Our friend Jeff was moving and needed a co-pilot for a 5-day road trip across Mexico, so Rob decided to tag along for the journey. We needed to find a place to break up this long trip and we chose to spend 2 days exploring Mayan Ruins and Waterfalls in Chiapas. We saw two waterfalls – Roberto Barrios and Misol Ha – both located just south of Palenque where we were staying.
We had originally planned to visit Agua Azul, but the conditions were not perfect, as the normally crystal blue water was muddy due to unusually high rainfall. So instead we “settled” for two other waterfalls – Misol Ha and Roberto Barrios – which were closer to Palenque and allowed us to get back on the road to continue the long drive north towards our destination.
There are many great places in Mexico to explore, especially once you step away from the famous beaches that draw most tourists to the country. There are many great natural wonders waiting to be experienced, and a visit to some of the waterfalls in Chiapas is definately worth the trip.
On our first day in Palenque, we visited the Mayan Ruins, saving the two waterfalls for the second morning, on the day that we were planning to leave.
They were both located about 30-40 minutes south of Palenque. There is a fork in the main highway, with one heading towards Mayan Ruins of Bonampak and the second towards Agua Azul and San Cristobal. We first drove towards Agua Azul, planning to visit Misol Ha.
The two waterfalls we visited couldn’t have been more different. The first set – Misol Ha – was quite tall despite being a fairly mellow flow of water over the edge. It was a quiet and cool morning, so we decided not to go for a swim. These falls would look spectacular in the afternoon, with the sun shining down. The highlight here was being able to walk along a trail to get a view from behind the waterfall, which was a first for me!
The second set was recommended to us by a tour guide we met in the parking lot at Misol Ha, who confirmed our information that the Agua Azul waterfalls weren’t as nice as they usually were. He was quite enthusiastic about the falls at Roberto Barrios, so we took a chance. We were so happy we took his advice!
The falls of Roberto Barrios were waaayyyyy off the beaten track, and we saw no more than 10 other people in the 2 hours we were there. There were many crystal blue pools full of water, and hundreds of different falls scattered throughout the park. It was like a staircase of waterfalls, with 4 or 5 different levels to view them from. We were able to swim in the water and walk around the ledges of the falls.
If we hadn’t planned to drive north that night we might have checked out Agua Azul as well, but we will instead have to visit again sometime in the future.
I don’t think this video needs any further introduction; here is our latest video Chasing Waterfalls in Chiapas.
Chasing Waterfalls in Chiapas
During a cross-country trip across Mexico – we were driving from Playa del Carmen to Monterrey – so in order to break up the journey, we decided to spend a day and a half in Chiapas, exploring the Mayan Ruins and the Waterfalls nearby.
We set our sights on two waterfalls, Misol Ha and Roberto Barrios. These amazing waterfalls are less than an hour south of Palenque, so it’s easy to see two or three different falls on the same day. We had originally planned to see the famous waterfalls of Agua Azul, but the recent rainfall had made them less blue and brown due to the mud, so we had to skip them, choosing these other two instead. It was an incredible experience.