Chiapas’s beautiful and ecologically rich eastern corner is slowly opening to ordinary travelers, with improved roads and new attractions that help shake off a reputation for isolation and frontier-style lawlessness.
Lagunas de Montebello National Park has long been a highlight of the state, with dozens of picturesque lakes nestled in a hilly pine forest. But rather than marking a turn-around point for travelers, Lagunas de Montebello now serves as gateway to a handful of new (or newly accessible) natural attractions.
Don’t miss Las Nubes, a small ecocenter perched alongside an impressive series of river rapids and waterfalls with nearby hiking and rafting; or Las Guacamayas, where you can hike or boat through the lush Montes Azules biosphere reserve, spotting monkeys, toucans, macaws, and lush rainforest flora.
The region also offers access to Laguna Miramar, a stunning forest lake and another longtime state highlight.
© Liza Prado and Gary Chandler from Moon Chiapas, 1st Edition