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Chiflon (Mexico)

Practical information on Chiflon

  • Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
  • Viewpoint
  • Hiking / Trekking
  • Extreme Sports
  • River
  • Waterfall
3 / 5 - 2 reviews
How to get there
Thirty minutes from Comitán by bus
When to go
Best in the dry season when the water is turquoise
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Chiflon

Mikaël Faujour Seasoned Traveller
30 written opinions

A walk in natural surroundings featuring spectacular waterfalls

My suggestion:
Take drinking water and a picnic with you, perhaps mosquito repellent too, and visit the site in the morning.
My review
I discovered this site on a a crazy week-long trip I went on with my pal Marco, who like me lives as a French ex-pat in Guatemala. The trip provided the perfect pretext to renew our tourist visas. Lying in the vicinity of the peaceful and very pleasant "magic village" (it features on the list of "Pueblos Màgicos" drawn up by the Mexican Tourist Board) of Comitán de Domínguez – the place we used as our base – El Chiflón, a "community" nature reserve (i.e. it belongs to a community that exploits temporary workers from outside the area – be sceptical about community tourism therefore!), is somewhere that has a beautiful walk to enjoy. From memory, the trail takes around two hours to complete. It follows the course of the San Vicente River and has waterfalls at various points along it, including a particularly impressive one named "Bridal Veil" ("Velo de Novia", which is 120 metres in height.
Eva Martin Seasoned Traveller
181 written opinions

An ecotourism park – though there's quite a bit of concrete in evidence all the same – containing seven waterfalls located in the Chiapas region.

My suggestion:
Avoid at all costs the organised tours from San Cristóbal that end with a visit to the Montebello Lakes. They make for a long day, and I do mean long!
My review
Well, as so often when somewhere places a lot of emphasis on its "ecotourism" or "community-based tourism" credentials, I had my doubts about the veracity of the claims (ah, the joys of a questioning mind). And after a few short conversations with the site's employees, my doubts were confirmed.
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