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The Best Palenque Waterfalls – A Detailed Guide

The beauty that is Roberto Barrios

Palenque is a cute Mexican town that has some amazing waterfalls nearby. There are quite a few different waterfalls and it can be confusing to know which ones to go to and how to get there. This blog has everything you need to know about visiting the best Palenque waterfalls for yourself. 

Complete Guide to the Best Palenque Waterfalls

When planning our time in Mexico and trying to find amazing things to see that suited our interests I stumbled upon the town of Palenque in the state of Chiapas. It wasn’t the food or the Mayan ruins that had it at the top of my list of places to visit in Mexico, in fact, it was Palenque’s stunning waterfalls!

Palenque’s rivers are bright turquoise! And when you combine that with shallow pools and amazing waterfalls surrounded by thick green vegetation, you get some of the most beautiful swimming spots I have ever seen!

With so many to choose from (and one that simply can’t be missed) I felt it necessary to write this post on the best Palenque waterfalls! 

Below I have listed the best Palenque waterfalls in order of my personal preference!

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1. Roberto Barrios

So, when I said there was one Palenque waterfall not to be missed, I was talking about Roberto Barrios! This is the most underrated waterfall I have ever been to, the place is breathtaking!

The falls consist of 6 swimming areas that all have their own unique touch. Some offer high waterfalls that you can jump off and others offer relaxing infinity pools. The whole area is filled with natural slides, caves you can venture into, and waterfalls to shower in.

For all of these reasons (as well as the fact it attracts such a low amount of visitors), I rate this the absolute best Palenque waterfall!

Palenque waterfalls Roberto Barios
The lower pools of Roberto Barrios. This is just one of the many places to explore.

Getting to Roberto Barrios from Palenque

Roberto Barrios is located about an hour drive outside of the town of Palenque. For those on a budget, the best and cheapest way is by a Collectivo (a minibus used as public transport almost like a normal public bus.) The Collectivo will set you back 50MXN each way.

The Collectivo departure location is marked on the app Maps.me, just type in “Collectivo Roberto Barrios”. You can also ask anyone on the street and they will point you in the right direction.

The Collectivos allow you to spend as much or as little time at the falls as there are many going each way throughout the day. Whenever you feel like leaving head to the street and wait for the next one to drive by. Collectivos are also cheaper than the tours.

Your second option is to go on a tour which with the company called Tulum Travel. This will set you back 160MXN although the tour does not include the entrance fee nor a tour guide.

juming off Palenque waterfalls at Roberto Barrios
The footing is slippery and the deep area small so check with a local before jumping!

Roberto Barrios entrance fee 

Roberto Barrios is not only the best waterfall but also the cheapest Palenque waterfall with the entrance fee only being 20MXN.

My tips

For those wanting to explore and have an adventure, I highly recommend getting a local guide. These guides work on tips only and they are the best way I can recommend exploring caves or jumping off waterfalls. These “guides” just hang out at the entrance of the falls and will approach you to allow them to show you around.

The guides know the area very well. With the running currents and the water so blue, it is impossible to know how deep the water is. We had a guide show us where we could jump off and where the caves to explore are. The guide only cost 60MXN for both of us, but as I said, it is based on tips, so tip what you think is fair!

The beauty that is Roberto Barrios
This place really is that beautiful
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2. Misol Ha

The waterfall called Misol Ha is really something special and comes in at my second favorite choice out of all of the Palenque waterfalls.

Misol Ha differs from the other two famous falls as it is simply one magnificent fall as opposed to many different pools. Despite not being as large as the other falls, this place is still just as magical!

The landscape at Misol Ha is also breathtaking as you get the chance to explore a path that leads behind the waterfall to a hidden cave and get one of the most unique views and amazing photo opportunities!

The most beautiful Palenque waterfall
I could have watched for hours!

Getting to Mishol Ha from Palenque town

Misol Ha is located two hours by car from Palenque and can be visited by Collectivo (head to the same location as Roberto Barrios.)

However, if you also want to see Agua Azul it is actually cheaper to do a tour to Misol Ha and Agua Azul (see below for info on Agua Azul) than it is to individually take collectivos to both. I have read blogs suggesting that a collectivo to Misol Ha is 30 MXN, however, when I was there the price was 50 MXN each way.

The tours to Misol Ha and Agua Azul will set you back 160 MXN with Tulum Travel and include all transport to and from both falls. This is a great way to see both Misol Ho and Agua Azul in one day. There is just one downside to this tour, you really don’t get enough time (45 mins) at Misol Ha.

A rainbow at Misol ha
Who said rainbows only show after the rain!

Mishol Ha entrance fee

The total entrance fee is 30 MXN. 10 MXN paid at the gate and another 20 MXN paid at the falls. If you want to enter the cave it costs another 10 MXN.

My Tips

If you like photography be sure to bring your tripod for some awesome slow-shutter photos. Be careful walking behind the falls, it is really slippery and if you take your camera keep it in your bag or it will get wet!

Getting wet in Palenques waterfalls
The path to the cave! One unique view that will leave you soaked!

3. Agua Azul

Agua Azul is the most popular of the Palenque waterfalls. Although really beautiful, tourists come in droves and are usually accompanied by a large bus! The entire waterfront is covered in shops and restaurants and it can be hard to find a little piece and quiet.

With that aside, the falls are huge and with lots of different trails and pools to explore – it still is really amazing. Swimming is not permitted in most of the pools and security enforces this. Even the most mischievous visitors will find themselves in the designated areas with the tourists, though, there are many allocated places to cool off.

Agua Azul is one of Palenques waterfalls
The best view at Agua Azul, too bad you can’t swim at this spot!

Getting to Agua Azul from Palenque

As stated about Misol Ha, I suggest taking the tour as Agua Azul is located 2 hours from Palenque and the Collectivos will simply set you back more money than a tour would cost. 

Palenque waterfalls
This view was so much better in person!

Agua Azul entrance fee

Agua Azul is not only my least favorite but also the most expensive at 40MXN

My Tips

If you don’t like huge crowds nor overly touristic places, I really suggest considering missing Agua Azul. Instead, visit Roberto Barrio and Misol Ha on two separate days using the Collectivos or a hire car. This way, you could spend as much time as you would like at the two best Palenque waterfalls!

blue water at Agua Azul
Have you ever seen water that blue!
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I really hope this post helps you on your visit to the Palenque waterfalls.

We appreciate every reader and any feedback is great! But please, make sure you don’t miss Roberto Barrios!

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