Sunday, May 2, 2010

Cooling off in Cuetzalan....















Around the beautiful remote mountain village of Cuetzalan in the State of Puebla, there are some gorgeous natural pools, springs and waterfalls all set in tropical forest. It makes for a perfect day of hiking and swimming. Take a look at the landscape you hike through to reach them....

















And the secluded pools and rivers where you can take a refreshing swim....

















Above is a photograph of the most beautifully secluded and tranquil pools - swim along this river and just around the corner is the plunging waterfall of Atepatahua - no image unfortunately as I didn't have a waterproof camera!! More accessible are the waterfalls of Las Brisas....





















and El Salto......




















It is perfectly possible to hike and swim all three waterfalls in one day with the help of Xochiquetzal Tours who organise groups, guides and lunch for as little as 130 - 350 pesos (10 - 30 USD) for a full day trip. My favourite place was definitely Atepatahua, followed by El Salto and then Las Brisas. On Easter Sunday and being the closest waterfall to the centre of Cuetzalan, beware as this is another view of Las Brisas....

It is also possible to get to Cuetzalan from Mexico City for a long weekend as it is 6 hours by bus and 4 hours from Puebla City. For more gorgeous glimpses of the world this week check out My World Tuesday by clicking here.

14 comments:

Owen said...

Beautiful... what better way to spend a day than hiking in order to get to the reward of cooling off in crystal waters... and showering under a waterfall...

Peter said...

I guess that to have a dip in the clear water after a long walk must give you a fantastic feeling! ... and the scenery is giving you added value!

EG Wow said...

I cannot believe how inexpensive the tour is for a whole-day trip! What a great place to enjoy a refreshing dip as well.

Sylvia K said...

Gorgeous captures of a truly lovely place!! Love the waterfalls and those clear, beautiful pools! Thanks as always for sharing the beauty, Catherine! Have a wonderful week!

Sylvia

ewok1993 said...

those views are fantastic. i want to dip my toes in the pools.

Birgitta "foto CHIP" said...

Amaizing - I would love to go to Mexico :)

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Carolyn Ford said...

I would never want to leave that place...breathtakingly beautiful!

noel said...

aloha,

what a beautiful area, i love all the waterfalls, i think i would try to do all three also in one day!

thanks for showing us your world today

SandyCarlson said...

That water looks so very inviting. Thanks!

J Bar said...

Great shots.
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eileeninmd said...

Beautiful waterfalls and scenery! Looks like a wonderful place to visit and hike.

louciao said...

Such lush natural scenery. I feel refreshed just looking at the pictures of it: Must feel magical to be there. The last photo certainly shows up the contrasting ways available to celebrate a weekend.

Fly Girl said...

It looks like Eden. I can't imagine a more heavenly place to explore. Natrual springs and pools are a favorite of mine. I will keep Cuetzalan in mind on my next Mexico trip.

Glennis said...

Lovely places, the waterfalls are beautiful and the scenery is too, well worth tramping and hiking to.