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San Cristobal: Chiflon Waterfalls & Montebello Day Tour

San Cristobal: Chiflon Waterfalls & Montebello Day Tour

From US$ 79 per person

Discover the remote Chiflon Waterfall and lose yourself in the natural beauty of the Montebello Lakes National Park on a 12-hour tour from San Cristobal. Admire the striking colors of the bodies of water as they vary by different mineral content.

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Duration 12 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Pickup included
Pick-up from your hotel in San Cristobal. Please provide hotel details before your trip
Small group
Limited to 14 participants


  • Walk through the rainforest to see the "angel's wings" of the remote Chiflon Waterfalls in Chiapas
  • Experience the different colors of the system of lakes in the Montebello Lakes National Park
  • Cross one of the lakes on a traditional wooden raft to see breathtaking orchids
  • Enjoy a refreshing dip in the waters of El Chiflon, and at some of the lakes of Montebello
Full description
Start this full-day adventure into the wilderness of Chiapas with a morning pick-up from your hotel in San Cristobal. Drive to the impressive El Chiflon Waterfalls near the colonial city of Comitan, and hike an approximate 1-mile (1.5 kilometers) to the top of the multi-staged cascades, surrounded by mountains and rainforest. Known for creating the impression of a pair of “angel’s wings” that appear to emerge from the mountain, the falls also offer striking turquoise waters that you can take a dip in at the end of your walk. Continue to Montebello Lakes, a collection of 52 crystal clear lakes surrounded by pine forest. Here, you can dive into the refreshing blue waters, and even cross in a cayuco (a small, rustic wooden raft) to see beautiful orchids. In total, you will visit about 5 to 7 of the main lakes to experience the contrasting colors, which can vary from dark green, to bright emerald, turquoise, and even purple or red, depending on the mineral content. You will then be transferred back to San Cristobal for a drop off at your hotel, or the Zocalo (Plaza 31 de Marzo) if you prefer.
  • Round-trip transportation from San Cristobal
  • Entrance to the parks
  • Pick-up and drop off in San Cristobal
  • Tips (optional)
  • Meals
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with high blood pressure

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable clothes

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  • Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes, and bring sunglasses, a cap, sun block, and extra cash in case you want to purchase souvenirs and/or food. An additional change of clothing is also advised, in case you get wet by the waterfalls
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4 /5

based on 16 reviews

Review summary

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Carlos was a fantastic guide, and added even more value to a just great tour. For example, we asked him to visit the highest part of the falls, which normally you don't have time to visit, and he made sure that it was possible for us, even if this way he had to follow us at a great pace up to the mountain. The lake is also a worth seeing. At the end of the day, this tour was a very good use of money and time of the holiday.

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January 7, 2022

Lots of driving in an uncomfortable minibus, but the El Chiflon waterfalls are worth the effort. The lakes of Montebello are charming but not essential.

February 12, 2022

Needed waaayyy more time at El Chiflon. We were only given like 1.5 hours there. After getting an idea of all that there was to do and see, I'd say you need a solid 5 hours there to fully enjoy the experience. Montebello Lakes was nice, but you have to pay an addition 200 pesos per person to go on the cayuco (wooden raft). Not many options for a "clean" lunch that wouldn't destroy a western gut from the places we stopped at. Everything that we did see was beautiful though. Also, it's more like a 14 hour day.

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January 2, 2022

Product ID: 33758