30 kilometers south-west of Palenque, Misol Ha is the meeting point for the waters of the river Tzaconeja: from a crashing 30 meters, its falls come plummeting down in what is one of the most impressive images of Chiapas. Misol Ha operates as a tourism center, offering accommodation in cabins, a range of restaurants, a crafts store, an ample parking lot and a lengthy walkway. The waterfalls of Agua Azul originate in the confluence of the Shumulja, Otulun and Tulija rivers in the municipality of Tumbalá, just 64 kilometers from Palenque. The area boasts a stretch of shallow canyons and cliffs from which you'll watch the turquoise water tumbling down into cool natural pools. Both Misol Ha and Agua Azul are perfect spots for observing the exotic local species, if, that is, you can take your eyes off the water.
In the heart of the Chiapas jungle, the tourism center at Misol Ha is managed by an indigenous Chiapas community – the community of San Miguel – in charge of preserving the local flora and fauna, and at the same time providing you with the best guides to the surrounding landscape and wildlife. The community offers a range of tours, and, when you're done for the day, a comfortable cabin for that all-important good night's sleep.
The National Park at Agua Azul ranges over an astonishing 2,580 hectares of jungle. A designated Natural Protected Area, the park shelters a wide variety of flora and fauna as well as preserving the forest. When you visit, have a go at some rafting or diving in the crystalline pools below the waterfalls, or enjoy a spot of camping in the rich parkland.