Exuberant and majestic, Laguna de Miramar is a real paradise that can be found in the middle of the Lacandon Jungle in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas. Here’s how to get there and what to do in the site.
How to get to Laguna de Miramar
This heavenly place is located in southeast Chiapas, just 25 miles north of the border with Guatemala. To get there, you would need to go to Ocosingo, first –that’s 60 miles east of San Cristobal de las Casas. From there, you can take a bus to the Emiliano Zapata community or, if you’re driving, take the 218 highway heading south and, about 80 miles later, you’ll reach this community.
At Emiliano Zapata, you’ll find all the information you need to get to the lake. You will need to hire a guide there. Rental of canoes, tents, and sleeping bags are also available. You can even hire some local woman to cook food for you and your party at the lake. Consider that there is 4 mile walk from Zapata to the lake and the road can get a little muddy.
Once you get there, you’ll forget all about the long journey because that is how beautiful this place is. It is a sort of lost Garden of Eden, in which wildlife is all around. As you sail on your canoe or swim in its fresh, blue water, you might find yourself stalked by creatures like spider monkeys, tapirs, macaws and toucans, among many others. Butterflies are also abundant –as are other bugs, so bring repellent.
You can also find some petroglyphs and turtle caves at the site. What you won’t help but notice is all the color around you: orchids, bromeliads, ceibas, mahogany and many more species populate the area.
Not to mention the stunning show at night, with the starry sky and the sound of the howling monkeys in the background. Imagine waking up in the middle of the Lacandon Jungle, along with all its creatures, sounds and beautiful sights and beginning the day with a splash in the fresh water of the Laguna de Miramar.