La Encrucijada Biosphere Reserve

Photo: Pablo Leautaud, Golfinas (Some rights reserved) Publisher’s note: This feature was originally written in the early 2000s and is being updated. Suggestions are welcome. On Chiapas’ southern Pacific coast, the 357,824 acres (144,868 hectares) La Encrucijada Biosphere Reserve is a coastal ecosystem of mangrove estuaries, semi-deciduous tropical forest, and seasonally flooded forests. Given the …

Lagunas de Montebello National Park

Photo: Roberto Llebig, Lago (Some rights reserved) Lagunas de Montebello National Park (Spanish: Parque Nacional Lagunas de Montebello) is locate in Chiapas, near the border with Guatemala, comprising 59 multi-colored lakes in a pine forest and two Maya archaeological sites. It was the first national park in Chiapas when created in 1959, and in 2009 …

Chiapas

Photo: J. Paulo Carbajal-Borges, El Triunfo (Some rights reserved) Mexico – Chiapas is bordered by the states of Tabasco to the north, Veracruz to the northwest and Oaxaca to the west. The name comes from Náhuatl which means “the place where the chia grows.” Google Maps goo.gl/maps/cR7uhk7JLXx73EVs7 Video Parks Cities Planeta.com

Chiapas Links

Chiapas Flag What would locals like others know about Chiapas, Mexico? Presenting relevant links in a somewhat random fashion: HeadlinesGobierno de AMLO otorga 89 mdp para remodelar estadio para equipo de beisbol presidido por Pío López – El Universal Elsewhere on the Weblamanodelmono.org – facebook FincasFinca Valle Escondido is inbetween Palenque and the more remote …

El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve

Photo: J. Paulo Carbajal-Borges, El bosque de niebla (Some rights reserved) Chiapas, Mexico – The Biosphere Reserve El Triunfo protects the central portion of the Sierra Madre Mountains. With an area of 119,177 hectares, El Triunfo protects two of the most threatened ecosystems of Mexico: The Mountain Mesofile Forest (Cloud Forest) and the Tropical Humid …

Sumidero Canyon

Photo: Rod Waddington, On the river (Some rights reserved) Chiapas – The spectacular, 1-kilometer-deep Sumidero Canyon (Cañón del Sumidero) was the stage for an epic battle between the Spanish and the Chiapanecan Indians, who chose to jump into the sacred canyon rather than submit to the invaders. Google Mapsgoo.gl/maps/5g4yS379MXA3u5p36 More recently, engineers tamed the whitewater …

Chiapas’ Laguna Miramar (1999)

By John NobleFrom the archives (July 1999) Chiapas, Mexico — Beautiful, pristine Laguna Miramar, 100 kilometers south-east of Ocosingo, is the largest lake in the Lacandon jungle. It is becoming known — and accessible — to the outside world thanks to a successful community ecotourism project by the village whose territory borders its western shore, …