El Castaño

El Castaño is a small fishing village on the Southern Pacific Coast of Chiapas, Mexico in the La Encrucijada Biosphere Reserve. This village is home to approximately 50 people and tourism is operated by a community-based cooperative Grupo Turistico Costa Verde.

Get in

El Castaño is accessed through the city of Mapastepec, Chiapas. Direct public transportation to El Castaño does not exist but transportation can be arranged through Grupo Turistico.


In the heart of the La Encrucijada Biosphere Reserve, El Castaño is an ideal place to relax and simply enjoy the natural wonders of the coastal mangroves of Chiapas. The La Encrucijada mangrove is a highly dynamic ecosystem, where land meets sea, freshwater meets salt water, and where land and water dwelling creatures share the same place. Being such a unique ecosystem, this area is habitat to several threatened and endangered bird and mammal species including agami heron, jaibaru, rufus kingfisher, green parrots, jaguar, and spider monkeys and is a stopover for migratory birds. This is also home to crocodiles, caimans and green and black iguanas. These animals can be seen from a kayak on one of our aquatic trails. We offer cabins, kayak rentals, guided mangrove tours, sunset beach excursions and nighttime crocodile spotting tours.


Guided canoe tours of the La Encrucijada Biosphere with chances to view crocodiles, caymans, rare birds including Agami herons, pigmy kingfishers, pelicans, parrots, and green iguanas.

Night crocodile spotting tours—observe crocodiles in their natural habitat

Sunset beach trips to the San Nicholas Sand bar where the estuary meets the Pacific Ocean. Have a beer by the bonfire and watch the sunset over the Pacific

Photography tours on the water—for the once in a lifetime shot!

Sport fishing with an experienced guide

Locally built Environmental Interpretation center

Kayak, paddleboat and canoe rentals—get up close and personal with birds and animals most people will never see

Hammocks and cool breezes for relaxing


2 local restaurants serve fresh fish, shrimp, and crab served in traditional style.



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