Off the Muddy Path: Monkey Falls

After arriving in San Ignacio, our hostel owner offered a short evening trip to Monkey Falls.  I knew it was a waterfall, but that’s it.  It was a short, probably rough, drive from town and a short hike through some pretty serious mud to get there.  It was definitely worth it though.

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We were greeted with glistening emerald water, that was actually pretty warm.  (I think?)  There was a waterfall with a hole behind it that our guide made me crawl in.  It was pretty small and I was a little afraid of what might have been behind me, but I tried not to think about it.

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After I was safely back in the water, I enjoyed it a bit more before walking a bit farther down.  On our way, I almost fell in.  The mud in some spots was actually just mud on top of water and my leg went right in.  I also almost fell off of a log on the way back.  There was limestone under the water acting as natural bridges, and believe it or not, I almost fell off of that too.  That was actually slippery.  Steady as she goes, right?

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I’m really probably not doing this place justice.  It was like a mini Semuc Champey.  How bad could it really be?

Tips for visiting:

  • Ask at Bella’s Backpackers hostel if you want to go.  That’s where I stayed and she told us about it.  I’m not sure if they take people that aren’t staying there, but there aren’t many other hostels in town.
  • Wear shoes you don’t mind getting muddy.
  • Watch your step along the water and on logs.  It can be slippery and like I said, muddy.
  • Bring a snack and water.  You’ll be gone for a few hours at least.

Have you been to Monkey Falls?  Do you want to go?  Which picture is your favorite?

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