Los manglares ecosistemas diversos y vitales

México es uno de los países con mayor diversidad biológica, y los manglares son uno de los ecosistemas más importantes. En la península de Yucatán se encuentra el 55% de los manglares que hay en el país, los manglares de México son de los más extensos del mundo.

Los manglares proporcionan refugio y alimento a diversas especies de flora y fauna, algunas como; la tortuga casquito, el cocodrilo de rio, la gaceta roja, la iguana rayada, entre más especies. Son de los principales lugares donde muchas aves migratorias llegan o están de paso durante su migración.

Entre muchos de los beneficios que traen los manglares, dos de los más importantes, es servir como un filtro natural, ayudando a generar alimento para animales y permitiendo el desarrollo de la vida. El segundo es; fungir como una barrera contra huracanes, los árboles y raíces frenan las olas, haciendo que estas disminuyan su velocidad y potencia de impacto. No solo protegen las costas, también le generan un ahorro al gobierno mexicano en protección e infraestructura en temporada de huracanes.

Cada vez más estos ecosistemas tan importantes para la flora, fauna y personas que habitan cerca, se ven amenazados por los cambios climáticos, granjas camaroneras, construcción de resorts  y hoteles.

Safe Snorkeling Cozumel

Snorkeling by glass bottom boat here

All our tours are operated in glass bottom boats so you will be able to admire all the magnificent marine life from the surface. Caribbean water is so clear, that colors simply will astound you! 

(2 hour tour) 3 reefs close to town: Villablanca, Paraiso and Dzul-Ha

Make your day with an outstanding Glass Bottom Boat Snorkel trip! Feel totally safe, comfortable and amused on board a shady boat while delight an exciting ride just beneath your feet.

The ride to the snorkel site takes only a few minutes. Once we arrive and before entering the water, your guide will provide instructions on the use of your equipment, as well as safety measures. Remember, the snorkel tube is yours now!!!

For those who prefer to stay on the boat while others are in the water, they can enjoy the sun and breeze on the upper deck of the boat. with a soda, purified water or beer available for everybody.

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The Lion fish beautiful but a lethal problem in the Mexican Caribbean

This venomous species is original of the Western Pacific and Oceania, and has become a significant problem in the Mexican Caribbean waters. This fish its highly appreciated in aquariums and for human consume, where responsible from selling it to aquariums, restaurants and pets shops allowed its propagation in oceans where they don´t belong. Other theory about how they arrived to Caribbean waters is that their migration is originated from natural phenomena causes (hurricanes and underwater corrients).

In the Mexican Caribbean it haves become a big problem that needs solution. The Lion fish are venomous and have big thorns that help it to defend themselves from other fishes. The characteristics of the Lion fish makes it a dangerous rival for the original species of the Caribbean.

The Lion fish eat the coral of the reef and that’s the big problem about it, and also that they don’t have a predator, so its population is growing.

A lot of experts considerate it as one of the biggest environmental problems in all the Caribbean. The reefs and coral are the home and power supply; if the population of the lionfish keeps growing it will became a serious problem for the other species.

There is only one real threat for the lion fish: humans. Its fishing is allowed and actually its considerate a taste fishing.

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More than beauty the protectors for all

The reefs, the home to many kind of fishes and bigger animals like turtles, rays and sharks etc. The reef has big importance to environment and all the animals, it’s not only a beautiful place where a lot of animals are swimming its place where the animals hunt, sleep and protect from the different dangers to the circle of life has.

For the persons, it has and equal importance. In Cozumel, there are a gorgeous reefs their plays an important work to the economy, a lot tourist come to visit Cozumel to know their beautiful reefs. And all so they protect the coast and the beaches from the waves and the underwater currents.

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La Dama de Cozumel “La Diosa Ixchel”

Mucho se habla y se menciona de las golondrinas que en un tiempo volaban y surcaban el cielo de Cozumel, reflejadas por la luz de la luna sobre las aguas cristalinas del caribe mexicano, dominado por los mayas en aquellas épocas cuando la diosa Ixchel reinaba sobre la isla de Cuzamil, brindando fertilidad y abrigo a los peregrinos que acudían en su ayuda.

Ixchel diosa de la luna, el amor, medicina y textiles, es representada como una mujer de edad avanzada o también como una mujer joven y hermosa, sus representaciones varían dependiendo de las fases lunares.

Cuzamil era su isla sagrada, en donde se ubica “San Gervasio” el lugar ceremonial donde se encuentra uno de los templos más sagrados, es ahí donde se le rendía culto. De puerto pole (hoy xcaret), salían las canoas en la travesía de peregrinación para rendirle tributo y pedir el favor de la diosa. Actualmente la ceremonia de peregrinación se sigue llevando a cabo.

Los peregrinos iban en búsqueda del oráculo de Ixchel para pedir diferentes cosas; las mujeres buscaban ser favorecidas con la fertilidad para poder darles hijos varones a sus esposos, las mujeres mayas estaban obligadas a ir al menos una vez en su vida. Ixchel también estaba relacionada con la lluvia, por lo tanto los agricultores pedían lluvias para los cultivos.

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Parque Punta Sur

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Nature reserve in Isla Cozumel

For the price of admission to this ecotouristic park, you can visit a lighthouse, a small nautical museum and a Maya ruin. About 10 minutes away by car is an observation tower where you can see migratory birds and possibly crocodiles. The park area offers a beach with a shallow reef, a restaurant and three midday boat tours to Laguna Colombia. You’ll need your own vehicle or you can sing for a Private Island Tour to get here with a personal driver-guide.

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El Cedral

cedral-1-2Archaeological site in Isla Cozumel

This Maya ruin, a fertility temple, is the oldest on the island. It’s the size of a small house and has no ornamentation. El Cedral is thought to have been an important ceremonial site; the small church standing next to the tiny ruin today is evidence that the site still has religious significance for locals.

The village of El Cedral is 3km west of Carretera Costera Sur. The turnoff is near Km 17, across from the Alberto’s Restaurant sign. Look for the white-and-red arch.

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