Caves of Chiapas

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Large, easy-access caves, long kilometers, with underground streams, beaches, stalactites, stalagmites, fauna, archaeological finds. Located in a private karst reserve

The Rio la Venta region, in Chiapas, is one of the most extraordinary karstic areas in the world. On the plateaus there are very large concretionaries caves, crossed by underground rivers, where it is possible to make internal base camps. There are pre-Columbian archaeological finds and specimens of underground fauna. They are located in a private 50 hectare reserve that is the operating base for speleology and other activities. It can be reached in about 2 hours from the main airport.

Related Projects

La Venta – Rio La Venta


Mexico – Rio La Venta project

Mexico – Chiapas project

Logistics and transports
  • ropes
  • jeep

Points of interest

Selva El Ocote: a protected forest area with large tropical trees, "stone city" with large limestone blocks, geological shapes of tropical karst phenomena.

Naranjo Cueva: a 3,5 km sub-horizon cave, with underground stream and large concretionaries rooms, 5 entrances, possibility of traverse and descent of wells, fauna cave, archeology, totally secure and controlled access as it is located in a private area.

Cueva Ejidal: 2.5 km cave with features similar to Naranjo, located 1 km away.

Rancho El Arco: a karst reserve of 50 hectares of private property with 3 km cave, climbing walls, "secret" well, underground river, coffee plantations, hospitality by local people.


The city of Cintapala is the base for reaching the locations and it is 1 hour drive from Tuxtla Gutierrez, capital of Chiapas (international airport). Then:

Rancho El Arco: 25’ by car

Naranjo Cueva: 5’ on foot

Cueva Ejidal: 10’ on foot