|Los Tuxtlas the Switzerland of Veracruz|
Over 3,000 different plant species and
up to 568 bird species by some counts can be found in the region which extends
from sea level to 1,700 meters in height.
This wide range of geological features, from beach to crater to steep-walled canyons, coupled with the moist, tropical climate leads to a wide range of different habitats within a small area.
FOODS: Cuisine is marked by Caribbean influences such as the plantain dish called mogo-mogo, yucca in garlic and an indigenous root known as tatabiguiyayo
|Catemaco pop: 25,000 alt: 370 meters|
|The resort town of Catemaco is on
shores of a huge
crater lake, the third largest in Mexico. Known for its tranquility and
the beauty of its natural landscapes the area has been popular with
Mexicans for generations and supports many small hotels. the lake is fed
by rain waters from the hill and the Cuetzalapan River. Catemaco and the
surrounding region is a famous center of the witchcraft industry. The
area has long been popular with Veracruzanos on weekends and has a large
lower budget tourist industry. The mysterious
Black Virgin church, the Basilica de Nuestra Señora del Carmen is well worth approaching with awe, admiration and an open heart as wonders never cease. The area is home to 556 species of migratory and local birds. In April and May, hundreds of herons nest on the tiny Isla de la Garzas. (Island of the Herons) A thousand types of bromeliad (tropical plants) chose the shores of Laguna Catemaco for their home.
FESTIVALS July 16 dedicated to the Virgin of Carmen and last a week.
foto tour by aventuraextrema.com
translated to English by google
Catemaco-Los Tuxtlas foto tour by aventuraextrema.com translated to English by google
|Santiago Tuxtlas pop:11,000 alt: 285 meters) ,|
Places To STAY
Zapotes”, (tres sah-PO-tes),
village (1990 est. pop. 854), SE Veracruz, E Mexico, 15 mi/24 km W of
San Andrés Tuxtla, near Cerro de las Mesas on N edge of Tuxtlas Mts. (in
former Olmec heartland); 18°30'N 95°30'W. Pre-Maya monument dating from
381 B.C.– 31 B.C. was found here (1939) near a colossal Olmec stone head
|San Andres Tuxtlas (pop: 80,000)|
Situated 245 kilometeres from Xalapa
and linked by ferderal highways 140 and 180, San Andres Tuxtlas acts as
a gateway to the region as well as its economic center.
Best know for its cigar manufacturing industry which have produced Mexico's best cigars since the XIX century when Cubans arrived.
Places To STAYSan Andrés Tuxtla Hotels by zonaturistica
15JUL (2 days) Virgin of Carmen Festival Although year round people come from afar to pay their respects to the statue in the church at the center of the town
Sontecamapan is on the coast, overlooking a lagoon. It is 18 kilometers from Catemaco and not very well known to visitors
Boat Trips: Visitors may choose a
trip around the lagoon or go out to the sand bar which separates the
lagoon from the sea
|Chiapas neighboring southern state|
In Chiapas you will find deep cultural roots of the Maya population as manifested in the traditional costumes, ceremonies and celebrations (fiestas). San Cristóbal de Las Casas is home to many colonial monuments.
(altitude 557m/1,838 ft. pop. 300,000)