Palenque, Chiapas – A case for swimming

La Cascada de Misol-Ha is haunted by Mexican bus tours as well. Not as spectacular and well-known as their neighbours there are less food and souvenir stands. A mighty broad jet of water lands after 100 ft / 35 m with a splat in a turbulent pool. A slippery path leads behind the water curtain where pleasantly fresh mist spreads out. The pool is clear even in rainy season and invites us to swimming. Because it is quite deep and has a lot of current nearly nobody dares to swim here and we are more or less alone. Ropes were stretched over the water star-shaped so that it is not possible to be driven away, but many Mexicans can’t swim. For the 20 MXN entrance fee pp camping would be allowed as well.

But we are heading to Palenque to Maya Bell Campground. It offers full hook-ups, a pool that’s fed by a jungle river; it is close to the archaeological place and hosts howling monkeys. In the evening life music lures us into the bar where generously mixed cocktails are available. One of the band members sings tunefully and reconciles us with Mexican music.

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