Cascadas El Chiflon is easily one of the most incredible waterfalls I have ever seen! Boasting not just one but five EPIC waterfalls and turquoise-colored cascades flowing down a lush green valley which can all be explored via an easy walking trail.
I have put together this ultimate guide of Cascadas El Chiflon including how to get there, the best time to visit, how much it costs and what to expect!
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WHERE IS CASCADAS EL CHIFLÓN
Cascadas del Chiflon is located next to a small village called San Vicente La Mesilla in the state of Chiapas, Mexico.
From San Cristobal de las Casas, it’s approximately a 3-hour drive south to reach Cascadas El Chiflon and from Comitan City, it’s a 45-minute drive.
HOW TO GET TO CASCADA EL CHIFLON
There are a few ways of reaching El Chiflon Chiapas and that is either with a tour company, with a Colectivo (public bus) or DIY in a rental car.
Majority of travelers that visit Cascadas El Chiflón take a day tour from San Cristobal de las Casas, whereas some other travelers like to do visit El Chiflon on their own which is also doable.
WITH A TOUR COMPANY:
The easiest and most convenient way to reach Cascadas El Chiflon is to book a full-day tour from San Cristobal de las Casas. I recommend booking the Cascada El Chiflon tour online in advance on the Get Your Guide website which has great reviews and hundreds of bookings.
The tour includes a hotel pick-up in San Cristobal, a visit to Cascadas del Chiflon, boat cruise and swim at Montebello Lakes National Park, then returning to San Cristobal with a hotel drop-off.
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WITH A COLECTIVO (PUBLIC BUS):
Another option is to take a coach bus from San Cristobal to Comitan City, which is a 2-hour drive south, and from here you will have to change into a Colectivo bound for Cascadas de Chiflon that takes around 45-minutes.
Alternatively, you can travel from San Cristobal to Comitan and spend one night in a hotel the day before you plan to visit El Chiflon. This is the way I did it and it means you can get to Cascadas El Chiflon in the early morning before the crowds start to arrive.
The cost of the coach bus from San Cristobal to Comitan is 50 MXN and the cost of the Colectivo from Comitan to Cascadas El Chiflon is 35 MXN.
RENT A CAR:
If you wish to visit Cascadas del Chiflon Chiapas DIY in the most convenient and hassle-free way, you can rent a car in San Cristobal or in Comitan and make your own way out to El Chiflon Waterfall.
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Turquoise-colored cascades at El Chiflón
Cascadas El Chiflon
ARRIVING AT CASCADAS EL CHIFLON
There is a large sign and an archway that clearly marks the turnoff to Cascada El Chiflon, so you can’t get lost. From the main road to the entrance, it’s shot 5-minute drive or a 15-minute walk along a cobblestone driveway.
If you are visiting El Chiflon Chiapas with a tour, the bus will drop you directly to the entrance.
For those taking a Colectivo from Comitan to Cascadas El Chiflon, you’ll be dropped off on the main road and from here you can either walk or jump in the back of a tuk-tuk and be driven to the entrance for an additional 10 MXN.
There is an entrance fee of 50 MXN that is to be paid at the ticket office before beginning the hike to El Chiflon Waterfall.
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The entrance to Cascada El Chiflon
Cascada El Chiflon map
The ticket office at Cascadas El Chiflon
THE HIKING TRAIL TO EL CHIFLON CHIAPAS
Once you pass through the entrance gates there is a single pathway that lines the river’s edge all the way up to the main falls at Cascadas El Chiflon and it takes around 20 to 30 minutes from start to finish.
The trail is a combination of concrete paths and ramps, stone steps and steel handrailings which makes the hike suitable for all sorts of travelers. It’s a very tranquil walk beneath a canopy of lush rainforest and the sounds of the flowing stream and chirping birds add to the jungle vibes.
Along the way to main falls at El Chiflon you can find a few rest areas and sheltered huts on the sides of the river bed which is a perfect spot for a picnic if you have a pre-packed lunch. You can also take a dip in these calm, turquoise waters but I recommend waiting till the very end to jump in and cool off once you’ve worked up a decent sweat.
There is also a number of camping sites and cabanas along the river’s edge that can be rented for an overnight stay which would be a pretty awesome experience! Best to inquire at the ticket office for rates and availability if you sporadically decide to spend the night at Cascadas El Chiflon.
Some other great attractions along the trail up to Cascadas El Chiflon is a series of zip lines for the adrenaline junkies! There is a 300-meter and 600-meter zip line to choose from, or you can do both! The cost is 150 MXn for the 300-meter, 200 MXn for the 600-meter and the package deal to do both zip lines totaling 900-meters is 300 MXN.
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On the trail to Cascada El Chiflon
Rest areas at Cascadas El Chiflon Chiapas
Jungle scenes at Cascadas El Chiflon
Zip line at Cascadas del Chiflon
THE FIRST WATERFALL AT CASCADAS EL CHIFLON
Cascada El Suspiro is the first set of falls that you will stumble upon as you are making your way up to the main falls. There is a shoot-off trail to the left of the main path that leads down to the base of this waterfall. The way is clearly signposted so you can’t miss it.
Cascada El Suspiro features a surging flow of water across a wide rock face that meets a large catch basin below.
The color of the water is a vibrant turquoise-color making it irresistibly tempting to go for a dip but unfortunately, swimming is prohibited in this area.
Although you can’t go swimming here, you can still get quite close to the falls by walking to the edge of the banks surrounding the natural pool and take a few photos before continuing the hike upstream.
Turquoise waters at Cascada El Suspiro
Another perspective of Cascada El Suspiro
THE SECOND SET OF FALLS AT CASCADAS DEL CHIFLON
A little further along the trail, you can find the second set of falls in the valley which is called Cascada Ala de Àngel.
This particular set of falls is larger than the first, featuring a silvery curtain-like downpour that flows over a limestone rockface. A number of trees with large roots can be seen growing out of the catch basin which is another cool feature at Cascada Ale de Angel.
The force of the water and currents in the natural pools here are quite strong and again, swimming is not permitted for safety reasons, but it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it from afar!
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The trail down to Cascada Ala de Angel
Marveling at Cascada Ale de Angel
The silver curtain of falls at Cascadas El Chiflón
CASCADA VELO DE NOVIA
Continue along the trail for 5-minutes to reach the main attraction at El Chiflon, the almighty Cascada Velo de Novia! I guarantee you will be in awe as soon as you catch your first glimpse of this insane waterfall.
There are three viewpoints once you reach the top, each of which offers different perspectives of Velo de Novia.
My favorite viewpoint of the three is the one that is the highest and the closest to the base of the falls which can be accessed by a concrete staircase. It can be quite slippery making your way up to the viewing platform so be sure to take it slow and hang on to the handrailings for aid.
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Do note that the closer you get to main falls at Cascadas El Chiflon, the wetter you are going to get from the copious amounts of mist that fills the air. Getting soaked from the spray of the falls is an incredible experience in itself though you may want to put your non-waterproof valuables away in your backpack so they don’t get damaged.
The grandeur size of Cascada Velo de Novia is an incredible sight and one I won’t soon forget. Boasting a 120-meter waterfall that surges down the cliff face with immense power, crashing into a circular catch basin below.
From here it flows downstream to yet another waterfall that is equally impressive and colorful rainbows can be spotted amongst the mist.
Viewing deck at Cascadas El Chiflon
Cascada Velo de Novia
Can you spot the rainbow?
Cascadas El Chiflon Chiapas
Drone shot of Cascadas El Chiflón
The immense power of Velo de Novia
GoPro shot of Cascada de Chiflon
CASCADAS EL CHIFLON – CONTINUED
The main viewpoint overlooking Velo de Novia may seem like the end of the trail, but it is not. Many tourists don’t realise this but there are actually two more waterfalls above the main falls made accessible via a dirt trail that can be found next to the zip line platform.
The trailhead isn’t clearly marked so if you struggle to find it just ask one of the staff members working at the zip line to point you in the right direction.
If you still have some energy left, I highly recommend hiking further up the valley to visit these two extra waterfalls known as Cascada Arcoiris and Cascada Quinceañera. Chances are you will have them entirely yourself without the crowds as no other tourists venture past the main falls.
The trail to these top two waterfalls is quite steep and overgrown in some areas so a decent pair of walking shoes is recommended. It takes an additional 15 to 20 minutes to hike up to the highest point of Cascadas El Chiflon.
See the photos below of Cascada Arcoiris and Cascada Quinceañera to give you an idea of what they look like and decide for yourself whether you’ll go the extra mile to check them out.
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View of Cascadas del Chiflon from the top
THE HIKE BACK TO THE ENTRANCE
The way back to the entrance of Cascada El Chiflon is a lot easier as it’s all downhill and it takes no more than 20-minutes. Also, don’t forget to go for a swim in the designated areas downstream which you would have walked past at the very beginning of the hike.
A number of souvenir shops can also be found on-site if you wish to buy a little keep-sake trinket for yourself or as a gift for friends and family back home.
Busting for the toilet? You’re in luck because there are men’s and women’s bathrooms at the exit which are free for visitors to use.
FINAL THOUGHTS OF CASCADAS DEL CHIFLÓN
As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, Cascadas El Chiflon is hands-down one of the most incredible waterfalls I have had the pleasure of experiencing and I can’t recommend this place enough!
The best time to visit Cascada El Chiflon is in the early morning between 7:30 am and 11:00 am if you wish to experience it without the crowds. In saying that, it doesn’t get overly crowded as it’s quite a large valley and typically everyone will be spread out.
Cascadas El Chiflon is open 7 days a week from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm.
Drone shot of Cascadas El Chiflon
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WHERE TO STAY IN COMITAN
Comitan has dozens of accommodations to choose from so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay in Comitan to suit the needs of luxury travelers and budget backpackers. See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
LUXURY: HOTEL LAGOS DE MONTEBELLO
MID RANGE: HOTEL LA FINCA
BUDGET: HOSPEDAJE CORAZON
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WHAT TO PACK FOR CASCADAS EL CHIFLON
Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables, drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.
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Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!
Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.
Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.
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MY CAMERA GEAR
Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included.
Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.
GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!
Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket.
Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!
Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.
GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!
Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.
External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 years worth of content.
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