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Curiosities Lake Miramar (Chiapas)

This huge mystic lake is hidden deep inside the Chiapas jungle. Its only inhabitants are alligators, monkeys and jaguars. People are forbidden. Miramar is part of a natural reservoir so no human settlements are allowed. After a two hours track through a muddy jungle, the calm waters of Miramar open in front of you and two local guards with riffles will welcome you. From their friendly faces it wasn´t quite clear to us whether they are here to help us or kill us.

They will let you set up your camp (by that I mean hang up your hammock) under a small roof. There is a fireplace so bring some food you can cook. There are NO other options. You have got what you bring. There is no drinkable water either so bring purifying tablets. The jungle is very hot during the day, but cold during the night. The clean waters of Miramar resemble the sea and the beach has soft sand. The swimming is fantastic (just beware of the alligators). The night in the open jungle with all its sounds is another great experience that you will never forget. You will feel just like a cast away on a beautiful island…

You have to pay 30 pesos for the entrance to the park and they asked us another 30 for hanging our hammock.

Do not forget:
Hammock, food, purifying tablets, matches, good boots warmer cloths for the evening and repellent.
What here:  
How to get here:
The journey starts in a small village Ejido Emiliano Zapata, through a pigs´ farm. Make sure you have good boots. Half an hour from here you will get to a fence full of cows and bulls. You can either pass through (as all local people do) or try to go around (like we did). If you decide to go around you might get lost (like we did), add two more hours to the original trip and some extra river wade. In any case the track is nice and spectacular. You can either go on your own (like we did) or hire a professional guide. They may even have a little horse that will carry your backpacks which is not such a bad idea.

How to get to Ejido Emiliano Zapata:
You have to come with one of the very few and very local “colectivos”. You can either come from Ocosingo or from the jungle (I was coming from La Realidad). In any case, it is a journey of hours if not the whole day! All of these colectivos end in a village called San Quintin. From here you have to walk another 20 minutes to Emiliano Zapata. They have a few wooden cottages on a river bank (about 100 pesos a night). The price is not negotiable since this is the only accommodation far and near but they are nice and have small terraces facing the river. It is good to spend the night here and early morning leave for Miramar.