Superb chain of cascades , some are 70 metres high, coming from the san Vicente river.
The natural swimming pools at the bottom have a rare green blue color.
It is now part of an ecotouristic center situated at only 30 km of Comitan near Socoltenang village.
It is sometimes part of tours starting from San Cristobald on the way to the lagunas of
About 30 minutes from of Comitan is the Cataratas de Chiflon. If you have your own transportation it is quite easy to get to and well marked. If you don't have your own transportation, the collectivos are not as easy since it is not a principle stop so most visitors will go by a tour van/bus.
Entrance is 20 pesos per person, parking is free. The parking area is about 1km from the waterfalls, so you will need to walk up the path and steps. It is not accessible to the handicapped who cannot navigate stairs.
There are two entrances to the waterfalls. On the main road, if you are facing up towards the mountain:
- if you go right, you can walk all the way up to the main falls and get drenched in the mist. Bring protection for you electronics and ladies should avoid white clothes unless they want a lot of attention from the locals.
- if you go left, the walking paths are a bit more simple, but you cannot go all the way to the base of the main falls.
From south of Comitan to north of San Cristobal in the southern most state of Chiapas in Mexico there are thousands of things to do and see. Just visiting the towns off the main road are entertaining. Around San Cristobal there are caverns to the south and horse back riding to small villages in many directions. One horse back riding place is to San Juan Chamula, a hear by indian village. 9am and 1pm guided horse tours. And the same place has the Mayan Massages. The name of the place is Casa Utrilla, they have great food, a book store and gifts for the friends back at home. As with Taxis the items at the street market vary in price, the wife gets a better price right off and I have to haggle... Going South from San Cristobal there are caves just out side of Teopisca, there are signs just as you get to town and they point to the right (west or so). It is a 3 question directions to get there even though it is marked. If you make it through to the grave yard you will see a small sign that points you to the right and passed the lake. Juat as you get to the top of the hill there is a road to the right, not marked, that takes you to the caverns. If you go pass the turn you will top the hill and see way down the hill and a left curve at the bottom.
There are several restaurants and cafes in town, many of which are adjacent to the main square central plaza. But personally, I prefer to eat the local way, which here gives you the option of really cheap but good street foods. The locals will often congregate near the ladies selling from their carts and those who have transformed the parks benches into their work stations.
Favorite Dish: Several ladies will be selling a variety of tacos, tortas, tamalies, etc. All are made right in front of you, fresh and cheap.
Also, if you have a sweet tooth, keep an eye out for someone selling "nieve". It translates to 'snow', but is the Mexican ice cream. You should pay ~5 pesos for a cone.
There are several buses leaving from San Cristobal de las Casas and going to Comitan, the access point to Lagunas Montebello. From Comitan, you can take a collectivo to the Lagunas Montebello.
Starting to the north to Teopisca, on the way to San Cristobal, there is a lake and a really nice Cave. You see signs on the edge of the north side of Teopisca "cueva". You will get lost a few times because the signs are not so good when you get out there a ways. The GPS location is 16 32' 44" N 092 29' 43" W.. If you have a gps you will find it easy.. If you make it all the way to the really nice cemetery you will see a road that takes off to the north just before, it goes out through the lake and up the hill. At the top there is a road (not marked) that goes to the right. It takes you to a dead end, you are there. If you go up over the hill you will see a steep hill down and a hairpin curve at the bottom to the left. The dump is down there and no place to turn around and big garbage trucks going in and out, so be careful. South of Comitan is a ruins, Tenam Puente.. Gps 16 08' 27" N 092 06' 27" W There are signs on the highway. To the west at GPS 16 11' 46" N 092 12' 34" W is a really nice river park you get to by driving through the town of Tzimol and La Rejolla. After the park about a mile there are two summer camps, one private and the other a church, gps 16 12"38" N 092 13' 53" W. These two camps are on the same river as the park and if you could go on down the river you would go over the El Chiflon water falls. But you have to go back out to where you turned into Tzimol and go on down the hill 30 more minutes. If you drive on from the summer camps you find a nice town in the mountains where I bought a turkey. ($20.00) There are hundreds of places to see around Comitan and no room here with only 2047 characters so I would suggest doing some exploring. There are caverns in the hills and quite a few ruins on private land etc.. And the tempeture is warm year round.. It is 2093 to 6000 feet in elevation From El Chiflon to the cave. From El Chiflon you can go west to a 500 year old ruin gps 16 12' 14" N 092 27' 04" W. You have to turn left off the highway to Copanhuastla.
Chinkultic can be seen from afar in the Laguna Bosque Azul, one of the many Lagunas de Montebello. I awoke one morning and decided to visit this sight. The collectivo that plies the road between Comitan and the Lagunas de Montebello passes a few kilometers from the ruins. There are bike rentals in the drop-off point to the ruins for those that are interested. Yes, they will store your luggage. The bike uphill is not bad at all. The mighty pyramid lays on top a high hill overlooking the whole valley. When I visited this sight in 2001, the Archeologists were actively reconstructing the ruins.
If you have the time, try camping or spending a night in a cabin at the Parque Nacional Lagunas de Montebello, which is a beautiful park with over 50 lakes... all of which have a different color based on the minerals present in the water. These are one of the most beautiful lakes I’ve ever seen. Find more about this park in my Lagunas de Montebello page.