August 22, 2008
Explore Cancun’s Amazing Wildlife and Majestic Nature
Cancun is one of those few places where we can find nature's richness and diversity at its best. Through its reefs, mangroves and jungles, taking some time off the beach to explore wildlife is an essential part of every trip to Cancun, which offers a unique glimpse at fabulous sceneries under the waters and above where you can be in direct contact with wildlife.
In the jungles surrounding Cancun, you can go in search of one of the most admired animals by the Mayans: the jaguar. You can be part of a new expedition playing tribute to the habitat of this great feline. The tour offers activities such as snorkeling, exploring Mayan sites and camping on immaculate protected areas.The Yucatan Peninsula is top on the list of ideal sites for bird watching. Currently, of the 1,062 species known in Mexico, 537 are registered here where you can see flamingos, the Toh bird and colorful toucans, among other species.
In Cancun waters lies the Mesoamerican Reef system which is 225 million years old, and extends more than 700 miles from the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula to the islands of Honduras and is home to more than 500 species of fish and 65 coral species.
According to Emilio Reyner, Public Relations Director for the Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau, "The comforts of luxury accommodations coexist with the beauty of nature in one place. Cancun offers more alternatives than any other place in the Caribbean for all lifestyles. We invite you to discover the best of nature like never before."
Several hotels encourage visitors to contribute to the preservation of turtles that arrive each year to the coasts of Cancun to nest along the shore. Also, tourists can help thousands of blue crabs to migrate each year from the Nichupte lagoon and wetlands, across Cancun's hotel zone to lay their eggs in the coast.
Just 20 minutes from Cancun, there is one of the most famous crocodile farms where iguanas, coaties, snakes, deers, parrots and macaws can be seen in their natural habitat. Additionally, the botanical garden of Puerto Morelos is home to over 250 species of animals and exuberant flora, such as La Ceiba, the sacred Mayan tree.