Spanish is a pretty easy language to learn. It has a few rules, with a very few exceptions. The vowels always make the same sound, so it's pretty easy to read, and say, once you learn what those are.

So when you come across words that you don't know how to pronounce while in Mexico, it kind of throws you for a loop. Like Tzararacua, how the heck do you pronounce that?

Most often, words like that come from the more than 50 native languages that are also spoken in Mexico, besides Spanish. Languages like Nahuatl and Parépecha.

The easiest way to learn how to pronounce these words is to listen to the natives say them. 🙂

Then you'll start to notice some similarities, like that tz together make an 'sss' sound, as in Tzararacua (sa-ra-ra-coo-ah) and Tzintzuntzan (sin-soon-sahn).

We visited the impressive cataratas (waterfalls) of Tzararacua as we drove from Chapala toward Patzcuaro area for Dia de Muertos.

I loved these falls - they reminded me a lot of Costa Rica. As we began the hike, we were in pine forest. As we hiked down, down down, the hundreds of steps, we descended into jungle rain forest.

Watch the video below of this hike. Click here if you can't see it.

Have you been to this or similar waterfalls? Where?



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  1. Lynn

    We love cataratas. The most impresive I have seen are the Iguassu falls in Brasil/Argentina. It’s a must see for you guys on your trip. Cameo the kids and I just finished our test trip to Kentucky. We did almost the whole trip on veggie. Would have cost us about $1500 in fuel. (Awesome)The trip went well and we are so excited to hit the road. We also saw some waterfalls on our trip. The Cumberland falls in Kentucky. Glad you guys are doing well.

    • Rachel

      We’re planning on Iguazu for sure.

      That’s awesome about your trip! I’m glad things are working out for you to get on the road. We are loving our life on the road. Hope we meet up again some time, we really enjoyed our time with you guys.

  2. Courtney Baker

    In the first picture, I couldn’t help but think, “Umm guys, where’s Atlas?” But now I see him hiding back there!

    The waterfall looks gorgeous, and I love the depth of field in your pictures.


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