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Mexico city, Mexico
March 27, 2011
From journal Chiapas, land of water and trees
Boca de Tomatlan, Mexico
January 20, 2004
Just the FactsThe Parque Nacional Lagunas de Montebello is a 2,400-acre national park in southern Chiapas at the Guatemalan border. It is 55km east of Comitán.
The park contains 59 lakes. Each is a different color because of variations in depth, and mineral and flora content. Chinkultic, ruins of an ancient Mayan city, are also here.
The park is easily accessible from Comitán. There are combis leaving throughout the day dropping you at the front gate or one of the larger lakes. There are also tour buses. To get here by car head south on Hwy 190, after about 10 miles turn left (east) on la Carretera Fronteriza (Hwy 307), which goes through the park. The tourist office in Comitán is a good source of information.
WarningAlthough we had no problem, we have read that many people have been assaulted in the area. Be careful, especially if hiking in a secluded area.
My ExperienceWe left Frontera Corozal after a scrumptious breakfast at the hotel. We were running one day behind schedule, so we decided to add a day to our trip and be half a day ahead of schedule. We were going to have time to see the Montebello lakes!
The drive took a little longer than we had expected; there were military checkpoints about every twenty miles or so. We reached the Parque Nacional Lagunas de Montebello in the early afternoon. We were back in cold country, our teeth were chattering, we put on more layers, parked in the sun and stared at one of the beautifully blue lakes.
Once warm we headed off to another lake. Our luggage was in the car, a jeep wrangler with no top and no trunk, so, not wanting to leave it unguarded we only saw what was viewable from the car. Amazingly, we saw quite a lot. There are roads, paved and dirt that go to many of the lakes.
The lakes are beautiful and they really are all different shades. The vegetation around some of the lakes is thick pine forest but unfortunately, in many areas the trees are gone. In a few areas, we saw that trees are being planted.
By three of the larger lakes, Montebello, Tziscao and Bosque Azul, there are restaurants, boat rentals and horses for hire. Montebello has an organized camping area and Tziscao has lodging. The all-important public bathrooms are in the parking area above Bosque Azul.
We saw many of the lakes; we were inspired by their colors; we left. We headed to Comitán, about an hour away, but wished we could add another day to the trip just to relax on the shores of Montebello.
From journal Comitán – A Lovely Surprise