Outdoor Activities & Ecotourism in the majestic Isla Mujeres.
Today, one of the favorite attractions for ecotourism in the Riviera Maya is Isla Mujeres, since it has currently established itself as one of the most ecological destinations in the world, protector of all the species that inhabit the area
So, if you are on vacations in the Caribbean, do not miss the opportunity to visit this incredible place, while contributing to the preservation of these wonderful natural environments. Read on and discover why Isla Mujeres is the ideal place to do ecotourism!
All the parks and conservation areas in Isla Mujeres, as well as being treasures of diversity and pure beauty, play a crucial role in the conservation of the natural ecosystems of the Riviera Maya. Here are the most important!
Costa Occidental National Park of Isla Mujeres, Punta Cancún & Punta Nizuc.
The Costa Occidental National Park of Isla Mujeres is home to the second largest barrier reef in the world, measuring more than 8,000 hectares in length and forming part of the “Great Belt of Reefs of the Western Atlantic”.
In addition, this national park with crystal clear turquoise waters provides protection to a wide variety of corals and marine species, which you can observe closely while diving or snorkeling. And if that wasn’t enough, it houses an incredible underwater museum that you can’t miss!
Área Natural Protegida Isla Contoy:
With an area of almost 9 km long and an area of just 230 hectares, this small island in the Mexican Caribbean constitutes a Protected Natural Area that belongs to the municipality of Isla Mujeres.
This island is intended to be a sanctuary for birds and a great diversity of marine fauna, including turtles in danger of extinction. Currently, with the help of the “Amigos de Isla Contoy A.C.” foundation, this national park welcomes hundreds of tourists who want to visit this natural sanctuary. However, it should be mentioned that access to this natural park is only by sea and given the conditions of the park, no one can inhabit it.
Ecotourism activities in Isla Mujeres:
Next, we suggest the 3 best activities to enjoy the nature of Isla Mujeres while traveling responsibly:
This aquarium and conservation area protects three different species of sea turtles. It is ideal to visit with children, since workshops are offered where they will learn about the care of this endangered species. Also, if you are lucky, you will be able to participate in the turtle releasing that takes place every year.
Cave of the sleeping sharks:
Don’t miss the opportunity to observe these magnificent creatures! While diving you can visit this cave under the sea, where sharks are resting on the sand as if they were asleep.
Kayakismo en Playas Blue Flag:
The beaches of Isla Mujeres have Blue Flag certification that guarantees excellent environmental management, so if you want to enjoy them we suggest you go kayaking, because this transport does not emit noise that can disturb marine animals or use fuel that can pollute.
Tips to take care of the environment while you are in Isla Mujeres.
If you decide to visit Isla Mujeres, we present you 5 tips to be a responsible ecotourist:
Use ecological sunscreen because its chemicals damage coral reefs.
Respect the environment and surroundings.
Avoid throwing the garbage anywhere as animals can mistake it for food and have an accident.
Consume local products and contribute to the local economy.