La Jungla, Catemaco | Established Campground

Mexico

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Last Visited: 15 days ago
GPS: 18.44528, -95.06737
Altitude: 345.0 masl
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Amenities

Electricity: No
Wifi: No
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: Yes
Showers: Hot
Water: Potable
Toilets: Running Water
Big Rig Friendly: No
Tent Friendly: Yes
Pet Friendly: Yes
Sanitation Dump Station: Unknown

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Description

Beautiful place in the green right on the lagoon. 100Pesos/Person with showers, toilets. Access from the main road (which is also not rosy), the vegetation quite deep. With our 2.4m high vehicle no problem. From 3m you will probably strip the occasional shrub. The road is rather narrow so big rigs not. But we passed with pickup and camper and there was one lady with a 28’ camper but she said she had to put her mirrors in.
There is a natural pool with a water slide, great for kids and adults

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Absolutely beautiful place. There are two dogs but are very friendly with other dogs. The pool and water slide are very fun. I used to come here when I was a kid and had the best time. You can go to the small boat parking (dont know the word) and stop one of the tour boats for a quick (and cheaper?) tour of the lake. Not much vegetarian food options but there are some. There is good cell reception but no wifi

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Very nice place, we stayed here 2 nights! 100pesos per person per night, no problems for us to arrive with our fiat ducato 2.6mt high but we really crossed our fingers that we wouldn't cross any other vehicle on the Jungla! Best place to see macaws, they are there on the morning and on the afternoon. If you have time, don't miss the restaurant just next to the camping (Reserva Ecológica) as it's delicious! Very good breakfast! To get there you have to do all the road back and take the right road at the entrance!
Bm.aroundtheworld from Switzerland

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wonderful place! The owner & his wife super friendly. No Problem to go there with out Citroen Jumper, 2,6m high.

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Juste comme mentionné plus haut c’est très bien et a voir. Le sentier d’accès bien pour nous sans problèmes.

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A beautiful camping directly on the lake. You can not swim in the lake because of the crocodiles. But it has three pools and a slide. Showers, toilet and restaurant. We had macaws in the trees above our tent. There are monkeys on the islands in the lake. You can take a boat tour 500 pesos there or better rent kayaks and paddle there yourself. You just paddle to where all the boats are, there are the monkeys.

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A beautiful camping directly on the lake. You can not swim in the lake because of the crocodiles. But it has three pools and a slide. Showers, toilet and restaurant. We had macaws in the trees above our tent. There are monkeys on the islands in the lake. You can take a boat tour 500 pesos there or better rent kayaks and paddle there yourself. You just paddle to where all the boats are, there are the monkeys.

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This is our second time in La Jungla and we really like it. The place is great for kids, a couple of swimming pools, the lake, the birds... You can hear the monkeys. The owners are really nice and speak good English. 80 pppn and you can charge water (but it's better if you filter it first).

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This place is still open, even after the pandemic. We came in via moto. It’s def not a place for beginners if you’re on a bike. The owner was very friendly and seemed to care quite a bit about his guests. He treated us very kindly. Definitely recommend it

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Wow! One of our best spots in nature here in Mexico 👍we could stay for weeks there but we'd to organize our earlier shipment from Veracruz due the Corona spreading - so we had just two wonderful days in this little paradise; we saw and heard so many beautiful birds, also howler monkeys and saw a big 3m+ crocodile..so be careful when you go for swimming in the lake😏the road or better the nature, the jungle to get into is breathtaking; the price (80pesos per person and night) is really cheap for such a great location and benefits of hot showers and flushing toilets! We highly recommend this this wonderful and magical place! Perfect location to sit out the virus😉

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Lovely area to see monkeys and birds a real jungle feel right on the lagoon. The road in is not that bad we made it in with a 21ft/ 2.8high front wheel drive :)
A few vines hanging down but they won’t do any damage to your vehicle, it was raining when we arrived a little muddy but nothing to worry about, rec to come in daylight hours. Google maps coming from catemaco will take you to a closed gate keep going down the road a little further til you come to a sign on the right.....la jungla we posted a pic :)
Still 80 pesos per person. Bathrooms/ showers, pool and we also filled our rv up with water....you need your own hose. Boats available from the pontoon that will take you around the lagoon.
Great walking around the area to view more animals.

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Still 80 Pesos pppn. A wonderful place near the lake. You can see a lot of birds and monkeys on the campground. The road was a little wet when we arrived. But absolutely no problem for a 3,30 m high car. The Restaurant is o.k. if you like Hamburgers.

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Nice spot! no monkeys for us, but we could use the very nice kitchen! shower wasn't hot but very nice:)

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Nice safe, quiet place for a stopover. Super nice guy that runs it and speaks English. Has a great jungle feel and several areas to hang out and take a swim.

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Highly recommended, very nice spot I the jungle and very nice people. Antonio muchas gracias!

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Very nice place! And Antonio, Cecilia and Remy are very, very, very friendly. And they have two friendly German Shepherd dogs, Choco and Taco.
But.... this place is hard to reach with our truck. We're 3.65 high, 7.20 long and 2.50 wide. We managed it, but sometimes we needed to remove some branches and lianas. But it's worth to do it. It"s a wonderful place and we did see some monkeys and macaws. For our dog it was a paradise.

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Stayed 2 nights. Really cool little jungle site. Nice pools filled with spring water. Bathrooms are okay. Say tons of birds including a Tucan and some macaws. Paid 80per person per night. Not to hot in the evening this time of year!

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Nice secluded area right by the lake. Paid 160 pesos for two with a camper van. Shower was not working but Rémi, the very friendly owner, let us use the showers in one of the empty cabanas. Large pools with water slides, but not functional when we were there. The road to get there is quite narrow and bumpy, with hanging branches. Can be quite muddy after rainfall. No wifi but cel signal worked, although weak.

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Really a paradise!
But no hot showers for me, maybe it was out of gas right then.
Nice little restaurant and there’s beer, too :)

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Not much to ad, very nice must stay place for a Mexiko Road Trip! Thanks!

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Great place, 10/10, would return. Clean bathrooms, laundry/dish sink, pool was amazing with a fun slide. Macaws every morning and you can hear the howler monkeys in the distance. Walk back through the jungle early to catch other birds. We didn’t have any problem driving in with our 3m van, just take it slow. Large grassy area to camp, but there are a lot of shady areas, so be aware if you need solar. Owner speaks English, we didn’t get the WiFi when we were there. Slow telcel reception. Fantastic, spent three nights here, would have easily spent a few more. Paid 80 pesos per person, per night. Recommended.

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Very nice and friendly family that has this jungle campground. Small, lots of trees. From the main road it’s 1km through the jungle (bit scary if you arrive later because it’s so dark and many splits in the road but they all lead to the campground !).
Hot showers, cool animal noises and respective animals such as birds and monkeys. 80pp a night. No dump. Very very quiet and nice!!! Go take a look!!

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Fantastic place! Everything has already been said. I managed (VERY SLOWLY) to drive in, in a 25' Class C towing a car. I would not advise it for a vehicle 28 ft and longer. I should have driven the car in seperate. It's only 3/4 of a mile in. But everything was ok. I drove very slow with mirrors in and made it no problem. Road in is not great but it's a jungle road. Take care at the gate. There are rocks and some cement sticking out that could damage. Just be aware. There are a couple sharp turns but was able to swing wide. And also a couple of squeezes that has the soft leaves of the jungle rubbing. Lots of space to choose sun or shade. No height problems once at the camp. The drive in and out was worth it for the time I was there. I will be stopping in again on my way back. Cost 80 pesos/per day.

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The place is defenitely still open and it's beautiful! We enjoyed the stay there very much. A lot of birds around the camp including macaws.
NOTE: Google Maps first led us to a white closed gate, which is not the entry of the Jungla camp. If you're coming from Catemaco and see the gate, it is a little bit further down the street on your right handside. There's a sign with a crocodile. You have to drive quite a bit through the jungle until you get to the camp.

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La Jungla is still open . Never did close . Very friendly place . Grass campsites by the lake . Howler monkeys, macaws , toucans. Antonio is very friendly and helpful.

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This place is permanently closed.

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Camping fermé, je n'ai pas trop compris pourquoi; ça a l'air définitif.

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The previous comments about this place are more than accurate. It’s beautiful. It was a nice change of scenery to leave the beaches and be in a jungle environment. As far as jungle environment goes we didn’t have any problems with bugs. We walked through the woods and had eventful wildlife viewing in which we saw monkeys, an array of beautiful birds a large crocodile and a band of small mammals the locals called Tejón. We enjoyed Antonio’s company. He was very kind and talkative. 80MXN per person

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Very nice campground in the middle of the jungle. Toilets and showers are clean but not very modern. Very nice swimming pool with fresh spring water, good for a cool down on a hot day. The owner Antonio is very friendly and explained everything around (trees, birds,etc.). Many parrots (red macos) and several other animals around.

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The name „La Jungla“ fits very well! Nice setting between big trees on a grassy spot on the shore lake. Loads of wildlife around you as mentioned (macaws, orupendula, kingfisher, monkeys, etc.).
Flush toilets and showers, everything not really clean and definitely outdated but we’ve seen way worse in Mexico... Concrete pool with 2 slides (one looking a bit creepy with all the rust but friendly owner Antonio assured that they can be used 😊).

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Arrived just before sunset and not a single person around. When Antonio got home that evening he came and welcomed us. However by Saturday it was full! Amazingly no one was rude or up late partying.
We had a wonderful time and loved seeing the Montezuma oropendolas.
The pool with rope swing was a blast. I was hesitant to get in at first (doesn’t look the cleanest) but our family of four all did it and it was fun and refreshing.
We were not brave enough to swim in lake but four Germans did and no issues.
We also waved a boat down for a tour. It was a lot of money 800 pesos for our family of 4. I have mixed feelings. It was nice to be out on the lake but too much money.
Catemaco has everything you’d need but it is a drive and no restaurant or tienda on-site so I suggest bringing ample food.
Be prepared for how run down this place is though. It’s such a great spot but neither slide worked while we visited and it’s not the cleanest.

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What a magic place with all it’s sounds and sights especially at dusk and dawn! And Antonio, the owner, is a really nice guy and makes you feel very welcome. We flagged a boat down coming by and joined a tour (MEX$ 150 per person for about 2 hours; well worth it).

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This takes the first price for jungle experience. Peaceful, monkeys, parrots, clean lawn to camp on, hot showers

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All as described before, however you do not see the lake from the campground. You can place your camper close (5 to 10m) to the lake but you can not really see or access it directly because of dense vegetation. For that you need to go to the floating dock.

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Beautiful place to stay that could use a bit of maintenance. Would give a higher rating if they had internet. Showers were hot and bathrooms were pretty clean!

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This is a hidden gem, we pulled down the long muddy driveway on our motorcycle to find a nice open camp site. It is 80 pesos per person. Showers and toilets included, also a small selection of food and drinks for sale. There’s an outdoor pool and dock on the lake.

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Great quiet place to stay and relax. Camping in the jungle on a grassy field. As described the road is narrow and bumpy but ok. A lot animals around, we saw parrots and a coati around that spot. From the bridge down on the lake you can catch a boat to discover the nearby islands. There we saw howler monkeys, spider monkeys and even a kingfisher.

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A very very nice place in the jungle in front of the lake of Catemaco ! You can listen monkeys and see guacamayol !! it's wonderful.
Not the worth road that we have drive here in Mexico with our camper 4x2.
we recommand this place !

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I can recommend everybody to visit this spot. it's realy nice, quiet besides some natural jungle noises. the road to the entrance is not hard at all it's maybe 500 meter dirt road. every reasonable vehicle should come through it, also 2wd. 80 pesos a person. toilet and showers are maybe little outdated, but he we
are in mexico like every baños is outdated. 100 % worth the stay.

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This place would be good but now it's a place on grasses with tables.
The pool is not usable. No water no electricity no wifi but 400 pesos for a family !
The parrots are beautiful but it's so difficult to access just for parrots !

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Just as described, a jungle hide away! The entrance was a little tricky as the gps turn the "la jungla" turn was a little earlier than it was. Just keep driving and you will see the "la jungla" sign. From there you will drive through the jungle. It's bumpy but not as bad as we thought it would be. The pool was delightful (little water slide too) and the owner was all smiles and very welcoming. Showers are hot, but like everything else here, also buggy.

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Beautifull spot! Lot's of parrots and birds.

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Beautiful place with so many birds and monkeys. one of last intact pieces of rain forest around beautiful Lake Catemaco. Grass was mowed nicely and even though it's mid April, it cooled down really nicely at night. Came here in 24 ft RV. No problem with clearance. entrance road is bumpy and slow going but solid even after the rain. The fellows trying to scam you on the road, as noted below, are still there -2 sets so it must work for them sometimes. it's pretty half hearted attempt, just drive on through. well worth the effort to get here. Unique experience.

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Beautiful area, price of $80 per person, per night seems very fair.

Awesome place to kayak or sup. Flocks of Makaws flying overhead and in the trees, howler monkeys in the early AM.

The weather was nice while we were there, but I'd imagine it can get pretty hot in the summers...

We came in off the 145d from the West and were told by a man just outside of Tilapan that the road was impassable. He also seemed to want a ride in the opposite direction, so we told him we'd chance it. Shortly after, two guys tried to wave us over, but hadn't even looked at the two local rigs in front of us so we just waved and smiled innocently (my favorite tactic) and drove past.

The road was pretty rough up until about there, but actually became really nice not long after. Not sure what they were playing at, but it sounds like we're not the only ones to be messed with. The road is good and most everyone friendly. it's an awesome area.

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Drive trough the jungle and you will be there! Nice spot at the lake and in the middle of the jungle. The host is super friendly. You can camp on a grasy spot unter trees. Lot of birds to see (we had 3 Ara’s in the evening). Price is 80 pesps per people/night.

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Excellent forest retreat. The host is a great guy! Price is fair.
At the driveway, where you will see a sign for La Jungla, there are 2 roads going into the trees... Be sure to follow the one on the left. The gat may be closed and appear chained, but you should be able to remove the chain. Close after you pass through. The road will appear to branch off but those are just exit routes (probably for busier times, to alleviate traffic on the otherwise single-lane driveway). Any which way you choose goes to the campground.
We did it with a trailer 3.5 meters tall. The problem would be length... There are some turns and hills to navigate. Rigs longer than 9 meter will have trouble. Of course we touched the trees/bushes but no damage at all.

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Yes, we agree, it is a very nice spot. Scenic views, the waterslide is great and we enjoyed the pool. Owner very friendly. Showers/Toilets not cleaned for a very long time therefore we did not use them.

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Incredible place to stay! Just watch the entrance because google Maps may try to turn you in a bit earlier. No doubt, being overlanders, you'll drive a bit further and find the entrance. Personal note: we had some uniformed locals in Catemaco offer to escort us because of "road closures". Not saying that there hasn't been any recent closures but getting to this place without assistance was easy (along a sealed road). Follow the usual navigation from Catemaco, look for the signs La Jungla, take the road closest to the sign and just keep driving straight into the jungle after turning off. It goes in a fair way but keep going. Enjoy!

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Absolutely gorgeous! you Park in a grassy area next to the lagoon with trees surrounding you. there are toilets and showers in the camping area that are fine- a lot of bugs in the bathrooms but you're in the jungle! we saw macaws in the nearby trees and a huge pack of howler monkeys! the host Antonio is lovely and makes the stay so much nicer. the pools are older but refreshing and lovely, we went on the huge water slide- yeah it's old but it is ridiculously fun! we also saw a crocodile in the lagoon but Antonio said they're small and not big like in Australia 😉😉 haha! recommend highly! the dirt road in is fun but not as bad as others make it out to be, we did it in a 20ft 1985 RV with no problems even after a big rain. we filled up with water and plugged into the bathrooms with an extension lead! other overlanders here in a big vehicle with no tree clearance issues.

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Nice place, we are the only guests.the slide and some pools are old, but the area is nice, possible to make fire and listen to the birds and monkys.no internet, but telcel is working

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Big rig note: we made it with an 11m rig. Possible, but you have to ignore the scratchy noise on the side/roof when driving the 1km road. Challenge for rigs higher than 3.7m.

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easy access for 3.5 m.great for parrots & monkeys.antonio great host.

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Update: they do have hot showers ( in the bathroom in the big grassy area)

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This place is awesome. Wish we could have chilled here for two nights. I went swimming in the lake off the dock. I later saw a crocodile in the water but Anyonio said not to worry. The slide is in working condition if you're brave enough to go for it. The grounds are fantastic and there were a few cabins for rent for 1000/night, they looked well kept but we opted to stay in the camper for 80/per/night.

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superschöner Platz im Dschungel mit wunderschönen umherfliegenden Papageien , der Pool ist eine willkommene Abkühlung in der Schwüle

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The road into La Jungla is really rough, so not recommended for bigger rigs. Our Vanagon made it in with little trouble.

Your host here, Antonio, will let you park on his spacious and beautiful grounds where ever you like. He's also got good working English skills if your español is not so bueno. He also has some cervazas and cigaros for sale if you run out. Speaking of running out of crucial supplies, if you're running low on water ask Antonio if you can tap his crystal clear spring.

Beautiful and magical spot.

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This place is great! Antonio is nice and helpful. 80 pesos per person. The 179 highway and potholes that were talked about in the previous post have either been repaired or greatly overstated. We drove cautiously and didn't see a sketchy bridge and made it from the 245D to Santiago in about an hour.

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- 80 pesos per person
- cold showers, flushing toilets (no toilet seats, as per usual)
- very nice location in lush vegetation
- lake, concrete pool and slide, tobogan (looks abandoned and quite dangerous)
- the road to the campground leads through a dense jungle - would be tricky for anything higher than 3 m (but is quite fun, especially at night)
- you can see all kinds of animals here if you are lucky, we saw an armadillo, dozens of birds and a pack of hawler monkeys (one of them visited us at night, rocking the van as it tried to get inside, probably smelling something interesting)
- DO NOT TAKE MEX179 TO GET HERE, the road is practically non-existent (December 3rd 2013), potholes the size of your wheel, sometimes completely washed away, very dangerous looking bridge, etc.

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Beautiful place in the green right on the lagoon. 80Pesos/Person with showers, toilets. Access from the main road (which is also not rosy), the vegetation quite deep. With our 2.4m high vehicle no problem. From 3m you will probably strip the occasional shrub.

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Fantastic campsite in the jungle overlooking the lake. We saw toucans and howler monkeys in the morning. Small restaurant with delicious hamburgers, natural swimming pools and water slides with spring water. It is also a great destination for a day trip (50 pesos / day / person). Access through the jungle is very narrow and bumpy!

(Normally 80 pesos / day / person, but because the shower house was renovated and was not available, we have only 60 pesos / day / person paid)

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