Agua Azul Waterfalls, Palenque

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The tiered falls of Agua Azul Waterfalls feature vibrant blue water caused by high mineral content that encapsulates debris that falls in its path--trees, rocks--in limestone over time, creating rounded sandy-colored ledges. Be sure you bring your camera to capture the falls, (which mean "Blue-water falls" in Spanish) and bring your swimming gear if you'd like to take a dip. There are many stalls and vendors selling souvenirs and food here. Agua Azul Waterfalls is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, Palenque Edition.
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  • Here goes: the further you walk uphill, it becomes the more beautiful. Initially, you have to zig juice shops past cheating himself and deals with the other tourists to photo sites. But no later than at the second swimming pool uphill abandon both tourists and juice shops and you can swim in the beautiful blue natural basin almost completely alone. Our recommendation "la playa" the very last lap. Beautiful color and sandy soil instead of gravel.
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  • Truly beautiful, even in November af the rainy season. The entire area encompasses a network of many falls, so make sure to walk up to discover them all!  more »
  • They are definitely beautiful! But blue they have nothing, the water is completely Brown. For me are beautiful because I come from a place where there are no waterfalls, but would have loved that water was clearer
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  • Magnificent. Took us 3 hours to get here to avoid protests on the main roads so a convoy of about 8 buses headed off to remote parts to get here. Well worth it. Apart from seeing true Mayan territory on the way the landscape was gorgeous. The cascades are the most beautiful azure and don’t be lured into the first pool. There are several as you walk uphill each with its own uniqueness. There is a ‘lifeguard’ on duty with a whistle and flotation ring on a rope. Yes it’s trivial but some of he younger men were pushing the boundaries through the rapids. There are plenty of changing rooms and toilets along the way as well as stall holders with souvenirs and refreshments. Water temperature was brisk but within 20 seconds was so refreshing you can’t get out. Bottom is clear and mostly white sand. No creepy crawlies in these waters. Wheelchair friendly until you want to go uphill then it isn’t. Kid friendly. No wifi. There is another set of falls nearby which I’d also recommend doing on the same trip.
  • Absolutely stunning! And so much bigger than I imagined - the walk up the hill takes at least 30-40 minutes at a relaxed pace. A few spots to swim (the bottom section is not the only place. Lots of souvenir shops as well as restaurants and also people walking around with snacks (the corn is very tasty). Would recommend coming earlier in the day as it's less busy but the colour maybe improves in the afternoon as the sun hits the water It's possible to get a colectivo to the highway and then you need a taxi to get to the waterfalls ($25 pp for taxi, and I think entry is ~$50)
  • Beautiful place to visit and to swim. The waterfalls are superb. Plenty of places to shop for gifts too. Not too exciting on the food front, but you really go there for the scenery. Worth the walk to the top for the view.
  • If you are in Chiapas visit this place!! It is a little paradise! But I would suggest if possible to go alone because touristic tours usually come with a visit to Palenque so they rush you. Bring a swimsuit and a towel and enjoy the blue-green waters!
  • It isn't really worth the insane drive it takes to get there. The water falls were not very pretty. I'm told that the water is usually sky blue, but today it was poop-brown. They said this is because of the recent rains. The walk to the top is quite slippery and lined with pesky vendors selling dumb touristy stuff. Once you get up past the walkway there's a nice trail and no more vendors.
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