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Guide to El Chiflon Without a Tour

 

Picture this. You’re walking in the heat of the desert. Once you get deeper in the desert, you see what you think is a small oasis. Turns out, you’re in the middle of a jungle surrounded by nothing but the sound of gushing water. As you keep walking up the trail, you’re greeted by the crystal, clear, turquoise blue rivers and the roaring sounds of the waterfalls in front of you. That, everyone, is El Chiflon. 

Ever since I saw pictures of these amazing waterfalls on social media, I knew I had to add this on my to-do list. So I did the best of my research and found the easiest, most convenient way to get there. Wanna know? Then keep on reading for more 😜

How To Get to El Chiflon

So what I did was walk over to the ADO station in San Cristobal de Las Casas. Across from the ADO station on Highway 190, you should see a small building full of small vans parked everywhere. The vans should have a huge “COMITAN” sign in front. If not you can ask people around,” ¿Dónde está el colectivo para Comitán?” They will immediately point it out.

Once you found the colectivo, expect to wait for more people. Luckily, I was the last person to be in the van so I didn’t need to wait long. The cost to ride the colectivo one way is 60 pesos (as of December 2018)

After arriving at Comitan, I crossed the street to a warehouse looking building where I waited for the next colectivo to El Chiflon.

Keep a lookout for this warehouse!!! Muy importante!!!

Now this part is where it gets tricky. There are multiple colectivos all going in different directions so my best piece of advice is to just ask, “¿Es este el colectivo para Cascada El Chiflon?” As long as you ask and keep asking, confirming that this is the actual colectivo to El Chiflon, the driver will let you know right away.

The driver dropped me off at a highway just outside of the park gate. From there, you have two options: ride a small tuk-tuk which drops you off at the main entrance OR walk which takes about 10-15 minutes depending on your pace.

I chose the latter and walked in the sweltering heat all the way to the main entrance. Before that, I spotted large iguanas sunbathing out in the open. I thought that was pretty cool.

Plus, there’s a small museum explaining the ecology of El Chiflon and Chiapas (it’s all in Spanish, but I was able to pick up keywords).

The entrance fee costs 30 pesos and you’ll receive a wristband. Now the fun begins.

Hike to El Chiflon

Start by following the path which parallels the river. You even have the option of taking a dip, but I prefer saving that after the hike 😉

You’ll eventually come across three different waterfalls during each stop: Cascada de Suspiro (Sigh Waterfall), Cascada Ala de Angel (Angel Wing Waterfall), and Cascada Velo de Novia (Bridal Veil Waterfall).

Both Cascada de Suspiro and Cascada Ala de Angel were beautiful and I spent about 10 minutes just taking it in (and taking photos too). It’s also a great spot to take a break after climbing those stairs.

The last stop is the lookout point for Bridal Veil Waterfall and standing in front of the massive falls is like a feeling no other. You can feel how powerful the falls truly is and that feeling is nothing but invigorating (to the soul).

The steps up/down the lookout are slippery so make sure you grab onto the rails. Also, expect to get sprinkled by the falls especially your phone/camera.

Once you’re done, you can either hike back down or zipline. I chose to zipline since it was a great way to see the falls from a different perspective. You have a choice of two ziplines, but I highly recommend the Mega Tirolesa since you’re ziplining over the river and waterfalls.

The other zipline was great too, but personally it wasn’t as exciting as the Mega Tirolesa. The total for both ziplines was 300 pesos (about 15 USD).

Afterwards, I took a nice, refreshing dip in the turquoise, blue river. It was a great way to end the day 😌

What to Eat

If you’re hungry, there are few options available. The only restaurant, El Paraiso, has decent food to fill your hungry belly. If you’re looking for something quick to eat, there are several vendors selling churros and various other snacks close to the entrance. I haven’t been to either places since I brought my own snacks, but this is totally up to you.

How To Get Back to San Cristobal de Las Casas

To get back to San Cristobal, you’ll just need to do everything in reverse. Walk back out of the park and cross the street. From there, you’ll have a colectivo waiting to pick you up.

Once you made it to Comitan, make sure you cross the street onto the other side where you’ll see a sign looking like this:

From there, the journey takes about an hour and a half to get back to San Cristobal.

Total Cost for El Chiflon Trip

  • Colectivo to Comitan/San Cristobal: 60 pesos
  • Colectivo to El Chiflon: 35 pesos
  • Entrance fee: 30 pesos
  • Zipline: 300 pesos for both; 200 pesos for Mega Tirolesa; 150 pesos for Tirolesa
  • Food/Drink/Souvenir: 10+ pesos
  • Colectivo back to Comitan: 35 pesos

Well, that’s it Little Nuggets! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me and I’ll be more than happy to help. If you found this post helpful, I appreciate if you share this on social media.

Have you been to El Chiflon? What was your experience like? And what was your favorite moment during your trip there? Let me know in the comments below.

And as always…Hasta luego, Little Nuggets 😉

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