Because I was travelling in a car with a Mexican family, I guess I was fortunate enough to arrive early in the morning before the main tourist groups came. It was just so refreshing to see the falls in morning light and discover more falls as I walked up the public path. I really enjoyed walking around the area taking pics from different angles and taking in the beautiful scenery that I could spend all day walking around this place. I called it "The Gem of Chiapas". I suppose you'd have to travel independently and spend a lot of time there to really appreciate it.
There are a couple of trails which the locals may charge you to enter. The chances are the fees doesn't cost much anyway and you get to see more angles of the falls plus a little walk into the jungle. I paid 25 Pesos to enter one trail and they gave me a guide for a little 15 minute tour.
As far as swimming goes, it is not possible to have a dip in almost all pools as the force of the water makes it too dangerous to swim in. Saying that, there are two "safe" places I know of which you can have a dip in. The first one is right next to the car park near an island with trees, and the second one is a calm pool near the top of the Agua Azul falls/terraces (via a lengthy walk to the top) which I've had a dip in myself.
There are numerous market stalls and a few eateries which run parallel along the path beginning from the car park, and as a heads up all public toilets charge a fee for 10 Pesos so have some change handy.
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