Tzararacua

Situated 10km South of Uruapan, Cascada de la Tzararacua is one of those few Michoacan State secrets still relatively undiscovered by the outside world. Beset within an ancient forest of towering juniper and cypress trees, the thundering waterfall is foremost known as a haven for bird and mammal spotting. A proliferation of migratory species inhabit the area, including American Dippers, Grace's Warblers and White-Naped Swifts, as well as the famously elusive Berylline Hummingbird.

It started life as a mere trickle, way up in the rugged highlands of Eduardo Riz National Park, however the “Rio Que Canta” (Singing River) is anything but. Gathering pace down the rugged cut estuaries beyond Uruapan, Rio Que Canta crashes its way through the forest like a blundering animal, gaining in ferocity and fervor by the time it reaches the falls of Tzararacua. At an elevation of just over 50 meters, Cascada de la Tzararacua cannot be seen from the approach – its best viewed from the forest floor, where trees give way to an angular eroded cliff face of slick, spray-soaked rock. Climbing to the source isn't advisable, owing to the sheer power and volume of the cascade.

For confident swimmers, the temperate pool beneath Cascada deTzararacua offers a refreshing and invigorating dip, however, its well advised to alternate turns, so that a partner may always spot you from the bank. Little visited by the majority of tourists from Uruapan, the falls are extremely isolated and it isn't uncommon not to meet another soul for the entirety of your visit. A series of smaller pools exist further down the hillside, several large enough for swimming lengths, while others only big enough to accommodate two people. Bathing high up on the mountainside in the heat of the summer sun, Cascade de Tzararacua is a romantic retreat that beats any holistic hotel spa hands down!

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