Welcome to Reserva de la Biosfera Los Tuxtlas
The various nature reserves around San Andrés Tuxtla and Catemaco were conglomerated in 2006 into this biosphere reserve under Unesco protection. This unique volcanic region, rising 1680m above the coastal plains of southern Veracruz, lies 160km east of the Cordillera Neovolcánica, making it something of an ecological anomaly. Its complex vegetation is considered the northernmost limit of rainforest in the Americas. The nature reserve spans the Laguna Catemaco and its surrounds, and its heart is the Volcán San Martín, at the bottom of which sits the village of Ruíz Cortines. Despite its many charms, the region receives few international visitors and has little tourism infrastructure. This all makes it a wonderful area to explore for those with a love of nature and the offbeat. Get the latest update on Ruíz Cortines at the San Andrés tourist office, and take a local guide with you, as locals are wary of strangers.