The Most Scenic Spots in the Lagunas De Montebello National Park in Chiapas
Lagunas de Montebello I © Roberto Llebig / Flickr
Lagunas de Montebello National Park
is a protected area in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas
, next to the border with Guatemala. The reserve contains 59 multicolored lakes, a vast expanse of forest, Mayan ruins
and a multitude of wildlife. UNESCO
designated the 6,000 hectare area a Biosphere Reserve in 2009. Here’s a rundown of some of the most picturesque spots in Lagunas de Montebello National Park.
Lake Tziscao is the largest of the lakes in Lagunas de Montebello National Park, and the closest to the border with Guatemala.
Lake Tziscao © Agguizar / WikiCommons
Local fishermen use wooden rafts to take to the water.
Fishermen on Lake Pojoj © Roberto LIebig / Flickr
Tourists can also arrange to tour the lake on a raft or a canoe.
Lake Pojoj © alfredo saints / Flickr
Lake Peña Blanca forms part of the Cinco Lagos (Five Lakes) body of water.
Lake Peña Blanca © Rodolfo Araiza G. / Flickr
The American sweetgum tree is found throughout the Lagunas de Montebello National Park.
American sweetgum tree © Eduardo Manchon / WikiCommons
Lake Tziscao is often shrouded in atmospheric mist during the rainy months between June and September.
Lake Tziscao © Armando Mejía / Flickr
The multicolored lakes are famous for their incredible colors, with tones ranging from midnight blue to turquoise.
Lake Tziscao © Comisión Mexicana de Filmaciones / Flickr
The Mayan archeological ruin of Chinkultic is part of the national park.
Chinkultic © Joeldesalvatierra / WikiCommons
The view from Chinkultic overlooks several cenotes, or underwater sinkholes. Once celebrated as sacred by the ancient Mayans, they now draw divers, swimmers and adventurers alike.
Cenote in front of Chinkultic © Joeldesalvatierra / WikiCommons