchy stairs to the top of the main fall. They are carved out of the rock which is beautiful, but they are a bit slanted. The waterfall is right there, so water is splashing on them. I held tight to the rope along the wall and was grateful that they had put it there.

At the top, you get to enjoying the experience of being at the entrance of this unique cave. The bottom was rushing water that was feeding the cascades, but the side had slick marble-like slabs that you could sit or stand on. It was quite a view of the place… perhaps not for those who have a fear of heights… or dark scary caves.

As we were leaving the cave around sunset, we witnessed bats flying overhead, and heard their echolocation chirps. It was very cool, but I was glad that I was on my way out of their home.

Entrance: 50 pesos per person = $2.50 USD

Parking: free

Camping: 100 pesos = $5 USD, bathrooms and showers available during business hours.

No cell signal, no wifi.

Drumroll…….and our favorite waterfall in Chiapas is:

1 El Aguacero

El Aguacero is more than just a waterfall, it is a natural water park. The rocks are, how do I explain this, sticky? Meaning you can walk up them without slipping, most of the time. A good rule is, if there’s water running over the rock, the slimy stuff that could make you slip likely isn’t there. There are plenty of slippery areas, so use caution.

The really cool thing about this waterfall that puts it at #1 for me is that you can get inside and behind the falls. There’s a really fun cave to the right that you can swim inside of, or go through the small hole in the cave and emerge behind the falls. It is like Disneyland if you love the outdoors.

To get to it is an adventure on its own. You walk down many steps to the bottom of a canyon with a tall rock wall on your right, and a river at the bottom. There’s about 10 more minutes of hiking and going over boulders and wading in the river until you witness the grand El Aguacero.

There is plenty of exploring to be done, nooks and other smaller falls to be found, and I’ll leave the rest for you to discover on your own.

Entrance: 50 pesos per person = $1.25 USD

Parking: free

Camping: 100 pesos = $5, bathrooms and showers, no hook-ups (some legit looking outlets that don’t work)

No cell signal, no wifi.

I hope you enjoyed reading about our five favorite waterfalls in Chiapas. Again, we didn’t get to see all the falls in the state, and I’m sure we missed some really cool ones. Let us know about your favorites so we can experience them next time we’re in this area.

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