Lic. Eduardo Ruiz National Park
110 Nicolás Bravo, Uruapan, Mexico
01 452 527 5900
Lic. Eduardo Ruiz National Park Uruapan Reviews
tropical paradise amidst a bustling city Mar 27, 2009
Arriving at the bus station in Uruapan you can hop in a taxi and simply say "Parc National por vavor" and the taxi will speed off towards the park. The ride will cost you 25 pesos. Once at the front gate you will pay 12 pesos for entry. Notice the sign in the entry, there is no smoking and no alcohol in the park. Ask for a map at the front gate as well, the park is larger than you think and roads criss cross eachother, a map is very useful.
As soon as you walk past the gate the air changes. It gets a bit more humid and tropical feeling. The first thing you will notice is people selling everything from food to clothes to random nick nacks. Don't purchase anything right away look around first and remember to haggle about the prices. I start by cutting the price in half and working slowly up from there. As soon as you start stolling in the park it's easy to loose yourself in the peaceful beauty of the area, huge palms and plants open up to rock faces and cliffs. The river below you is clear and blue. Keep an eye out for performers! They will wait for a crowd and then jump from insane hights into the pools that the river has formed. Beware once they come out of the water they will be asking for money so if you don't want to pay, watch the show but start walking as soon as he hits the water.
Before you see it you will definatly hear the waters roar as it crashed on the rocks. Have your camera ready but be patient it may take time for others to walk away so that you can get the perfect shot that you want. Remember people in Mexico work on a different schedual, nothing is ever fast or right away. There are numerous waterfalls in the park and each one will blow you away. Some are tall and thin and others are very short but very spread out. Each is amazing in its own way.
Along with the natural waterfalls, the park has built some spectacular waterfalls and fountains as well. Each is unique and nothing like the previous one you saw.
Be sure to sample some of the local food that people are selling, everything is freshly prepared with the utmost of care and although it won't be what you're used to at home it's wonderful food and well worth sampling.
It is easily possible to get lost on the paths and wander all day without tiring of the smells, sights and sounds. I have been there twice and can't wait to return again. It is the perfect way to spend a day getting away from the bustle of the city.
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