San Cristobal de las Casas makes for a great stopover between the Pacific coast and the Yucatán peninsula, but you’d be pleasantly surprised to discover why this place makes for one of our favorite stops in all of Mexico. And San Cristobal tours – which include must-do Mexican cooking classes – vary increasingly, as this cultural hub blooms from a spectacular natural beauty and fascinating Mayan heritage.
However, if you’re gearing up to explore the landmarks of the country, go ahead and pencil a stop in San Cristobal onto your itinerary.
The waterfalls of El Chiflon, in particular, are incredibly beautiful, with vivid turquoise water that is reminiscent of the Plitvice Lakes in Croatia. Whether you want to zipline through the park, go swimming in some of the more peaceful pools, or simply be mesmerized by the view of the water, a visit to El Chiflon should not be missed while you’re staying in San Cristobal.
The waterfall of Misol-Ha, on the other hand, pours over a rock formation and into a pond set so low that looking up at Misol-Ha from the bottom almost feels like sitting at the bottom of a cenote. Like visiting a cenote, you’ll also have the chance to swim while you’re there, or even climb behind the waterfall itself to reach a small cave (and get completely soaked while doing so).
Close to the Lacandon jungle and the Usumacinta River, which divides Mexico and Guatemala, dozens of waterfalls dot the landscape. However one of the most majestic of these falls – and one the best things to do in Chiapas overall – has to be Agua Azul.
The Agua Azul waterfalls are located roughly 40 miles (60 kilometers) from the Palenque ruins and 80 miles (130 kilometers) from San Cristobal de las Casas.
The waterfalls get their name, meaning blue water, perhaps rather obviously because the water thundering down it has a bright blue hue. Their incredible color is, in fact, because of their high mineral content, which deposits itself on the rock.
The limestone-rich deposits also give the waterfall an interesting, undulating shape. In the rainy season, when water pounds down the falls with a higher intensity and picks up silt, the blue color is less obvious, but the cascades are impressive nonetheless.