Picture yourself swimming in natural pools, surrounded by the Lacandon Jungle, while hearing the sound of the waterfall behind your back and some howler monkeys in the distance. Doesn’t it seem like paradise?? Well, this is something you can experience in Chiapas, a beautiful place in MEXICO!
Chiapas is a State located in southern Mexico and which has a border with Guatemala. Because of its reach culture, flora and fauna diversity and tropical weather, Chiapas is an ideal place to practice Ecotourism and (why not?) learn more about Mexican history.
How to get to Chiapas?
As always, the fastest way is by plane! You can find tickets departing from Mexico City or other States arriving at either Tuxtla Gutierrez (the capital of Chiapas) or Palenque (an archeological town north of Chiapas). Once in there, if you are planning to stay at least five days moving around the State, I’ll suggest you rent a car at the airports as public transportation might not reach to the places. However, you CAN take buses or local cars called “combis” that get you closer to them in the main cities ( Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapa de Corzo, San Cristobal de Las Casas, Comitan de Domínguez, Palenque)
Where to go?
If you love nature and are looking forward and exciting adventure inside the Lacandon Jungle, the next places will be a great idea for you.
Lagunas de Montebello:
Palenque: Declared World Heritage by UNESCO, Palenque is an archeological site built by the great Mayan civilization by 2500 B.C. Nowadays, is considered one of the most important archeological sites in Mesoamerica. To visit it you can either get a tour guide who will explain you the city’s history or explore it by yourself (you can actually have a great adventure looking for hidden constructions in the middle of the Jungle). Also, very close there is a waterfall. Make sure you check it out!!
Where to eat? Street food is the best way to eat a local delicious food at a very accessible price. Therefore, on the left-hand side before getting to the entrance you will find a variety of tacos, tamales (a corn dough stuffed with beans or meat wrapped in corn husks), quesadillas (tortilla filled with cheese), bottled waters, sodas, etc! If you want a full-service restaurant you can also eat around there.
Roberto Barrios: My personal favorite place,
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