The intense green of the vegetation is the first thing that hits you on visiting Naha and Metzabok, two designated Natural Protected Areas in Ocosingo, Chiapas, just over 80 kilometers from Palenque. Home to important endangered species such as hocofaisan (a rare breed of pheasant), harpy eagle, quetzal and jaguar, these areas are also the seat of one of the most ancient and traditional communities in Mexico, the Lacandon people. Naha and Metzabok were designated protected areas in an effort to improve conservation of natural resources in the region. The emphasis on ecotourism here means you can explore caves, enjoy rafting, camping, kayaking and guided tours all in the knowledge that your impact on these stunning surroundings will be low.
Naha offers a unique fusion of nature, land and ancestors in a peaceful and harmonious environment. ecotourism in the reserve is led by local communities, allowing you to get a real first-hand sense of life in the Chiapan jungle while contributing to the livelihood of its inhabitants. The importance of these communities and their work on the reserves is not to be underestimated. Enjoy what they have to offer: from camping and expert guided tours to rides in cayucos (a traditional boat made of logs) on the area's lagoons, tours of Naha's elaborate cavern system, hiking and a visit the community museum.
Metzabok – “thunder-making god” in the Mayan tongue – has over 82 hectares divided into 27 lagoons of various dimensions, surrounded by the dense vegetation of the mountains. A visit to the area's cave system will reward you with the unforgettable sight of ancient Mayan cave paintings, shrines and, atop the El Mirador cave, a pyramid.