Laguna Miramar is a secluded lake surrounded by lush jungle and covered hills in the Lacandon jungle on the border with Guatemala. The fresh water of the lake is crystal clear and warm. There is nobody than you, the blue water lake and the sound of howler monkeys. It is a hidden gem in Mexico. A piece of heaven on earth.
Laguna Miramar is a very well hidden treasure far away from the civilization. You will need to be very adventurous, have very much time and patience to reach this heaven on earth. When we were there in late movember 2014, it was raining everyday so this heaven on earth was less heavenly than I was hoping for!
The very long journey to the laguna Miramar started on an very early morning from San Cristobal with a bus ride for about 1-2 h to the small town Ocosingo. After that we jump on a chicken bus that drove for about 6 hours on a unpaved road through beautiful hills and valleys, to our final destination the village Emiliano Zapata.
( On the way back we took a mini truck to Comitan and then a bus back to San Cristobal which seems like an easier way…not sure though!)
Dont expect to be sitting because the seats are either occupied by someone or something. Standing up or sitting down (if you are lucky) on a mini truck driving on a bumpy road is not for everyone!
We had a quick pitstop in a small village. And I managed to capture this shy and cute little girl spying on us.
We arrived late that evening and slept in one of the few and simple but quite pricely bungalow provided for tourist by the Centro touristico at the village. Ask the truck driver to bring you all the way there!
The Centro touristico don’t have a restaurant neither does the village but there are some few private home serving as restaurant for tourists. Just ask around.
Unfortunally I don’t have any photo of the village or the “home restaurant”.
Picture borrowed from Here
As it was raining a lot, we decided to wait till the rain would stop which never happen so on the third day we rented two pair of rain boots, a horse and a guide to bring us to the lake.
Normally this would be an easy 3 km walk doable without a guide but since it has been raining so much the trails were all muddy and some part we got knee high mud! The easiet way to get there was on a back of a horse. It was expensiv so we only got one for me. Totally worth it!
This was my third time ever on a back of a horse so I was sweating a bit and I was not riding on easy trails! It was all muddy and the horse had to jump around to find the best way to pass through!
More experiences gain: ✔️
I felt sorry for David though because he had blisters from the rainboots!
It was hard but ohhh boy it was sooo fun! I live for this kind of adventures! That say, it was still a pity that we couldn’t hike to the lake on a sunny day and on dry trails!
Finally by the laguna Mirmar, David (as he speak spanish) had a quick chitchat with the drunken “guardian” of the area. And then we started to pitch our rented tent that was giving to us upon arrival.
The image is borrowed from Here