The simply stunning Cascada Velo de Novia, Chiapas is an absolute must-see in southern Mexico. Located in Cascadas El Chiflón along with 4 other waterfalls, a trip to Velo de Novia makes for a full day out in nature.
Plus, as El Chiflón is so easily reachable by public transport, you don’t even need a group tour! In fact, the cost of entry plus a return trip from nearby San Cristóbal de las Casas will cost you less than 250 pesos! Keep reading to find out how – as well as all about this stunning waterfall!
Cascada Velo de Novia, Chiapas: Facts & Figures
Velo de Novia translates from Spanish as bridal veil. And, it’s easy to see where the name came from with the long, flowing white water that is the waterfall.
The Velo de Novia waterfall is located in the Cascadas El Chiflón waterfall park in Chiapas, Mexico. In the park, there are 5 main waterfalls. These are all along a 1.2-kilometre stretch of the San Vicente River (Rio San Vicente). Of which, Velo de Novia is the third of the 5 waterfalls in the park.
Cascada Velo de Novia truly is the jewel in the crown of El Chiflón. The waterfall is over 120 metres tall! And, there is also a secondary smaller waterfall after the main drop.
Outside of the rainy season, the water is aqua blue and truly impressive. In fact, not too dissimilar to the Agua Azul waterfalls in Palenque, Chiapas. In the rainy season, however, the colour is not so vivid. During this time, the water is more of a green-blue colour in the river and plunge pools. But, all year round the waterfalls are truly spectacular to experience.
Best Viewpoints of Cascada Velo de Novia, Chiapas
There are two separate entrances to Cascadas El Chiflón on either side of the river on which the waterfalls are located. With each entrance being run by a different company. Of the two sides, you want to enter the park on the right-hand side of the river as you look towards them from the road (Centro Ecoturistico Cascadas El Chiflón).
Unfortunately, the entrance on the left does not have access to all the waterfalls at El Chiflón. Plus, the view of Cascada Velo de Novia is from further away. As such, the viewpoints described here are all those on the right-hand side entrance of the river.
Your first glimpse of the magnificent Velo de Novia will be from the pathway leading towards the waterfall. There’s a straight stretch of path with steps at the far end. It’s here, where you’ll first get an idea of the true scale of this incredible waterfall. Additionally, it’s a great spot for a photo with the leading lines of the pathway.
Then, when you reach the waterfall there’s 2 epic vantage points plus a viewing platform just metres from the free-falling water! The first vantage point – next to the zip line tower and refreshment stalls – is the perfect place to get a stunning photo of Velo de Novia. If you’re travelling in a group of 2 or more, take it in turns to go up to the viewing platform for the most epic photograph!
The second vantage point is located down some steps from the first. Here, you’ll be much closer to the waterfall so the mist and spray will definitely leave you feeling a little damp.
And, it’s from this second vantage point that you can climb the slippery steps to the viewing platform. Which, is where you will definitely get soaked from the spray of the waterfall! If you have a water case for your phone, then I definitely recommend bringing it. But, be warned your photos might be a bit of a misty, blurry mess as it really is like taking a shower!
How to visit Velo de Novia Waterfall
So, now you know all about Velo de Novia, I’m guessing you want to know how to visit it! Luckily, the Cascadas El Chiflón waterfalls are very easy to visit – you don’t even need a tour!
Getting to Cascadas El Chiflón
You don’t need to hire a car just to visit El Chiflón as public transport is cheap and easy. But, if you are already renting one – or just have your own car – then driving is an easy way to reach the falls. Plus, there’s plenty of parking available on-site at El Chiflón.
To note, the roads from the nearby town of Comitan de Dominguez to the waterfalls are quite windy and in poor condition in places. So, drive with care as vehicles are often on the wrong side of the road to avoid potholes or untarmacked sections.
Additionally, there are many immigration checkpoints throughout the state of Chiapas and there are a few on the route between El Chiflón and San Cristóbal. As such, you should carry your passport and FMM (paper visa given on arrival into Mexico) on you for inspection.
By Public Transport
From where ever you are in Chiapas, you’ll first need to get to the city of Comitan de Dominguez. From San Cristóbal de las Casas, you can get to Comitan by taking an ADO or OCC bus from the main bus station for 60 pesos each way. The journey takes 2 hours and brings you to the central bus station in Comitan. Make sure to check the bus schedule as the frequency changes across the day, and different days have different bus times!
From the bus station, exit onto the main road and turn left. Walk about 2.5 blocks and you’ll find the spot where all the collectivos leave from. You can’t miss them! Here, you’ll need to find one going to El Chiflón by either seeing the name in the window or by simply asking.
The cost of the collectivo is 35 pesos per person and the drive takes about 45 minutes. You’ll be dropped off right outside the entrance to El Chiflón, to boot. Don’t forget to take the entrance on the right-hand side of the river!
IMPORTANT: As of 1 October 2021, anyone travelling on ADO buses – including other services that are part of the ADO group such as OCC, SUR and AU – must present photo ID at the time of boarding. Additionally, all non-Mexicans must also present documentation of their immigration status in the country. For most people, this will be the paper FMM slip given on arrival. Read the official statement here.
Visiting Cascadas El Chiflón
The park is open from 8 am to 5.30 pm, every day of the year. While entry is a bargain at just 50 pesos per person.
The entrance fee includes access to all the waterfalls, on-site bathrooms, a museum and an iguana observation point. Swimming in a designated area away from the current of the larger waterfalls is also included in the price. So, make sure to pack some swimming items and a towel! However, in the rainy season, no swimming is allowed.
Additionally, there are many refreshment stands selling snacks and drinks, as well as a series of 3 zip lines that pass over the waterfalls for an extra charge.
RELATED ARTICLE: For all the information you could ever need on Cascadas El Chiflon, read this complete guide to the waterfall park!
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Information is correct as of October 2021 but is subject to change in future.
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