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GREEN EMERALD JUNGLE AND MIRRORS OF WATER

Located in the southern part of the state of Veracruz, the region is surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico and the Papaloapan and Coatzacoalcos rivers. The area includes the Sierra de Los Tuxtlas with hundreds of volcanoes, among which the San Martín Volcano stands out, reaching a height of 1,737 meters. It is also home to several rivers that form rapids and beautiful waterfalls amidst lush vegetation, as well as the towns of Santiago and San Andrés Tuxtla and Catemaco.

Los Tuxtlas was declared a Biosphere Reserve in 1989, as its biodiversity is one of the highest on the planet. To date, more than 2,368 species of vascular plants, 117 species of reptiles, 45 species of amphibians, 561 species of birds, and thousands of species of butterflies have been recorded in the area.

Los Tuxtlas

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CATEMACO

Within the Los Tuxtlas area, there are several towns, among which Catemaco stands out. It offers ancestral myths and legends that come to life during its annual witchcraft congress, held on the first Friday of March. It is located on the shores of Lake Catemaco, which was formed when eruptions closed a valley between two important volcanoes.

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Lake Catemaco

The lake is the third largest in Mexico and contains several islands, including Tenaxpilla, also known as Monkey Island, inhabited by a colony of long-tailed macaques brought from Thailand, which have developed swimming skills. Other islands of interest are Agaltepec, which was a place of worship before the arrival of the Spanish and is currently a howler monkey reserve, and Las Garzas Island, where flocks of different bird species take refuge. This area has served as a backdrop for numerous internationally acclaimed films.

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Nanciyaga

On the shores of the lake, you can also visit Nanciyaga, a natural paradise where you can swim in its spring waters, enjoy a relaxing mud bath, or participate in a Temazcal steam bath.

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Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Carmen

In the town of Catemaco, you can visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, which not only features a beautiful building dating back to 1953 but also amazes visitors with its history.

The image is also known as "The Virgin of the Volcano," and the story begins when the Virgin appeared to a fisherman in 1664 inside the El Tegal cave, located on the shores of Lake Catemaco. This event coincided with the eruption of the San Martín Volcano, and the Virgin left her footprints inside the cave, transforming into a statue. The Virgin is now credited with various miracles and is highly revered.

SAN ANDRÉS TUXTLA

San Andrés Tuxtla is located 12 kilometers from Catemaco and is internationally famous for its excellent cigars.

Its history dates back to its first settlers who established themselves here in 1335 due to the eruption of the San Martín Volcano.

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Lerdo de Tejada Park

The city has a pleasant and tranquil atmosphere that can be enjoyed in its restaurants around Lerdo de Tejada Park, one of the city's most emblematic places.

Carrizal

As part of the Los Tuxtlas region, its geography is also composed of jungle vegetation and lagoons, with Carrizal being particularly notable. According to popular beliefs, it has healing waters.

Salto de Eyipantla and Laguna Encantada

Other natural beauties near San Andrés include the impressive Eyipantla Waterfall and the Enchanted Lagoon, named so because its water level rises during the dry season and decreases during the rainy season.

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SANTIAGO TUXTLA

Within the Los Tuxtlas area, there are several towns, among which Catemaco stands out. It offers ancestral myths and legends that come to life during its annual witchcraft congress, held on the first Friday of March. It is located on the shores of Lake Catemaco, which was formed when eruptions closed a valley between two important volcanoes.

 

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Tuxteco Museum

The museum consists of four rooms displaying over 3,500 archaeological pieces from different pre-Hispanic cultures. It features one of the largest Olmec heads ever found, originating from the Matacapam archaeological site. It is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tres Zapote Archaeological Site

The region is also home to an important archaeological site, Tres Zapotes, which sparked interest in the mysterious Olmec culture after the discovery of the first Colossal Head in 1862.

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Visit Tres Zapotes Archaeological Site

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Explore Nanciyaga

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