Don’t you love finding an intimate paradise that offers you both a physical challenge and unrivaled natural beauty? By intimate, we mean a spot that is not inundated with tourists and you don’t have to compete for the view, but rather an oasis unknown to many, where you can have a unique and sublime experience especially for lovers of extreme ecotourism.
This hidden gem is the Chipitín Waterfall, located in the state of Nueva León, and is only a two- hour drive from Monterrey, the third largest city in Mexico, which has five Hilton hotels where you can stay, including: Hampton Inn by Hilton Monterrey / Galleries-Bishopric, Homewood Suites by Hilton Monterrey Apodaca, Hampton Inn by Hilton Monterrey Apodeca, Hampton Inn by Hilton Monterrey-Airport, Hilton Garden Inn Monterrey Airport.
To get to the Chipitín Waterfall, you must visit Cumbres de Monterrey National Park along the Eastern side of the Sierra Madre mountain range. Nature lovers will like learning some curious facts about this park, such as, that among its more than a 1,000 species of flora and fauna, 73 of them are considered endangered, and the park produces around 70 % of the water consumed by the city of Monterrey, with 20 canyons that reach eight municipalities. Whether you’re looking for something tranquil or something a bit more exciting, this park will suit your needs.
To take on this amazing adventure, we recommend the following:
1. Hire a tour operator or agency that offers certified guides and makes sure you meet all the requirements, including minimum age and fitness level.
2. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes, pack a bathing suit, and carry a bottle of water as well as something to eat. As you will be experiencing water canyoning, try to use shoes that can get wet and have good treads. A change of clothes as well as a backup pair of shoes is also advisable. Keep in mind that poison ivy abounds in the area, so do not rule out wearing clothing with sleeves, etc. as it will protect you from scratches.
3. Take this walk when the river is at its highest flow, preferably between the months of March and August.
4. Be sure not to contaminate or litter.
The excitement begins when you reach the river, where the famous route of the 7 rappels between the waterfalls starts, the next one more intense than the previous one. To reach the end, you will have to swim, jump and climb. In addition, and this you surely have to experience, is the launch from a natural slide, which is an adventure without comparison. It is worth noting that once the tour has started you cannot return and you must finish it, so for those who enjoy ecotourism, this is a dream come true, but maybe not intended for the faint of heart.
When making the last rappel, you can see the waterfall and lagoon of Chipitín in all its splendor and wonder. The turquoise blue dot that can only be seen from above will open up in front of you. We advise you to sit and rest in one of its rock formations, breathe in the fresh air and enjoy the different green tones of the vegetation and the dreamlike view that surrounds you. You can swim in these waters and feel the life around you. The sound of the fall of the water, along with the landscape will be enchanting and you will never want to leave.
Luckily, it is also possible to camp at the waterfall or stay in wooden cabins around the area. What could be better than to enjoy a moonlit campfire with friends and family under a blanket of stars. Chipitín is truly a great representation of ecotourism and is sure to revitalize you. Should you decide not to stay in the area, remember that the trail you took to come down you must climb back up. So, take a moment to rest, snack, take pictures and enjoy the tranquility that nature offers, before you head out.
If you are a lover of extreme sports or looking for new challenges, visiting Chipitín is an experience not to be missed. We welcome you at any of the five Hilton hotels in Monterrey should you decide to embark on this unforgettable adventure.