El Salto de Eyipantla

  IMG_7278El Salto de Eyipantla is a beautiful waterfall located in Catemaco’s Big River whose fall forms a 40 meter wide and 50 meter high curtain; impressive to anyone lucky enough to see this beauty first hand.

This natural wonder has been important to residents for many years. In pre-Hispanic times El Salto de Eyipantla had a very special meaning; it was considered to be a symbol of “Tlalocan” or “Lord of the Rains.” Around 2000 B.C. everyone, even ladies came up to its crystal waters. Priests and god-men climbed up to see this amazing wonder and it is up there that they believed to receive the blessing from the god “Tlaloc”

This waterfall is the grandest and most spectacular in the entire Los Tuxtlas region. It is surrounded by lush vegetation full of oaks, mangroves, savannas, and many others; all in the vicinity of the los tuxtla biosphere. The animal wildlife is also greatly diverse and abundant, species like the boar, dear, rabbit, possum, and the dwarf leopard are a few of the animals that find their home around this great waterfall. The abundance of life spreads to the skies in this paradise since there are also a great variety of birds among which are the eagle, pheasant, pigeon and many songbirds.

The path leading to the waterfall starts from Comoapan and leads through a narrow path that later becomes a huge concrete staircase with 240 steps built in 1973, which allows a modern day convenience in order to access to the waterfall.

 

 

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