These are just a few of many spectacular waterfalls in Mexico.

Agua Azul, Chiapas

Agua Azul means "Blue Water" in Spanish. It is a whole series of falls of varying heights (this one is probably about 20 feet high), carrying varying amounts of the river, and the water has a very high mineral content which turns it blue-green. The picture below shows it from near the top of the right-hand side of the series, looking down. The fall you see above is the next-to-bottom one in the picture below. Neither picture, at this size anyway, gives the true picture of the immense amount of water that is going over the edge here. Overlay in your mind the picture from the Mountains page to the left of the picture above, note that there is more water coming down to the left of that, and then realize there is another, albeit smaller, fall further to your right, out of sight, bringing down the rest of the river.  


Agua Azul from the top


Misol-ha, Chiapas

This fall is perhaps 30 miles from Agua Azul. To give an idea of scale, there is a person standing on a ledge behind the edge of the fall to the left of the picture, just where two vines come together.


Waterfall of the Guatzuntlán (Tsaagats) River

This fall is near San Pedro Soteapan, not far from Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, in Popoluca-speaking country. The river is called Tsaagats in Popoluca, though maps call it the Guatzuntlán. The fall itself apparently has no standard name in Popoluca or Spanish. This fall is considerably bigger than Misol-ha: there is a man with white pants on standing at the near edge of the pool just above the chopped-off banana tree leaf, and the mushroom-looking things at the bottom are thatched roofs for shelters being built for tourists. The rock of the cliff is shaped into fascinating hexagonal-prism crystals, which can be well seen to the right of the bottom of the fall.


Waterfall near Huacapan

This much smaller (but still beautiful) fall is near Orizaba, Veracruz. I'd guess it is 35-40 feet high.

La Regadera

Another small, but quite beautiful, fall near Teopoxco, on the border between Puebla and Oaxaca states. Its name means "the shower", as in "turn on the shower".

Apanga cliff and waterfall

Apanga is part of the Sierra de Zongolica, south of Orizaba, Veracruz. Unfortunately I have not yet gotten close to this waterfall, but I have heard it, and the sheer noise it makes is impressive. The picture is taken looking almost straight down, and the cliff is several hundred feet high; those are high trees that look like moss beside it, and people on the trail crossing its face. Just an edge of the waterfall is visible. The waterfall is quite loud for most of a half-hour's hike (down to the trail you see, across the cliff face, and around the edge of the cliff towards the left side of the picture.)

The river gushes out of a hole in the cliff and roars on down to the valley floor. Five kilometers or more to the north of here (straight behind the cliff to the right of the picture) there is a valley, one of many such in the Sierra, where water runs and then disappears into a hole or sink in the ground. I am told that during one flood a cow was drowned and disappeared, only to reappear a day or so later in the runoff from these falls.

Hierve el Agua

This waterfall isn’t. Rather it is a calcified or petrified dry waterfall. It is at Hierve el Agua, Oaxaca, about 17 miles past Mitla. There are a couple of other petrified falls or external stalactites (if that is the right word for them) at Hierve el Agua, but this is the biggest. And it is big: in the close-up shot below you can see a couple of tourists on the top.


The name “Hierve el Agua” in Spanish means “The Water Boils”, and indeed the mineral-laden water that formed these falls bubbles up out of the ground. The bubbling is from apparently from aeration, not from heat actually boiling the water, however; it is quite cool to the touch.

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