Catemaco Lake Tours

Catemaco Lake is a natural wonderland for travelers who love the outdoors. Whether it’s joining one of the thousands of fishermen casting lines into the 22-meter-deep waters, or hiring a boat to explore the surrounding sites, Catemaco is a still undeveloped Mecca perfect for spending a sunny afternoon.

This rustic freshwater lake in south central Veracruz was formed by a natural lava flow from the nearby San Marin Tuxtla volcano. Its chilly waters and the fertile foothills that surround it offer plenty of options for outdoor exploring. Travelers can hire a local boat and paddle into the depths of Catemaco Lake before washing ashore Monkey Island, where playful primates swing freely between towering emerald green trees. Or they can head to nearby Nanciyaga Ecological Reserve for a refreshing swim in the peaceful lagoon, followed by relaxing mud massages and a dip in the hot springs. 

Practical Info

The lake is located in the heart of the Sierra de Los Tuxtlas, about 100 miles south of Vera Cruz City. Buses leave from the main station and cost about $10 per person for the 8-hour round-trip ride. 
Address: Sierra de Los Tuxtlas, Veracruz, Mexico
Admission: $10
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Catemaco and Los Tuxtlas Natural Adventure Day Trip

Venture deep into the great outdoors during this action-packed day trip, which makes it easy to escape the city. You’ll have personalized attention from a private guide as you cover four different stops, from the largest head of the Olmec civilization to a secluded island inhabited by a lively monkey population. You’ll also climb to the top of a stunning waterfall and learn about Mexican biodiversity in an ecological park.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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  • Duration: 12 hours

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