On a day tour to Palenque and Agua Azul, there was also the added bonus of a trip to Misol Ha waterfall, you an book a trip there using Guatego. This was on one of the side trips we did while based in San Cristobal de las Casas – a day out to Agua Azul waterfalls, Palenque ruins and Misol Ha waterfall. I’ll cover the short visit to Misol Ha here.
How much does it cost to visit Misol Ha?
OK so there are no bus routes or easy taxi options to get here which leaves you with two main options:
1. Hire a car and drive there
2. Join a tour
We chose option 2 as the tour also included a visit to Palenque and Agua Azul waterfalls. We used Jalapeno Tours and the cost was 375 Mexican Pesos per person. We may have got it cheaper as we bargained and there were two of us. We got two of us for 750 Mexican pesos. This works out at around $30 US Dollars per person. We have heard of some companies and agents charging much more, up to $40 US. Shop around when you are in San Cristobal de las Casas and you will get it for $30 US Dollars. For this price you get your bus journey to all three places and dropped off where you wish (either back to San Cristobal or to the bus station in Palenque). You get entry to all three places (and can keep your ticket for Palenque). No meals or drinks are included. Bring a lunch and water.
Avoid Jalapeno Tours!!
As I mentioned before we went with a company called Jalapeno Tours and while I normally recommend the companies I have used myself, I WILL NOT recommend Jalapeno. The reason being the driver tried to cut this visit to Misol Ha waterfall off our itinerary when we knew it was included!! Basically he was trying to make money out of us as he didn’t want to pay the fee to enter with the minibus. Strangely the other people in our mini-bus (clearly not used to scams or long term travel) didn’t seem to mind him trying to skip this bit!). Glad I can write about it on here – so avoid Jalapeno Tours please 😉 That aside we were on the tour and the first stop was Agua Azul waterfalls, followed by Misol Ha.
San Cristobal de las Casas to Misol Ha Waterfall
We get picked up at our hostel at 5.30 am (standard for these long day tours) and are in a mini bus with other travellers, mostly other couples. It’s a drive through the darkness in the mountains, an 8am stop for breakfast/coffee which is not included. A cup of coffee here costs 15 Pesos, breakfast starts at 20 Pesos. By 10.15 am we have driven through some glorious mountains and arrive at Agua Azul waterfalls. We spend 1.5 hours there (not enough) and then have a 2 hour drive to Misol Ha.
Arrival at Misol Ha Waterfall
The first thing that I notice about Misol Ha is that it is not quite as touristy as Agua Azul – only a few souvenir stalls, smaller car park and a restaurant.
Walking to Misol Ha Waterfall
It’s a short walk – 3 minutes or something from the car park or you can do the longer trail all the way round.
The waterfall is a high one and the pool below is simply tropical and lush. Great for a swim and posing for photos.
How long do you get at Misol Ha Waterfall?
Unbelievably, we only had about 20 minutes and were rushed by our driver so this was completely not ideal, but at least we saw it, savoured it for a few moments and headed onwards to Palenque.
While some people don’t sight this as a must see on your tour in Chiapas, if this is included in your tour, make sure your driver takes you there. As you can see it is a really nice waterfall and you don’t want to be shortchanged!
My video from Misol Ha Waterfall (yes I only had time for one):