Photo: Cataratas de Agua Azul in Chiapas, Mexico

Cascada Agua Azul in Chiapas, MexicoSeems like there has been a bit of a theme here lately with regard to waterfalls. The truth is that there are many beautiful places here in Chiapas and a lot of them have waterfalls. A few weeks ago I was asked to go along with Foundation Escalera while they were evaluating scholarship and incentive programs for Mexican school students in under performing rural areas. One of the schools they were evaluating was in the money poor but scenery rich village of Agua Azul located in the jungles of northern Chiapas.

Most visitors to the falls don’t get to enjoy the charming village but to me it too was worth a visit also. The falls themselves consist of many cataracts following, one after another, into a series of cool blue pools. The blue color is derived from high mineral content and many of the logs that have fallen into the river have become encased in a thick shell of limestone. Last time I was here the weather had been stormy and the pools were muddy. This time I was able to photograph them in their full splendor.

 

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Author: Jonathan Look

In 2011 Jonathan Look decided to change his life and pursue adventures instead of comfort and possessions. His goal is to travel the world solo; one country at a time, one year at a time. To accomplish this he got rid of most of his possessions, packed up what little he saw as necessities and headed out. His goal is to spend ten years discovering new places, meeting new people and taking the time to learn about them, their values and their place on this tiny planet. He embraces the philosophy that says a person is the sum of their experiences and rejects the fraud of modern consumerism that makes people into slaves of their consumption. He doesn't intend to be modern day ascetic, just more mindful of his place in the world and to make decisions according to that new standard.

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