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Misol Ha and Agua Azul Waterfalls Tour from Palenque

1. Misol Ha and Agua Azul Waterfalls Tour from Palenque

Enjoy the drive to Misol Ha Waterfall to see its impressive cascade that’s 20 meters high. Continue to the Agua Azul Waterfalls on this six-hour excursion from Palenque. Marvel at the stunning turquoise color of the water. Start out midday with a pickup at your hotel and a drive that takes you through spectacular natural landscapes. After your visit to Misol Ha you’ll head to Agua Azul Waterfalls, where you’ll spend around two hours, with time for lunch before returning to your hotel in Palenque.

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From San Cristobal: Palenque, Cascadas Agua Azul, & Misol-Ha

2. From San Cristobal: Palenque, Cascadas Agua Azul, & Misol-Ha

Get picked up early in the morning in San Cristobal de las Casas and begin your tour. Stop at a traditional Mexican restaurant and enjoy a delicious breakfast.  After, head to a set of waterfalls named "Cascadas de Agua Azul," created by the currents of the Otulún, Shumuljá, and Tulijá rivers. See shallow canyons with vertical cliffs. Go for a swim and enjoy the different views that surround you.  Continue to the Misol-Ha Waterfalls which are 30 meters high and surrounded by a tropical jungle, making this a beautiful and refreshing place. Then stop at the archaeological site of Palenque where a professional tour guide will accompany you in this historic site. Admire The Palace, The Temple of the Foliated Cross, The Temple of the Sun, and other famous sites in this Mayan city known for its architectural and sculptural heritage. After, reflect on your fun-filled day as you head back to San Cristobal de Las Casas to get dropped off.

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Lacandon Jungle Tour from Palenque: River Rafting and Hiking

3. Lacandon Jungle Tour from Palenque: River Rafting and Hiking

Meet your driver at your Palenque hotel then set off on a scenic 1-hour journey to the Lacandon Jungle. Enjoy a traditional breakfast and hot beverages at a roadside restaurant before continuing to your destination. On arrival at the Lacanjá River, climb aboard your durable raft and begin your journey through the atmospheric and dense jungle. Float over tranquil waters before feeling your pulse start to quicken as you reach intermediate rapids in the rushing river; admire the fascinating flora and fauna as you enjoy the 2.5-hour voyage to the heart of the forest. Disembark your raft once you arrive at the Lacandon Jungle and prepare for an energizing 2-hour hike through lush vegetation. Awaken your senses to the piercing calls of monkeys and wild birds; smell the enticing aromas of exotic flowers; and listen to the crunch of leaves beneath your feet as you arrive at the ancient Mayan monument of Lacanja, a city abandoned and stranded in the midst of the jungle. Interact with the natives of Lacanjá Chansayab, a traditional Mayan village in which old customs still reign supreme, then stroll to the revitalizing Moctuniha Waterfall to marvel at the natural splendor of the formation. Take a revitalizing dip before enjoying a late lunch and returning to your Palenque hotel by mini-van.

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Agua Azul, Misol-Ha & Palenque Ruins

4. Agua Azul, Misol-Ha & Palenque Ruins

Enjoy the stunning Chiapas state and explore its many treasures on this exciting day tour. Travel from San Cristobal to the beautiful Agua Azul Cascades, one of Mexico's most stunning natural attractions. Marvel at the clear blues of the water and relax to a breakfast of tasty regional dishes. After breakfast, opt for a invigorating dip in the large ponds formed by the waterfalls. From Agua Azul, make your way to the impressive Misol-Ha Cascade, which drops from a staggering 25 meters. Relax before this beautiful natural wonder and let the majestic sounds of cascading water wash over you. After Misol-Ha, head over to the fascinating Palenque Archeological Site, named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO due to its immense historic and cultural richness. Spend a few hours here exploring the remains of one of the capital cities of the Mayan empire. The tour will end in Palenque at 17:00, and you will have time to enjoy a dinner before the journey back to San Cristobal at 21:30.

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Palenque: Bonampak Site and Rafting in the Lacandona Jungle

5. Palenque: Bonampak Site and Rafting in the Lacandona Jungle

Begin your 13-hour outdoor adventure with a pick up at your accommodation in Palenque. Enjoy the ride, in an air-conditioned minivan, to the Lacanjá River in Lacandona Jungle and take a short breakfast stop on the way.  Surrounded by the gorgeous Lacandona Jungle, the Lacanjá River is the perfect place to get a taste of Chiapas’ nature and fascinating cultural heritage. First, explore the beautiful surroundings on your way down the Lacanjá River. Your expert guide will teach you about the ways of the river and explain how to safely raft down it. Enjoy being swept across the water as you admire the surrounding jungle. Keep an eye out for creatures of the jungle, like the monkeys playing in the trees. In the afternoon, enjoy a satisfying lunch. Then, stretch your legs on a brief hike through the jungle. Listen as your guide tells you all about the native flora and fauna. Next, make your way to Bonampak, an ancient Mayan archaeological site. Immerse yourself in history as you navigate the grounds, which were built as early as 580 AD. Learn about the Temple of Murals, which is a long narrow building with interior walls containing well-preserved Mayan paintings. Reflect on your exciting day on the ride back to Palenque, which ends at your accommodation. 

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What people are saying about Palenque

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 12 reviews

We had so much fun on this trip! First we went rafting for 2 hours or so, then explored the jungle for a bit. It was just the rafting instructor, our guide (who could speak a hole bunch of languages btw) and us. We then returned to our starting point by car and were able to go for a swim at a beautiful waterfall and get some lunch. We had to wait a little bit for the ride back home and were back in Palenque at 8pm I think. But that was fine, since we just spent some time in the water and sun or in one of the hammocks there.

Not a guided tour, but the driver took us first to Misol Ha (max 30 min drive from Palenque) where we spent arroun 45 mins and then to Agua Azul where we spent arroun 2hours. Probably you will get better price if you just ask by yourself at some travel agency or at hotel. The driver picked up us at our hotel and droped off at the same place. He doesnt speak english, but luckily there were a lot of guys who understood him.

Tight turn. Departure at 3:30 am! We made the choice not to go back to San Cristobal and sleep in Palenque! The luggage follows. Top 12 pm meal, varied local buffet. You have to add an extension of 125 pesos to the palenque guide if you want to take a tour of the jungle and a pity that we didn't have time to go to the museum (included in the site ticket)!

The rafting experience is amazing, the team is excellent and the guide is very good. However, we had to beg for hiking and we only did one hour, not two as the tour indicated, they also didn't take us to the waterfall. The transfer was super heavy because the driver let some passengers get off to the store and for coffee.

Amazing waterfalls within the jungle

We were the only participants and for this reason allone with our driver. The way to the waterfalls is across the jungle with beautiful views. :-)