Reserva Ecológica de Nanciyaga
Biological Research Station
North of the junction to Jicacal, you’ll soon hit the Biological Research Station and will see a handful of camping opportunities,...
If hidden waterfalls, kayaking, hiking, bird-watching or beautiful beaches interest you, Ecobiosfera will organize your excursion....
Lonely Planet review
On the northeast shore of the lake, the well-established Reserva Ecológica de Nanciyaga preserves a small tract of rainforest. The grounds are replete with a temascal, an ancient planetarium and Olmec-themed decorations and replicas. Even though it plays up the contrived indigenous theme, this place stands out for its organization and cleanliness. One night’s lodging (M$900) in solar-powered cabins includes a mineral mud bath, a massage, a guided walk and the use of kayaks. You have to walk to the bathrooms, so it’s a mix of rustic and high-quality. It’s not for everyone, but it provides an incredible experience for those who want to be very close to nature while being reasonably comfortable. Arrive by pirata (M$7), taxi (M$80) or by boat (M$50 per person; hire in Catemaco).