Sandbags divert the flow of Agua Azul river in Chiapas. Sandbags divert the flow of Agua Azul river in Chiapas.

Waterfall recovers after river diverted

Agua Azul falls in Chiapas had been drying up after river changed course

Efforts to divert the flow of the Agua Azul river in Chiapas and restore the popular waterfalls by the same name have been successful, federal and state officials said yesterday.


The river changed course for reasons that have not yet been defined but there appears to be a consensus among geologists that September’s earthquakes might have been the cause. The falls showed signs of drying up 10 days ago as a result of the diversion.

Thousands of tourists visit the Agua Azul waterfalls, making it the main economic driver of the region.

In order to divert the main flow of the river back toward the falls, government officials and local residents built a temporary wall with sandbags. A permanent masonry wall will be built to replace the sandbags.

Once the natural course of the river was thus altered, the heads of three federal agencies — the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat), the National Water Commission (Conagua) and the National Natural Protected Areas Commission (Conanp) — visited the river, joined by Chiapas Governor Manuel Velasco Coello.

Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Rafael Pacchiano Alemán said 100% of the flow of water toward the river’s cataracts was reestablished thanks to the work of the federation and the state, along with local residents.

Source: El Universal (sp)

The Agua Azul falls yesterday.

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  • DreadFool

    gracias a Tláloc!

  • gypsyken

    I’ve visited Agua Azul several times in my motorhome. It is a beautiful place. But the last time I visited, several years ago, I watched helplessly as another visitor from the U.S. was sucked into a whirlpool and drowned. (The area was fenced off with warning signs, which he disregarded.)