Cascada La Reforma (The Reform Waterfall) is one of the best waterfalls in Oaxaca that is best visited as a half-day trip from the beachside town of Puerto Escondido.
I have put together this complete guide of Cascada La Reforma including how to to get there, how much it costs, the best time to visit and what to expect!
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HOW TO GET TO CASCADA LA REFORMA
As I mentioned before, Cascada La Reforma is best visited as a half-day trip from the popular surf town of Puerto Escondido on Mexico’s southwest coast.
Cascada La Reforma is 38km northeast of Puerto Escondido and it takes around 1 hour and 45 minutes driving.
There are two ways of getting to Cascada De La Reforma and they are:
1. With a tour company
You can book a tour to visit Cascada La Reforma which can be booked through your accommodation in Puerto Escondido or from one of the tourist offices around town. The tour costs around 800 MXN per person.
2. Rent a scooter and DIY
The cheaper way to visit Cascada La Reforma (the way I did it) is to rent a scooter in Puerto Escondido for 400 MXN per day and make your own way out to these epic falls.
Note: The first 45 minutes of driving is along a tar sealed road from Puerto Escondido towards San Pedro Mixtepec which is the easy part. You will then have to make a right-hand turn on to Av. Constitución which is a very windy dirt road that takes 1 hour to reach Cascada La Reforma. I had no issues driving on the dirt road on my scooter, but as always make sure to go slowly around corners.
Drone shot of Cascada La Reforma
Cascada La Reforma
BEST TIME TO VISIT CASCADA LA REFORMA OAXACA
The best time to visit Cascada La Reforma is between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm when the sun rays fill the valley.
If you visit outside of these times, Cascada La Reforma will almost be completely in the shade making it quite cold and not that inviting to go for a swim.
CASCADA LA REFORMA ENTRANCE FEE
The entrance fee at Cascada La Reforma is only 10 MXN. That’s just 50c, cheap as chips if you ask me!
A small shop can be found at the entrance to Cascada La Reforma where you can purchase some snacks, soft drinks, beer and water before heading down to the falls.
Toilet facilities can also be found at the entrance though there is nothing once you get down to the waterfall. So if you need to go to the loo, this is the time to do it.
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The jump-off point at Cascada La Reforma
Snack shop and toilets
Rainbows and waterfalls
WHAT TO EXPECT AT CASCADA LA REFORMA
Once you’ve paid the entrance fee, gone to the toilet and purchased some snacks, it’s an easy 10 to 15 minute walk from the entrance down into the valley to reach Cascada La Reforma.
The trail down to the waterfall is a combination of a dirt path, some concrete steps and metal hand railings making it easily accessible for all sorts of travelers.
The first set of falls you will come to features a large freshwater swimming hole and a 5 meter waterfall at one end that stretches across a chiseled rock face. It’s possible to swim here but be careful of the current as it can be quite strong and potentially dangerous if it pulls you downstream.
We opted not to go for a dip here as the current was too strong. With the main set of falls in sight, we decided to continue along the trail.
You will have to cross over the stream here to reach the stairs on the other side and continue along the path to the main falls. The stream is only knee-deep in one section so it’s quite easy and safe to cross.
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The first set of falls at Cascada La Reforma Oaxaca
Crossing the stream
Aerial shot of Cascada La Reforma
THE MAIN FALLS
Once you cross the stream, it’s a short 5 minute walk along a concrete footpath that emerges at the basin of the almighty Cascada La Reforma!
I was in complete awe when I laid my eyes on Cascada La Reforma. I could feel its immense power and energy with every step closer. My guess is that Cascada La Reforma is around 50 meters tall and the catch basin is 50 meters wide, surrounded by lush greenery and slate rocks. It’s honestly one of the most impressive waterfalls I have ever seen!
It’s possible to go for a dip here to cool off, though make sure to stay behind the yellow rope and don’t go directly beneath the falls. As tempting as this might be, the power of the surging water from the falls is no joke.
We spent around 1 hour at Cascada La Reforma, swimming in the natural pool and sunbaking on the rocks. Oh, and we were the only tourists there the entire time!
If you’re looking for a half-day trip away from the beaches in Puerto Escondido, be sure to make the effort to visit Cascada La Reforma, I guarantee you won’t regret it!
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Aerial perspective of Cascada De La Reforma
Down in the catch basin of the main falls
Cascada La Reforma
Marveling at the main falls
About to go for a dip!
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WHERE TO STAY IN PUERTO ESCONDIDO
Puerto Escondido has hundreds of accommodations to choose from so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay in Puerto Escondido to suit the needs of luxury travelers and budget backpackers. See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Posada Real Puerto Escondido
One of the best luxury resorts in Puerto Escondido! Located right on the beachfront with a private beach club, 2 restaurants, 3 bars, 2 outdoor pools, tennis court, mini-golf, games room and water sports facilities. The rooms are air-conditioned with ocean and garden views, large comfortable beds, spacious living, cable tv, coffee maker and private bathroom. Perfect for couples, families and friends.
Mid Range: Casa Losodeli
I personally stayed at Casa Losodeli and can’t recommend this place enough! From the moment you step in the door, you will feel like family. Centrally located and walking distance to the beaches, bars, restaurants and cafes. Featuring an outdoor pool, co-working space, free wifi, cafe, communal area, shared kitchen, bar, beautiful gardens and free bicycle rental. Choose from a dorm room, private room or fully equipped apartment with a kitchen and flat-screen tv. Perfect for solo travelers, couples, friends and families!
Budget: Casa Daikiri
Casa Daikiri is rated as one of the best budget accommodations in Puerto Escondido. Just a stone’s throw from the famous Zicatela Beach, this vibrant hostel features an outdoor swimming pool, free wifi, shared kitchen, tour desk, sun terrace and well-kept gardens. Choose from either a dorm room, triple room or a double suite each with air conditioning, seating area, patio and pool views. Perfect place to stay for solo travelers, couples and friends!
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I hope you enjoyed reading this article and if you have any questions at all about Cascada De La Reforma, please leave me a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.