Basílica del Carmen
Based in a palapa hut on the malecón, these guys rent beat-down adventure gear and offer tours around the lake and to the coast.
Catemaco sits on the shore of the 16km-long Laguna Catemaco, which is ringed by volcanic hills and is actually a lake and not a lagoon....
This bar-restaurant, literally floating on the lake with its own boardwalk, is an idyllic place to lean back, sip cerveza and grab a...
A vast waterfront restaurant on the malecón , serving all the seafood you could want including pargo (red snapper), a la veracruzana ...
Basílica del Carmen information
Catemaco’s main church was named a basilica (ie a church with special ceremonial rights) in 1961, due primarily to its position as a pilgrimage site for the Virgen del Carmen. It's said she appeared to a fisherman in a cave by Laguna Catemaco in 1664, in conjunction with a volcanic eruption. A statue of the virgin resides in the church and is venerated on her feast day every July 16.
The intricate interior and haunting stained glass of the church belie its modernity; the current building only dates from 1953, though it looks at least a century older.