The Rio la Venta region, in Chiapas, is one of the most extraordinary karstic areas in the world. The rainforest extends into still intact areas and it is crossed by a 80 km long canyon that can be descended in several ways. The walls are up to 500 m high and are very narrow. About halfway through the river, the river dug a tunnel of extraordinary beauty. There are many archaeological sites in the area before the Maya, mostly unknown. In the core of this area, there is a 50 hectare private reserve that is the base for all activities and it has a natural arch where it is possible to climb. It can be reached in about 2 hours from the main airport.
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Logistics and transports
All MB team members and their collaborators, as well as being skilled speleologists and mountaineers, are regularly licensed to work on ropes in natural and artificial locations (such as IRATA). In addition, MB provides its own technicians and customers with tools and materials for rope progression, carefully chosen and revised. ropes
Base camp: the base camp arranged by the MB team is generally composed of a «base camp» tent equipped as a kitchen, a «bell tent» for material storage and for charging electronic equipment; personal tents for 2/3 people; electricity generator; gas and camping stoves; fresh and/or lyophilised food; boxes for materials and food storage; medical backpack; VHF radio equipment; satellite phone and possible satellite internet. tent
For access to specific locations, MB uses small or medium sized boats for the transport of materials and/or people. The MB team will evaluate, from time to time and due to the peculiarity of the place, the boat conditions. boat
Pickup or 4X4 will be used to allow access to the location. MB only uses revised vehicles and in good condition. jeep
Points of interest
- Selva El Ocote: a protected forest area with large tropical trees, a "stone city" with large limestone blocks, geological shapes of tropical karst phenomena.
- Canyon Rio la Venta: a canyon of 80 km accessible with mixed technique (on foot and canoe / kayak), rock faces up to 500 m with terraces reachable by climbing and archaeological sites.
- Arco del Tiempo: a 500 m long natural tunnel with an height of 160 m, unique in the world, located in the middle of the Rio la Venta canyon; crystalline lakes, swimming, parrots, climbing, rope descent.
- Rancho El Arco: a karst reserve of 50 hectares of private property with 3 km cave, climbing walls, "a secret" well, underground river, coffee plantations, hospitality by local people.
The city of Cintalapa is the base for reaching the locations and it is 1 hour drive from Tuxtla Gutierrez, capital of Chiapas (international airport). Then:
Selva El Ocote: 3 h off-road vehicle
Canyon Rio the Venta: 1 h by car + 1 h on foot
Tiempo Arch: 45' by car + 3 h on foot
Rancho El Arco: 25' by car