Lacandona Rainforest: Jewel of Chiapas

Arriving in Chiapas’ Selva Lacandona (Lacandon Rainforest) is like arriving in the Garden of Eden, a habitat that every year is drenched with 2,000 to 5,000 millimeters of rain that blesses, heals and nourishes the life of the jungle. Visiting the Lacandon is to experience, with enormous national pride, the home of 24% of Mexico’s terrestrial mammal species, 44% of its birds, 13% of its fish, 10% of its reptiles, and 40% of its diurnal butterflies.


It is finding yourself among 3,400 species of vascular plants and almost 600 species of trees.  It is to fill your mind and soul with the bouquets of mahogany, cedar and rosewood and orchids and bromeliads, while kapoks and other colossal trees stand above like titans, watching everything below.

Amazonia and the Lacandon are the mothers of all rainforests and home to a myriad of ancestral indigenous peoples and languages.  They are home to gazillions of trees and other flora that generously provide us with food, medicine and oxygen. Every day, their forests suck in millions of tons of carbon dioxide that help mitigate global warming, helping humans survive.

Without these two massive rainforests, we all would be in dire straits.


Let’s forget for a moment the fatuous obsession to build mammoth trains that cut through and destroy the Maya rainforest.  Because the Lacandon is the real Maya train, the biological corridor that connects and gives life, that freely offers its priceless environmental services, that has provided a home for centuries to indigenous peoples and their ancestral knowledge.

To visit the Lacandon,  first travel to San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, then on to the Chajul Research Station in the Montes Azules reserve. Plan to explore Bonampak and Yaxchilán,  Chan-Kin, Metzabok and Nahá, of the Sierra la Cojolita community reserve and the Montes Azules and Lacan-Tún biosphere reserves.


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