Instagram influencer, 23, dies in waterfall tragedy at tourist spot

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A Instagram travel influencer has died after falling from the top of a waterfall.

Erica Liane Tavares, 23, fell from one of the waterfalls at the Cascadas de Agua Azul tourist spot in the Mexican state of Chiapas on Monday afternoon (local time).

Ms Tavares, from Portugal, was with her German boyfriend, 24-year-old Johans Aigner, when the tragedy unfolded.

It is believed she fell through a crevice into the water, some eight metres below, where she was swept away by the strong current.

Erica Liane Tavares poses for Instagram photos for her @anomadjellyfish page.
Erica Liane Tavares's body was found after a search of several hours on Tuesday (local time). Source: @anomadjellyfish via Newsflash/Australscope

The search operation lasted some 12 hours before rescuers found her dead body in an area of dense vegetation the following day.

Her body was taken to the municipality of Ocosingo for a post-mortem and then she will be repatriated to her native Portugal.

It was not speculated whether the cause of death was drowning or whether she died from a potential collision with a hard object.

At the time of reporting, Erica had 14,700 followers on Instagram, where she documented her travels around the globe.

The Cascadas de Agua Azul where Erica Liane Tavares, 23, died.
The Cascadas de Agua Azul where Ms Tavares died. Source: Newsflash/Australscope

Photos show her enjoying herself in the United Arab Emirates, the Azores and Iceland, in addition to Mexico, where she had been travelling for the past three months.

In one of her latest posts, she paid tribute to her home country, writing: "Three months already in Latin America, and I guess you start to see the good things about your home country when you leave.

"So, in Lisbon we have espressos for EUR 0.70 (A$1.11), the humidity allows you to breathe, and the sun doesn't give you sun stroke like here in Mexico.

"Also, we have olive oil, like, a lot. And when you are forced to cook with normal oil, it's very different. But, Mexico has great mangos and avocados."

The Cascadas de Agua Azul were declared a nature reserve in 1980. They receive some 700,000 visits per year. 

It is not clear if the police will investigate the case.

– Australscope

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