|From the lookout you´ll have great views of the Tuxtlas skyline
and the edge of the waterfall.
|A ticket taker will want to see the ticket from the steps or you´ll
have to pay another fee.
The swaying bridge has been replaced with a concrete arch.
The swaying one was and is more fun to walk.
|After the mists of the fall have soaked you, settle down for
some standard Mexican fare from one of the many
restaurants surrounding the base.
And take some deep breaths. Remember there are 244
steps going UP.
|The water from Salto de Eyipantla now meanders towards the
San Juan River, which merges with the Papaloapan river and
then enters the Gulf of Mexico in Alvarado.
|The name Eyipantla comes from the Nahuatl language, Eyi,
(three); pantli, (flag, furrow), tla (water). In Spanish that
translates to Salto de Tres Chorros and in English to Three
Approximately 120 feet wide and 180 feet tall, the fall is
impressive, especially when approaching it almost to its base
via a maintained path and those 244 steps.
|Once on top again, turn left through a gift shop arcade across
a swaying bridge to the lookout point. Some fairly well
maintained 3 pesos public bathrooms are on the way.
|13 kilometers (8 miles) from Catemaco, Veracruz (see map ) via
a paved road in usually deplorable condition, brings you to the
town of Salto de Eyipantla.
If you are coming by bus or communal taxi, catch another one
in Sihuapan on the corner of Route 180.
The entrance to the falls is on the left side, where you pay an 8
peso entrance fee (2008). Keep the ticket, you will need it to
visit the lookout above the falls.
|First constructed in 1973, 244 steps (?), some very steep, lead
through abundant greenery and hovels of souvenir sellers to
the base of the falls.
Midway you´ll catch your first view of the salto.
Some Apocalypto movie scenes were filmed here along with
dozens of other movies and commercials. I feel sorry for the
workers carrying all that equipment down and then up.
|Tlaloc, the lord of the rains, allegedly ruled Los Tuxtlas in pre-hispanic times.
And the Eyipantla waterfall was his home.
On a sunny day when sun rays magically reflect off the roaring cascades and mist envelops the lush
surrounding foliage, Tlaloc still beckons with his majestic presence.
The source for the waterfall is the Rio Grande de Catemaco which drains Laguna Catemaco
and the immediate surroundings of deforested cow pastures and corn fields.
San Andrés Tuxtla, Veracruz