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Villa Luz Ecological Reserve

Tapijulapa / Tacotalpa

Only three kilometers from Tapijulapa is one of the richest places in biodiversity terms since on its trails you can meet saraguato monkeys, iguanas and a great birds variety, being a magnet for visitors looking for the ideal mix between adventure, adrenaline, tradition and culture—Villa Luz Natural Park, surrounded by the Oxolotán riverbed.

For the bravest, there’s a suspension bridge that will direct you to a 180 meter long zip line from where you’ll have the best view of the imposing 70-meters-high Villa Luz Waterfall.

If you want something calmer, there are boat tours along the river or you can head towards the pools to cool off with a swim. The recommendation is to dare to camp in this thick jungle, for having the opportunity to go into the jungle where a very special cave is. Inside it houses a small lake with high sulfites concentrations, one of the few in the world, where the rare sardinas ciegas (cave tetra) live, blind by the almost total darkness that predominates in this site. These fish also have very special neighbors, bats.

This habitat is of utmost importance for Zoque culture, so we invite you to schedule your visit at Easter, specifically on Palm Sunday, when this ethnic group performs an ancestral ceremony in which, wearing their traditional dresses, carry out the Danza de la Sardina (Dance of the Sardine), thus asking the gods for fishing permission.

Nor can you stop going to the Tomás Garrido House Museum within this park—a large house that served as a resting place for Tomás Garrido Canabal, a politician and military man from Chiapas. There are currently exhibited Zoque culture archaeological pieces and crafts from the region.
Only three kilometers from Tapijulapa is one of the richest places in biodiversity terms since on its trails you can meet saraguato monkeys, iguanas and a great birds variety, being a magnet for visitors looking for the ideal mix between adventure, adrenaline, tradition and culture—Villa Luz Natural Park, surrounded by the Oxolotán riverbed.

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For the bravest, there’s a suspension bridge that will direct you to a 180 meter long zip line from where you’ll have the best view of the imposing 70-meters-high Villa Luz Waterfall.

If you want something calmer, there are boat tours along the river or you can head towards the pools to cool off with a swim. The recommendation is to dare to camp in this thick jungle, for having the opportunity to go into the jungle where a very special cave is. Inside it houses a small lake with high sulfites concentrations, one of the few in the world, where the rare sardinas ciegas (cave tetra) live, blind by the almost total darkness that predominates in this site. These fish also have very special neighbors, bats.

This habitat is of utmost importance for Zoque culture, so we invite you to schedule your visit at Easter, specifically on Palm Sunday, when this ethnic group performs an ancestral ceremony in which, wearing their traditional dresses, carry out the Danza de la Sardina (Dance of the Sardine), thus asking the gods for fishing permission.

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