The jungles of Chiapas – in Mexico’s southernmost state – are full of surprises; it is an amazing place for those who want to explore nature. The climate of Chiapas is quite tropical, especially in the highlands where the rainfall is much more than the surrounding areas. The abundance of water combined with the many vertical drops, means there are many great waterfalls. We have explored several of these incredible natural wonders, and the falls at Roberto Barrios was top notch, with an unforgettable jungle backdrop and crystal blue water.
Chiapas is best known for coffee production and Mayan Ruins, but this part of Mexico is also covered with many natural wonders, especially these incredible waterfalls. After a morning/afternoon of hiking around temples and ruins in the jungle humidity, it’s time to take a dip in water. The waterfalls are perfect for this; there are some great swimming areas at the waterfalls. Both of us have visited Chiapas on separate trips, and together we have seen these 3 waterfalls located just south of Palenque.
The three waterfalls that we visited – Misol Ha, Agua Azul, and Roberto Barrios – were all located just south of Palenque. If you’re visiting Chiapas, you need to include these waterfalls on your itinerary. Agua Azul is about an hour drive south of Palenque. Misol-Ha and Roberto Barrios were both located about 30-40 minutes south of Palenque (in different directions). 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.
Rob was in Chiapas for the first time a few months ago and visited Roberto Barrios and Misol Ha during his short stay. Agua Azul is the most famous of all the waterfalls, but it had recently received a lot of rainfall, which meant that the falls were muddy and not as picturesque or blue as usual.
Fortunately, Norma visited Chiapas for a week in 2016 and was able to visit Agua Azul and Misol Ha, so combined, we think we have seen the three best falls in the area. She also got to see more Mayan Ruins (Bonampak and Yackxillan) as well as Sumidero Canyon and San Cristobal. More on those later.
Misol Ha was the tallest of the three waterfalls we visited, and underneath is a deep pool of water for swimming. These were very beautiful, a very skinny and high falling waterfall that looked beautiful in the cool morning light. What we enjoyed the most about this one, was that you could walk behind (underneath) the falls for a really unique viewpoint. It was at Misol Ha that we started chatting with a local tour guide, who confirmed that the Agua Azul falls were a bit muddy, and he directed us towards Roberto Barrios instead.
Agua Azul and Roberto Barrios are similar in many ways, with the latter being a bit further off the beaten track. There are many levels to these falls, and each part has a crystal blue lake which is perfect for swimming. While none of the falls here are particularly tall, there are so many to discover that you will certainly be entertained.
These beautiful falls are easy to visit if you have a car, and there are many tours that will take you to multiple stops in the same day. Without a doubt, the waterfalls in Chiapas will blow you away.