Published On: Tue, Apr 15th, 2014

My trip to Chiapas (Part 2)

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It was a beautiful Saturday morning in the town of Palenque, Chiapas; we woke up at 7 am and check-out of the hotel to get on the van and leave at 8 sharp. We set course to the waterfall of Misol-Ha, that in the local language means “waterfall” (what a coincidence, right?). Just an hour away of Palenque the waterfall is 30 meters high and absolutely breath taking. We all took a lot of photographs of the place and entered the cave that is located on the side of the waterfall.

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Waterfall of Misol Ha, Chiapas

We then drove off the highway to our next destination that was “Las Cascadas de Agua Azul” (The blue waterfalls),and then San Cristobal de las Casas, which is located up in the mountains.

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To this point it is worth mentioning that until now the landscape was jungle like (rainforest), and after we drove higher up the mountains, the landscape changed to “coniferous forest”, for me it felt like if I had travel to an entire different state. On a side note and like a friendly advice, if you plan to go to Chiapas, make sure to take some dizziness pills with you because the roads are very, very winding, two of my girlfriends were so dizzy that there was a point when we stopped that they were on the verge of throwing up.

Thankfully we arrived to the blue waterfalls soon enough before some of us start to eject our breakfast out. Our teacher told us that we could bathe anywhere within the designated zones, but he recommended that we swim in the highest part of the waterfall because not many people wanted to do the walk. I remember that we probably walked around 25 minutes before we decided where to swim. The place we chose was a small inlet of sand that allowed us to walk to the deeper side of the river, Mon dieu! the water was colder than a cenote, seriously I had not been so cold since I lived in Nevada and clumsily fell in a creek, but the sun was hitting hard on us and we wanted to swim, after two failed attempts to overcome the cold and try to jump to the deep side, I finally jumped and  for a moment it was incredibly cold, but as I started to swim upstream and my body temperature started to normalize, I felt amazingly good and relaxed. 5 minutes later after my buddies saw me swimming and after some futile attempts of trying to get them to come along, they started to swim towards a rock in the middle of the river where I was standing on. Just like me after a few minutes the started to feel great as well and didn’t want to go out. About, 45 minutes in, the teacher told us to get out, as we needed to eat before hitting the road again. Reluctantly we got out and we ate at this restaurant that was in the middle of two shops that sold souvenirs for the tourists. For 35 pesos I ate 5 empanadas and a coke, I couldn’t believe how cheap the meal was. After we finished eating we went back to the van to go to San Cristobal.

After what seemed like an eternity, we finally arrived to the famed city of San Cristobal. By this point of the trip it was about 6 30 in the afternoon and we didn’t change our clothes that we wore in the waterfalls, so some of us were still wearing shorts and bathing suits, and the temperature was rapidly dropping, it was chilly outside, but nice. The driver showed us the way to the hotel and after everybody unpacked and took a shower. We went out to see the city and to have some dinner in one of the many restaurants that San Cristobal has to offer.

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By Jonathan Chim Barroeta.

  • 7th semester Student of Touristic Enterprises
  • Universidad Marista
  • Mérida, Yucatán

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