The Cascadas de Agua Azul of Chiapas are located in the Municipality of Tumbalá, 69 kilometers from Palenque by the road that leads towards San Cristóbal de las Casas. This waterfall consists of many cataracts following one after another, the larger cataracts may be as high as 6 meters (20 feet) or so surrounded by verdant jungle. These spectacular water attractions lose part of their beauty during the rainy season, as the water gets murky. The place is built-up and crowded with vendors and on holidays and weekends is pretty crowded. Unfortunately Theft isn’t uncommon on trails as well as car break-ins in the parking lot. Teenagers in the parking lot will approach and ask for some change for watching your vehicle. I gave them 10 pesos, which is my norm of tipping when I fill up the gas or parking lot attendants. The path along the cataracts is an easy stroll and you have on one side the natural beauty of the river, on the other side the never ending line of food vendors and table packed with souvenirs. You get used to these vendors in Mexico and kind of miss them north of the border. There are lots of people in the water, cooling down from the tropical heat, although the stream can be dangerous despite its beautiful color.
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