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Its name means "place of the black man" in Nahuatl. It is located in the municipality of Ocosingo in the state of Chiapas, between the mountains in the east of the state, bordered in the north with the municipality of Palenque, to the east and south by the Republic of Guatemala, southwest with Las Margaritas and northeast with Chilon, Oxchuc, Altamirano and San Juan Cancuc.

It is fed by a dense hydrological network composed of the Usumacinta, Lacantun, Jataté, Tzendales, Perlas, Lacanjá rivers among others, and by the Miramar, Ocotal and Lacanjá lakes. The predominant species are oak, cedar, mahogany, sapodilla, rubber tree, ceiba, among others. Its fauna is rich in all types of species: reptiles such as the ocotera snake, nauyaca snake and cincuate bull snake, mammals such as the flying squirrel, wild boar, bat, deer, coyote, jaguar, raccoon, ocelot, porcupine, collared peccary, oncilla and deer goat, and birds including the harpy eagle, toucan and grey-breasted mountain toucan, freshwater fish, amphibians and many others.

It has more than 2,000 archaeological sites, including Yaxchilán, Bonampak, Tonina and Plan de Ayutla.

The area has hotels and restaurants that are suitable for every budget.

There are also ecotourism camp sites, canoe rental and guided tours through the jungle, as well as other activities like visiting the museum community, the cave systems and hiking.

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