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Montebello Lakes National Park
National Park since December 16, 1959. It is located 61 kilometers from Comitan, in the municipalities of Trinitaria and La Independencia in the southeast of the state of Chiapas, very close to Guatemala.
The lakes are "uvalas", cenotes that the erosion of limestone and landslides have been forming over time. Famous for the colors of its waters, these are due to factors such as the type of bottom soil, vegetation and refraction of light.
First protected area in Chiapas
It consists of 6,022 hectares of mesophilic mountain, pine and oak forests. In this area, 256 plant species and more than 100 types of vertebrates have been recorded, the vast majority of which are unique to the neotropical biotic region of the Chiapas and El Petén highlands.
18% of this area is occupied by lakes and lagoons -52 in total- ranging from turquoise to black, surrounded by pine and oak forests, among other species of the mesophilic forest such as Liquidambar.
Because of the heavy rains of the region, the dissolution of limestones has allowed each of these lagoons to have very different characteristics; as shape, size and depth that in some cases ranges between 70 and 120 meters.