THE TAMUL WATERFALL plunges into the Tampaon River in Ciudad Valles, Mexico. It rises some 340 feet above a beautiful river, and is the tallest waterfall of San Luis Potosi, the Mexican State where Tamul is located. It is one of the most beautiful falls in all of Mexico.

Famed for its turquoise water, Cascada de Tamul is the result of two rivers merging—the Gallinas River and the Santa Maria River—which create a 300-m wide waterfall. The best way to view the waterfall is from the river in a traditional wooden panga (canoe), which you’ll help paddle upstream.

How to get there:

From the town of Tanchachin — about an hour’s drive from Aquismon — the Tamul Waterfall is about a two hour paddle by panga upstream; the return trip only takes 45 minutes. You can hire a guide in Tanchachin.

What to consider

  • The best time to visit is in low water season. The rainy season is between July and August (much harder to visit then).
  • Wear a swimsuit, you’ll want to cool off in the river after your paddle.
  • Wear shoes that can get wet.
  • Avoid visiting during the Mexican holidays, as the crowds are dense.
  • There aren’t many signs posted in Tanchachin, the best route is to ask a local for help and they’ll point you in the right direction.