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Review of Laguna Miramar

Laguna Miramar
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Owner description: This lake, 190 kilometers from San Cristobal, is buried deep in a rainforest filled with diverse forms of wildlife.
Reviewed February 25, 2014

The lake itself is gorgeous, clear, warm water surrounded my lush jungle covered hills and the sound of howler monkeys. It really is an untouched piece of paradise. The town of Emiliano Zapata was also very pleasant with two nice rivers and friendly people.

Practical bit: We travelled to the Laguna from Comitan (itself a decent enough place to stay). Firstly by a 20 minute colectivo bus to Las Magaritas (every 15 minutes or so), and then a five hour colectivo bus from there. The ride was not so bad as the first half was asphalt. Total cost For both buses 100MX. It seems there are several daily departures on this route but the times are flexible, we left Las Margaritas at 9 am. On arrival in Emiliano Zapata the bus dropped us at the cabins where we were met by the tourism committee, they explained the services on offer and prices. The cabins were clean with electricity and got solar showers (in toilet block). The lake is about1.5 hours walk away. At the lake there is no formal accommodation, only tent (which we rented), or hammock. There are guardians there 24 hours a day. Prices as of Feb 2014: cabin 120 MX pp, small tent for two people 150MX per night, 3 hour canoe tour with guide (two options available, both great) 300 MX per canoe, daily lake fee 40 MX. You need to bring own food and water to the lake but there is a fire and pots and pans. Shops andbasiccomedor in Emiliano Zapata. Overall very well organised and a fantastic experience, we were the only ones there!

7  Thank Pharoah L
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Reviewed February 20, 2013

very nice place in the earth of chiapas.the village of emiliano zapata is very friendly and talk with this people is very interesting. the lake is magnificient. a little bit hard to join. we arrived from las nubes (other great place) and the trip was hard..we had to walk 1/2 hour to loma bonita, then take a carro to matitlan and at the end a boat (lancha) upon the river for 1 and 1/2 hour (lancha is expensive 1000-1200 pesos). from the village of emiliano zapata you have to walk 2 hour to join laguna miramar, beautiful lake uncontaminated. it's better to take a guide to some routes on kayak to the most beautiful places of the lake. also the return was hard because there are only combi (little bus) on the night and you have to change in las margaritas to go to comitan, but visit these little villages is a unique esperience. it's better to have a tenth to sleep in front of the lake. viva zapata

6  Thank Matteoxxx
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Reviewed February 12, 2012

I have to say its been a while when I was there, so I don't know if the conditions are the same. First we had to get a very local transport to take us to a small village called Emiliano Zapata where there were some simple cabanas to stay overninght. next day morning we refused to hire a guide, left on our own, got lost (of course), eventually found the way and in aprox six hours through mud, rivers and beautiful valleys got there. There was no other place than a small "palapa" where you could hang your "hamaca" and a place to make fire. The night there was magical, scary and beautiful full of the jungle sounds. I loved it.

4  Thank iliveinmexico
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Reviewed June 24, 2010

Mela Montoya's alternative tours are once in a lifetime experiences!

she is an experienced and bilingual guide who is a great choice for those who dont want to be part of the packs of tourists that get impersonally and unconsciously rushed from attraction to attraction.
I contacted her because I was interested in learning about pottery, and understood that the nearby town of Amatenango Del Valle had reknowned potters but i had no 'in'. Mela was my in, we met with an amazing woman who was a potter just like her mother and her mothers mother. Mela asked tons of great questions to make it a full experience. I learned so much and felt like a welcome outsider rather than an unwelcome observer.
I found Mela by seeing her poster around town and emailing her at MelitaMontoya@gmail.com, and i highly recommend it. It is a little more money but not by much, and totally worth it for a personalized and personal experience. She says that she want to help facilitate all sorts of experiences in the area and her expertise is not only in culture and history but also medicinal plants, folklore, yoga, recreation and things of that sort, something like a holistic tour....wonderful. write her an email if you are in town and want to learn and experience the area.

-Katherine from California.

9  Thank pennelope88
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Reviewed July 27, 2017
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