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Top Choice Ecoresort in Catemaco

Reserva Ecológica de Nanciyaga

On the northeast shore of the Laguna Catemaco, 8km from Catemaco, the well-established Reserva Ecológica de Nanciyaga preserves a small tract of rainforest. The grounds are replete with a temascal (traditional steam…
Church in Catemaco

Basílica del Carmen

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 i…
Cafe in Catemaco

La Casa de Los Tesoros

This very popular hippie-styled place is part cafe-restaurant, part used bookstore (spot some vintage LP guides here), part gallery and part arty gift shop, selling locally produced handicrafts. It's renowned among …
Italian in Catemaco

Il Fiorentino

Smarter than your average Italian-abroad restaurant, Il Fiorentino serves handmade pasta, Piedmontese wine, cappuccinos and great cake. It’s on the malecón and run by an Italian – of course.
Seafood in Catemaco

La Ola

A vast waterfront restaurant on the malecón, serving all the seafood you could want, including reasonable pargo (red snapper), barbecued shrimp and more.
Arts & Crafts in Catemaco

Fractal Naturaleza

An excellent place to check out souvenirs made by local Los Tuxtlas artisans, this store does its best to support local art and textiles. It also brews coffee.
Bar in Catemaco

La Panga

This bar-restaurant, literally floating on the lake with its own boardwalk, is an idyllic place to lean back, sip cerveza and grab a bite to eat while the sun disappears beyond the lake and the rolling hills.