Chiapas is a top destination for adventure travel and eco-tourism in Mexico. The region can be explored on Chiapas tours or independently. Two attractions that you absolutely must not miss are El Chiflón and the Lagunas de Montebello National Park.
El Chiflón is a spectacular series of waterfalls and pools created by the Río San Vicente. A pathway leads along the river and extends around the base of the dramatic 70 m (230 feet) Velo de Novia waterfall. Prepare to be drenched by the spray.
Basic services available at El Chiflón include cabanas, comedores (small restaurants serving simple meals) and a campground, all catering to overnight guests and visitors on Chiapas tours.
The Lagunas de Montebello National Park is a picturesque lake region in the far south of Chiapas. Here you’ll find more than 50 small mineral-laden lakes surrounded by pine and oak forests. The minerals in the lakes, plus the reflection of the sun give the lakes their remarkable hues that range from turquoise to emerald to violet to blue to deep green.
Located near the entrance to the Lagunas de Montebello National Park are the Lagunas de Colores, five strikingly vivid colored lakes, as well as a group of caves known as the Grutas San Rafael del Arco and a pair of underwater sinkholes called Dos Cenotes.
Situated within the boundaries of the park, the lakeside village of Tziscao offers a variety of basic visitor services including cabanas, many with scenic lake views, a hostel and campground, small restaurants serving simple meals and guided Chiapas tours of the area. At the Tziscao eco-tourism center you can rent rafts, kayaks and paddleboats, hike an extensive network of trails that lead around the lake and go horseback riding.