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“Loved the waterfall at Quimixto!”
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Owner description: Great place for snorkeling south of the city.
Denham Springs, Louisiana
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“Loved the waterfall at Quimixto!”
Reviewed June 14, 2010

After doing a little research on-line and reading several reviews on Trip Advisor, my family of 4 adults and 7 kids, ranging in ages of 13-20, did Quimixto and had the time of our lives! We followed the advice and went to Boca de Tomatlan on our own. If you don't have a rental car, there are city buses that go there. From there, we easily hired a local boat. We didn't do the mule ride in Quimixto (it's 150 Pesos), but decided to hike to the waterfall. You don't have to be a world class athlete to make the 25 minute hike, although it was a little dusty and I was glad we had water. Even though there hadn't been much rain, the waterfall was beautiful! The water wasn't cold, and the rock slide was so much fun. There's a little restaurant at the top at the bast of the waterfall where you can buy refreshments, And after our visit to the waterfall, we asked the boat operator to take us snorkeling. It was truly a memorably great day!

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Napa, California
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“A Pleasant Half-Day Hike to Quimixto and the Falls”
Reviewed December 27, 2009

My wife and I hiked from Las Animas to Quimixto (after taking a water taxi to Las Animas). It took less than an hour along a very well maintained trail that was mostly jungle. (This is opposed to the 2 hour, rather difficult hike from Boca to Las Animas, which we took (and enjoyed) last year. There is a lot of info on that hike elsewhere.) After crossing the shallow river in bare feet, we arrived in the sleepy little pueblo of Quimixto. We were rather surprised how small it was. A couple or three shops line “Main Street,” selling this and that. Upon reaching the ocean, we were met by a tiny little inlet consisting of a couple small restaurants, a long dock, and no real beach to speak of. However, there is a very nice deserted beach down about 50 meters away from these two restaurants.

It seems that Quimixto is a place to stop for the boatloads of tourists who want to see the falls. As we were not tired from our earlier hike, we hiked the 25-minute well-maintained pleasant trail to the falls. As one reviewer noted, get there early, because the tourists riding up with all the horses will overcrowd the falls area AND the trail. (We noticed that they clean up the trail of horse droppings; if they didn’t, the trail would be a complete stinking mess.)

The falls are very pretty. There is a restaurant there with many tables, but they charge 50 pesos just to sit down. Ordering anything is extra. The water was too cold to swim, and with no area to sit, we left just before the hoards came.

Heading back to the pier, we had a very good lunch at one of the restaurants (the one further away from the dock). While watching the pelicans dive for their lunch, we had an exquisite spicy shrimp cocktail, and very good fish tostadas. We caught a water taxi back to Boca from the end of the dock (sort of hectic with people coming in and out from the boat tours). All in all, considering the hikes we had, it was a pleasant half-day adventure.

10 Thank nick_in_napa
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“Really cool place - far better than Yelapa and no hassle!”
Reviewed September 5, 2009

Having had a really bad experience at Yelapa our trip by water taxi to Quimixto was with some trepidation!

We need not have worried - what a different experience! Whilst not as stunningly pretty as Yelapa we loved Quimixto. The first huge difference is that you do not get plagued by sellers here. Nearly all goods are klined up on stalls and it is really very civilised.

The second issue is that it is far easier to find the waterfall here and plenty of horses to take you there. This place is very tranquil and bnot at all a rip-off. The waterfall is awesome and we had a good timje swimming there.

Quimixto's best kept secret though is the Quimixto Special cocktail prepared at the beachfront bar/restaurant as you come off the jetty. Couldn't tell yuo what is in it and don't remember too much after the second, but it was superb, so much so, that i seriously consdiered a return visit just for that before the end of the holiday!

This place is really worth a visit, and is really laid back away from the crowds. The people here are also lauid back and not at all pushy.

If you are caught between Quimixto and Yelapa don't be.Quimixto wins hands down.

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“Go early to avoid tourists.”
Reviewed January 8, 2009

We went independently to Quimixto; taking a bus from PV to Boca then a water taxi to Quimixto. If you want authentic Mexican and none of the touristy stuff, go early in the morning. We got there around 10am and the town was just starting to wake up. We opted not to take a horse to the falls, we hiked it and it took about half an hour. The path is not easy, but not overly hard either. When we got to the falls it was just us at the little restaurant there. It was very pleasant and quiet; just the rumble of the waterfall. We hiked out and caught a water taxi back to Boca at 1pm, just as three large boats of people showed up.

6 Thank Caoish
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“Perspective, and comparison.”
Reviewed March 3, 2008

I have been to PV twice, both times doing a snorkel tour to Los Arcos, which then proceeded to Las Animas (beach for sunning and lunch), and on to another town down the coast for a hike to a waterfall. The two trips (two years) went to two different towns and waterfalls: Quimixto and Yelapa. Each has it's pluses and minuses.

Quimixto is a very small village with relatively few solid significant buildings (houses). The trail to the falls is a pretty fair hike, with some steep stretches. Much of the trail lies in deep gullies cut into the landscape. The trail is dusty, and those who walk need to step aside to let those riding horses pass, kicking up more dust and dirt in their wake. The most prominent lasting impression of the walk is dust, dirt, and pastures filled with horses (many of which are old and undernourished). The waterfall is a moderate height cascade into a good sized pool with good depth. Locals jump from high up the cliffs surrounding the pool, and a rope facilitates adventuresome tourists who may climb a short distance up the base of the falls to a rocky ledge, from which they can slide down a natural waterslide into the plunge pool.

By way of contrast, Yelapa is a larger village with many colorful buildings, many sporting fine gardens and flower boxes. My recollection of the trail to the falls is that it was much shorter, less steep, less dusty, and less 'gullied'. The falls is taller (far more visually impressive), but (by my recollection) the pool is not as enticing for a swim.

The water temperature (at either) will vary with time of year, river flow, and any number of other factors. Expect it to be refreshing, brisk, perhaps even a tad chilly, but I can hardly imagine it being "bone chilling cold" (as described in another review). In both villages, expect to be approached by kids selling candy and such, though the harder thing to avoid may be numerous men (accosting you as soon as you set foot on the beach) with iguanas, placing them into your arms or across your shoulders, encouraging your associates to take pictures of you, then asking $5 US for EACH picture that they convinced you to take (with your own camera).

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