El Aguacero Chiapas (Cascada El Aguacero) is one of the most impressive waterfalls I have ever seen! Located just 1-hour drive from Tuxtla City, Cascada El Aguacero features a downpour of silvery curtain-like falls with multiple tiers that flows seamlessly into Cañon Río La Venta.
I have put together this complete guide of Cascada El Aguacero Chiapas including where it is, how to get there, how much it costs and what to expect!
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HOW TO GET TO EL AGUACERO CHIAPAS
Cascada El Aguacero is located 1 hours drive west of Tuxtla City (Tuxtla Gutiérrez) in the state of Chiapas, Mexico.
I recommend spending 1 or 2 nights in Tuxtla City to visit Cascada El Aguacero and also the Sumidero Canyon.
Getting to El Aguacero Chiapas can be a little bit tricky but it is doable…
There are a few options on how to get to Cascada El Aguacero from Tuxtla City and they are with a tour company, with a Colectivo (public bus), rent a car or with a local.
WITH A TOUR COMPANY:
The easiest and most convenient way to reach Cascada El Aguacero Chiapas is to book a half-day or a full-day tour with one of the many tour companies dotted around Tuxtla City.
You can also try asking at your hotel or hostel in Tuxtla whether they have a contact for a local guide that offers tours to El Aguacero Chiapas.
The cost of a tour to El Aguacero Chiapas is around 300 MXN.
WITH THE COLECTIVO (PUBLIC BUS):
Another option is to hop in a Colectivo in Tuxtla City that is bound for the town of El Aguacero Chiapas and the cost is around 35 MXN. However, the Colectivo will only be able to drop you off on the main road and not to the entrance of the El Aguacero Waterfall.
Be sure to notify the driver that you wish to be dropped off as close as possible to Cascada El Aguacero. From the main road, you will have to walk down to the falls which takes approximately 45-minutes each way. Click here for the exact pin location to be dropped off.
RENT A CAR:
If you don’t want to book a tour or jump in a Colectivo, the next best option is to rent a car in Tuxtla City and make your own way out to El Aguacero Chiapas.
The cost of a car rental in Tuxtla is around 400-500 MXN per day which can be picked up from the airport or in town.
Alternatively, you can search for rental cars on the Rentalcars.com website and book online ahead of time to be guaranteed the best rates.
WITH A LOCAL:
Another option to consider when searching for how to get to Cascada El Aguacero is to get in contact with a friendly local via Tuxtla Facebook Groups or on the Couchsurfing website. The locals love meeting travelers passing through Tuxtla and are always up for an adventure!
This is the way my friends and I visited El Aguacero with a friendly local named Carlos. He picked us up in his car from Hostel Tres Central where we were staying in Tuxtla and we spent the entire day with him hanging out at the falls and later went for drinks in the city.
If you want to get in touch with Carlos as well, you can contact him on Instagram!
Meet Carlos and the gang!
EL AGUACERO CHIAPAS ENTRANCE FEE
When you arrive at the jump-off point for Cascada El Aguacero, you’ll have to pay an entrance fee of 36 MXN per person.
Also in the main parking lot, you can find toilet facilities and a small snack shop to purchase something to eat and drink before heading down the stairs to the falls.
THE HIKE DOWN TO CASCADA EL AGUACERO
I’m going to be honest with you… the hike from the top of the cliffs down into the canyon to reach to main falls at El Aguacero is quite easy, but it’s the coming up again part that is the most challenging.
It’s approximately 700 steps down and 700 steps back up again! Yep, not an easy hike… but it is 110% worth it to experience the epicness of Cascada El Aguacero through your own eyes!
Going down takes no more than 20 minutes from top to bottom and the trail consists of a concrete staircase with handrailings so it’s very safe for all sorts of travelers.
The time it takes to hike back up all depends on your level of fitness. It is quite a steep set of stairs that can be unforgiving, but it shouldn’t take the average person any more than 30-minutes to get back to the top.
The jump-off point at El Aguacero
The stairs down to Cascada El Aguacero
WHAT TO EXPECT AT EL AGUACERO CHIAPAS
The stairs will eventually emerge at the river’s edge and this is where you can either get your feet wet and walk through the ankle-deep water upstream to the falls or take the bush track along the left-hand side of the river bank.
I guarantee you will be in complete awe once you take your first steps upstream and see the towering canyon walls that envelope the river. Cascada El Aguacero will soon present itself as you come around the bend, so be prepared for that also!
El Aguacero is broken up into different streams that flow down the cliff face in a curtain-like way and a number of freshwater rock pools have been formed because of this.
My friends and I set down our belongings on a large dry rock beside the river and climbed up to explore the multiple cascades beneath the main falls. We found some epic little caves and tunnel shoots behind the curtain of falls and enjoyed a natural shower under the downpour of water while we were at it.
Walking upstream to Cascadas El Aguacero Chiapas
Hanging out at Cascada El Aguacero Chiapas
Scott taking a shower at the falls
Marveling at Cascada El Aguacero
CASCADA EL AGUACERO – CONTINUED
Once you’ve had a play around under the main set of falls, continue walking upstream for another 2 minutes to find another series of waterfalls that are quite smaller but equally as impressive.
Discover more caves and tranquil jungle scenes up this way which are not to be missed on your El Aguacero adventure!
You could easily spend a whole day hanging out at El Aguacero, swimming in the cascades and immersing yourself in nature. Be sure to pre-pack a picnic and some drinks if you do decide to make a day of it.
The best time to visit El Aguacero Chiapas is between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm when the sun is directly above the canyon providing warm sunshine down by the falls. If you visit outside of these hours it can get quite chilly when the canyon is in the shade.
I hope this guide and my photos motivate you to visit Cascada El Aguacero as it is truly one of the best fun-fuelled experiences to have in Chiapas!
El Aguacero Chiapas
Smaller waterfalls at El Aguacero
Hanging out at Cascada El Aguacero
PIN LOCATION OF CASCADA EL AGUACERO
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WHERE TO STAY IN TUXTLA
Tuxtla City has dozens of accommodations to choose from so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay in Tuxtla to suit the needs of luxury travelers and budget backpackers. See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
LUXURY: MARRIOTT TUXTLA HOTEL
MID RANGE: HOLIDAY INN TUXTLA
BUDGET: HOSTAL TRES CENTRAL
FOR ALL OTHER PLACES TO STAY IN TUXTLA, SEARCH ON AGODA OR SEARCH ON BOOKING.COM
MY CAMERA GEAR
• DSLR Mirrorless Camera: Sony A7ii
• Drone Camera: DJI Mavic Pro 2
• GoPro: GoPro Hero 8 Black
• Everyday Lens: Sony F2.8 24/70mm
• Camera Bag: Lowepro Protactic 31L
• Selfie Stick: Sandmarc Metal Edition 1.2m
• Tripod: Joby Flexible GorillaPod
• GoPro Dome: Underwater GoPro Dome
• Power Bank: Anker Powerbank
• External Hardrive: WD Elements 4TB
WHAT TO PACK FOR MEXICO?
• Waterproof Phone Case: Universal Waterproof Case
• Reusable Water Bottle: Hydro Flask Water Bottle
• Rain Jacket: North Face Rain Jacket
• Water Shoes: Slip-on Water Shoes
• Day Bag: Nomatic 20L Day Bag
• Power Adapter: Universal Power Adapter
• Packing Cubes: 4 Set Packing Cubes
• Microfibre Towel: Quick Dry Travel Towel
• Travel Insurance: World Nomads Travel Insurance
• Money Belt: Hidden Money Belt
I hope you enjoyed reading this article and if you have any questions at all about El Aguacero Chiapas, please leave me a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.