Mexico is a beautiful country full of natural wonders, and the waterfalls were by far our favorite. We spent five days in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, looking for the best waterfalls in the area. They’re unlike anything we’ve ever seen.
The ability to enjoy crystal blue waters, powerful falls, and Mother Nature’s beauty in peace. And this was just a taste of what the country had to offer. We knew we had to show you all of Mexico’s best waterfalls!
The 10 marvelous waterfalls in Mexico you have to visit
To assist you, we’ve divided the most beautiful waterfalls in Mexico by state. This will make it easier for you to plan your visit. This list will tell you how to get to the falls.
You’ll also know where to stay and what else to do in the vicinity of these iconic waterfalls. Hopefully, this will give you plenty of ideas for how to spend your time during your trip. So have fun!
Here are the top waterfalls in Mexico to add to your bucket list!
1. Waterfalls in Chihuahua
Chihuahua is a Mexican state in the northwest corner of the country. Sonora, Sinaloa, Durango, and Coahuila are its neighbors. It is also bordered by the US states of New Mexico and Texas.
The Chihuahua Desert is the most famous feature of the state of Chihuahua. But don’t worry, it still has some very cool waterfalls. Chihuahua has more forests than any other state in Mexico except Durango. It also has rocky mountains and expansive river valleys. And you know what happens when mountains and rivers collide: incredible waterfalls. So there you have it!
Cusarare is a must-see waterfall in Chihuahua’s Copper Canyon
When looking for the best waterfalls in Mexico, Cusarare Falls should be on your list. The Copper Canyon Waterfall is a must-see attraction. This natural wonder can be found surrounded by the lush pine forests of Chihuahua.
The hiking trail is one of the most beautiful in the area. The Copper Canyon tour is the best way to get to the falls. It can begin in the nearby town of Chihuahua. Proper footwear is required. Once there, you can take the stairs (about 240 steps) to the base of the falls and climb around the rocks.
The falls are quite deep, but the concrete steps are well built and spaced sufficiently apart to make the climb back up easier. It’s a good idea to bring an extra set of clothes in case you want to swim in the river below.
This waterfall in Mexico is a popular tourist destination. You can purchase some of the most unique local handicrafts and souvenirs sold by the indigenous Tarahumara tribe.
During the height of summer, this area can become extremely hot, and the waterfall may dry up. As a result, it is recommended that you visit between the summer and winter seasons. You’ll be able to see the enormous flow of water as well as the best views of the surrounding area.
Cusarare Falls is a memorable day trip for anyone interested in learning more about this unique region of Mexico and its indigenous communities.
2. Basaseachi, the tallest waterfall in Mexico
The Basaseachi waterfall is Mexico’s tallest waterfall. It’s a bit of a competition because Cascada de Piedra Volada (Flying Stone Falls) is technically taller. However, because water does not flow all year, it loses its title.
The drop at Basaseachi Falls is 246 meters (807 feet). The best time to visit is during the winter or summer months, specifically between July and September. In the spring and autumn, it usually does not flow much.
The Basaseachi waterfall is located in the Candamena Canyon region of the Parque Nacional Basaseachi. It’s also close to Creel, which makes an excellent base for exploring this waterfall in the state of Chihuahua.
Joining a tour is the best way to see Mexico’s tallest waterfall. They will lead you to the top and bottom of the fall. It is possible to hike the entire distance with comfortable hiking shoes and plenty of water. If not, you can drive to certain parts of the falls to shorten the hike time and effort.
There are a few viewpoints or miradores along the hike where you can take in the breathtaking views of the national park.
3. Cascadas El Chiflon, Mexico’s state of Chiapas
Cascadas El Chiflon is an absolute must-see in Chiapas, with 5 incredible waterfalls along a 1.2 km stretch of river. Cascada Velo de Novia, a 120-meter-high waterfall, is the crowning glory of Cascadas El Chiflon. On a perfectly placed viewing platform, you can stand almost beneath it.
It certainly makes for amazing photos, especially with the massive waterfall in the background. You will, however, be completely soaked by the spray!
These magnificent waterfalls are easily accessible by public transportation from San Cristobal de las Casas. Take the bus to Comitan, then the colectivo to the waterfalls.
Take a tour from San Cristobal, which usually includes a stop at the Montebello Lakes. If you want to arrive early in the day, you can stay in the nearby town of Comitan or rent a cabana at Cascadas El Chiflon.
The waterfalls are most powerful during the summer months, which correspond to Mexico’s rainy season. However, swimming in the river is not permitted during this time, and the water is a darker color. Furthermore, you will be less likely to encounter an afternoon downpour!
4. Agua Azul, Mexico’s impressive waterfalls
Chiapas State is home to the Agua Azul Waterfalls. They are approximately two hours away from the popular tourist destination of San Cristobal de las Casas. Outside of the best Yucatan beaches in Mexico, you rarely see water as blue as this. If you’re looking for waterfalls in Mexico, don’t miss Agua Azul.
The water may appear bluer at times than at others depending on when you visit. The dry season, from November to May, is the best time to visit the Agua Azul Waterfalls.
Don’t be fooled by the words “dry season”; these massive Mexican waterfalls flow all year. However, it does rain a lot during the rainy season. This stirs up the dirt at the bottom of the falls, making the water appear less blue.
A tour from San Cristobal is the most convenient way to visit Agua Azul. You can also go on your own if you have a rental car. Admission is $50 MXN pesos ($2.50 USD) per person.
It is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. You’ll want to arrive early to avoid crowds and get back on the road before it gets dark. The roads in Chiapas state are adequate, but many people avoid them at night for safety reasons.
4. Misol Ha, beautiful waterfalls in Chiapas
Misol-Ha waterfalls, located near the more famous Agua Azul and on the way to Palenque Archeological Site, are among the most beautiful places to visit in Chiapas. The waterfall has a single drop of 35 meters (115 feet). It has a large swimming hole at the bottom where visitors can cool off.
The waterfall is accessible via a trail. It leads directly behind it to a small cave that you can visit for a fee. It’s a way to get different perspectives on the area and better photos.
The best time to visit this waterfall in Mexico is during the dry season in Chiapas. When it rains heavily, the river carries a lot of mud and the water is cloudy, making the views less spectacular.
Bring your bathing suit if you want to swim in the natural pool. However, when exploring the area, make sure to wear good walking/hiking shoes. It can get extremely muddy and slippery!
To visit this Mexican waterfall, base yourself in Palenque and explore this region of Chiapas. The ruins, as well as Misol Ha and Agua Azul, will be easily accessible. There are even tours that allow you to easily visit all three sites.
5. Hierve el agua, the petrified waterfalls
Hierve el Agua, which means boiling water, is located in the mountains about 45 miles from Oaxaca City. It is named after the warm (but not boiling) natural mineral pools found here, but there is also an amazing “waterfall.”
The word waterfall is in quotation marks for a reason! Mineral-rich water droplets trickling down the cliff face accumulated over time, creating what is now known as the Hierve el Agua waterfall — an illusion.
The waterfall can be seen from afar at the mineral pools, or you can hike down for a closer look. There is a short hike that takes about 30-45 minutes round trip or a three-hour hike that takes you all the way to the bottom of the waterfall.
If you complete the entire hike, you can relax your tired muscles in the mineral pools afterward. Locals in Hierve el Agua claim that the waters here have healing properties, making it the ideal all-natural spa day! You can drive from Oaxaca City to Hierve el Agua in about an hour if you rent a car in Mexico.
There are also tours available from Oaxaca City, or you can take the cheap camioneta (pick-up truck). The entrance fee to Hierve el Agua is $25 MXN pesos ($1.50 USD).
6. Grutas Tolantongo, waterfalls in the hot springs of Hidalgo
The Grutas Tolantongo are one of Hidalgo’s (and Mexico’s) most well-known attractions. These hot water springs, a short day trip from Mexico City, have been a fan favorite since pictures started appearing on Instagram. And we can’t blame others.
Tucked into the mountains with breathtaking views all around, these hot springs are the ideal place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and relax in nature.
What we didn’t expect was to find such beautiful waterfalls so close to Mexico City. In fact, most people associate the Grutas Tolantongo solely with the hot water pools. But we’re here to tell you that there’s a lot more to them than that! There is also a beautiful waterfall and a river to enjoy.
Although these Mexican waterfalls in the Grutas Tolantongo are not particularly large, their setting makes them quite spectacular. This stunning multi-level waterfall is tucked deep into the mountains, flowing over a lush bed of plants. It sits atop a cave that you can enter and relax in. In addition, there is a waterfall that flows into the cave.
What distinguishes this waterfall in Mexico is that the water flowing through it is quite warm, if not hot. Sitting in the cave, you can feel its power and warmth, as well as the unique experience it provides.
There are numerous tours available from Mexico City to Grutas Tolantongo. If not, you can rent a car and drive yourself there.
7. Puente de Dios, Most visited waterfalls near Ciudad Valles
Puente de Dios is one of the stunning waterfalls in the Huasteca Potosina, a fascinating region in the northern state of San Luis Potosi known for its intricate network of waterfalls and rivers.
Puente de Dios is a magnificent natural pool where a river and numerous small waterfalls from the rocky side walls converge and eventually fall into other small lakes before continuing its flow.
Swimming in a natural pool is a lot of fun. You can start upstream and let the current carry you down to the next pool, or you can swim against the current using ropes tied across the pool. You can rest here by holding on to the ropes and admiring the surrounding natural landscape.
You can leave your belongings in the lockers and rent a life jacket if you feel safer at these Mexican waterfalls. A visit to Puente de Dios can be combined with a visit to the Tamasopo waterfalls, which are only 5 kilometers away.
Take the bus from Ciudad Valles to Tamasopo and then a taxi to Puente de Dios. You can take another bus back to Ciudad Valles from Puente de Dios. Alternatively, if you arrive by car, which is the best option because you will be able to freely explore the waterfalls in San Luis Potosi.
8. Tamul, waterfall in San Luis Potosí
Tamul Waterfalls are the tallest waterfalls in San Luis Potosi, and while they are difficult to reach, they are well worth the effort.
You have the option of visiting the Tamul waterfalls on foot, as we did, or by boat. We recommend hiking to them because you’ll get a better look at them, you’ll be able to swim right under them, and you’ll most likely have the place to yourself.
We have a detailed article on how to get to the waterfalls and hike them. For groups of one to five people, the entrance fee, guide, and lifejackets are $1000 pesos. If you want to save money, find people to accompany you or join groups or people who are already waiting there.
You can spend an entire day hiking to the waterfalls. While hiking to the top of the falls, you can swim in several pools. You can also relax at the base of the falls and take in the scenery. There are several platforms from which to jump into the river, and you can also swim in a lagoon-like pool.
Bring snacks, water, and sunblock (which can be sunscreen, a hat, or clothing) with you while you’re here. The sun is harsh, and if you plan on spending a lot of time here, you’ll be glad to have it all!
A boat ride to the Tamul waterfalls is also an option. Paddling both ways will take about three hours. It also includes transportation from Ciudad Valles and a stop at the Cueva del Agua cenote. The length of the tours and whether or not lunch is included vary. You can try out a few to see which one best suits your needs and time constraints.
9. Tamasopo falls, a great way to spend a day near Ciudad Valles
Tamasopo falls are these magnificent falls located in Tamasopo. They are about an hour from Ciudad Valles and close to El Trampolin and Puente de Dios.
If you have the time, you can spend an entire day here because there are so many amenities and activities. From jumping platforms and ropes to hanging games and restaurants, there is something for everyone.
You don’t have the natural setting of the next waterfall, but if you want an all-inclusive type of place, this one is great!
10. Minas Viejas, waterfalls and pools of Huasteca Potosina
These Mexican waterfalls are approximately an hour and a half from Ciudad Valles and can be visited as part of a combined trip to El Salto, El Meco, and here. These falls are in a well-developed setting, complete with shops, restaurants, restrooms, and changing rooms. All pools require the use of a lifevest.
It’s a wonderful place to spend a half-day swimming in the pools, admiring the waterfalls, and taking in the scenery. You can also camp at the base of the falls.