Selva Lacandona contains part of the Grijalva-Usumacinta watershed, Mexico’s largest, which is 11,550,700 hectares and drains 85 trillion m3 of water on average every year.
Montes Azules is found within the Lacantún River Basin. This river, along with the Jataté and Lacanjá rivers, form the reserve’s natural borders. Within the reserve there are several different bodies of waters, originating from soluble limestone hollows fed by subterranean water creating these lakes in karstic hollows.
A lagoon complex, made up of the following lagoons, is located in the northern part of the reserve: Laguna Ojos Azules, Laguna Yanqui, Laguna Ocotal and Laguna El Suspiro (García-Gil y Lugo 1992). The largest lagoons are Laguna Miramar (7.906 ha) and Lacanjá (1.030 ha) and they are located in the midwestern and northwestern portion of the reserve.
The Lacanja is located inside the “Reserva de la Biósfera Montes Azules” established in 1978 in Chiapas, Mexico, near the border with Guatemala. This reserve covers part of the Lacandon Jungle, covering 331,200 hectares, only one fifth of the original rainforest in Chiapas, where live the Lacandon Maya, the original indigenous group of the area and that holds the title to most of the lands in Montes Azures.
Lago Lacanjá has an elevation of 265 meters above sea level. It is also known as Laguna Lacanja, Laguna Lacanja Chansayab, Laguna Lacanjá, Laguna Lacanjá Chansayab.
Since 1992 the Lacantun Reserve includes also the Classic Maya archeological sites of Yaxchilan and Bonampak.
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