Cascada de Misol-Há
Maya for waterfall, Misol-Há (21 km/13 mi south of Palenque, 7 a.m.–6 p.m. daily, US$1.50) is definitely that, and a beautiful one to boot, falling some 30 meters (98 feet) from an overhanging semicircular cliff down into a broad shimmering pool.
The water doesn’t appear blue here—the pool is too deep—but it’s a gorgeous sight nonetheless, and fantastic for swimming, especially on hot afternoons. (Unfortunately most tours stop here in the morning, before you’ve had a chance to get hot and sweaty!)
There’s a fairly deep cave on the far side, but getting there is the most memorable part—by way of a slippery path along the base of the cliff and behind the falls, buffeted by mist from the falling water.
A newly expanded welcome center includes a large restaurant (7 a.m.–8 p.m., US$5–15), bathrooms, and expanded parking. From there, it’s just 50 meters to the falls.
Misol-Há has a bevy of wood cabañas (tel. 55/5329-0995, ext. 7006, US$29 d, US$63 1–5 people with kitchen) built in a stand of thick trees within earshot of the crashing waterfall. Surprisingly well outfitted, all have hot water, fans, and one or two queen beds; family units have separate bedrooms and dining area, and you have the falls all to yourself in the early morning and late afternoon. Still, with Palenque and Ocosingo on this same road, it’s hard to imagine a travel itinerary that includes a night here.
Getting to Misol-Há
© Liza Prado and Gary Chandler from Moon Chiapas, 1st Edition