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We just did part of this hike from Las Animas to the Cuale Waterfall at Quimixto. It took about 20 minutes and was well worth it! The waterfall was gorgeous and even had a natural water slide. The water was a bit cold but we all went for a dip before having a bite to eat at the restaurant. People can also rent horses to take them up to the waterfall, but this meant that there was a lot of horse poo on the trail - watch your step!

This trail was absolutely amazing! We took the orange bus from where we were staying outside Mismaloya to Boca (10 pesos/person). After getting off the bus, we walked down the steep cobblestone road and over a walking bridge to get to the other side of the small cove. The trial started out by leading us past some villas and houses, then it went through the woods for a while. It got steep fairly quickly and there are a lot of stairs. I would definitely recommend wearing tennis shoes and not any type of sandals. The trail poked out at Colomitos Cove. The view was absolutely breathtaking, with crystal clear blue water. This beach is pretty small and there were not very many people. At this point the trail crosses the sand and there is a fairly big rock close to where the waves break that you have to climb up to follow the path. This was the only part of the hike where we weren’t sure where to go - make sure you go close to the surf (we had to go one at a time to make sure the waves didn’t get our shoes wet). After this part of the hike, most of the trial followed closely along the beach. For a lot of it there was a rock path, and for some we walked through the sand. We crossed several fantastic white sand beaches with nobody on them (Escondida, Caballo, Troza), hotels right on the water, and even a large bar/restaurant that looked like a very nice place to stop for a drink. In the end, we ended up at Las Animas beach which had several restaurants, shops, beach chairs, and boats. In total, the 2.9 mile hike took us 1.5 hours at a moderate pace, including stops to take pictures. We spent several hours at Las Animas before taking a water taxi back to Boca (40 pesos a person). If you are staying near Mismaloya, I definitely recommend taking some time to do this hike!


Gorgeous hike along the water! So beautiful, you run into a few beautiful beach areas. At the end you will reach the beach with different restaurants for food & drinks & water tools for activities or just simple chill & tan. You can hike it back to shore or take a water taxi back for one way is about 3-3.5 mile hike. A must do of your into our door adventures.

on Sendero Jaguar

3 months ago

This is a fun trail through the forest down to the river and back to the gardens.

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Make your way to Boca de Tomatlan and head straight down to the water. Turn left and walk upstream for 50-100 meters and you'll see a bridge across the river. That's where the trail starts. Cross the bridge and turn right. For the first half kilometer or so the trail winds amongst homes perched on the steep slope. It's easy to take a wrong turn onto a path leading to one of the homes but you won't be off trail for long. The trail hugs the coast so it's ocean views all the way. There are some gorgeous isolated beaches along the way as well. When in doubt just keep walking parallel to the ocean and you should be good. There are several places to stop along the way for a beer or snack. Once you reach Quimixto the trail winds amongst homes of the local inhabitants. Tons of colour here. Turn inland (left at the junction), cross the river bed and you'll hit a narrow road that leads to the trail again. Locals are super friendly, Just ask for 'cascade'. It's about 20 minutes from Quimixto. There's a restaurant at the waterfall so take your swimming suit for a cooling dip. It's fairly easy to grab a water taxi at Quimixto to get you back to Boca if you don't want to walk back.

During the rainy season (July to October) I suspect this trail would be quite muddy but the falls would be great. November/December would be good months to hike this trail as the waterfall will be flush and there will be lots of canopy to keep you cooler on the trail. Towards the end of the dry season (April/May) most of the canopy is gone so you need sun screen.

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