Eco Travel Mexico » Blog » Mexican dishes that we love and you should try…
EcoColors Tours already has more than 18 years of experience running whale shark adventure tours! This great adventure departs daily from Cancun during the whale shark season (May to September.)**
The whale sharks come to the waters surrounding Isla Mujeres, Contoy and Holbox to feed on plankton where the Caribbean Sea meets the Gulf of Mexico. You will have the remarkable opportunity to swim and snorkel with the gentle giant, in an area teaming with sea life.
All our boats have a limit of 10 people. You will have a certificated and professional guide. He/She is a naturalist and biologist and knows everything about the area and the whale sharks!
For a preview of this great tour take a look at our whale shark video now! WHALE SHARK VIDEO NOW!
** Note: It is important to know that we cannot controle nature, so we can NOT guarantee the snorkeling with the whale sharks nor the sightings. The whale sharks come to the waters near Cancun to feed on plankton, but when there is no/not much plankton there are no/a few whale sharks. We recommend to make your reservation between mid-June to August since there is a higher possibility to see whale sharks.
Pick-up at your hotel in Cancun (6:00 am Playa del Carmen and 5:00 am Tulum **If you are in Tulum area we will pick you at our meeting point which is the “San Francisco de Asis” Supermarket, we suggest that you pre order your cab/taxi the night before in order to arrive on time to “San Francisco de Asis” Supermarket, where we pick you up to take you to the marina, the cost of the cab/taxi is on your own, the tour does not include that cab/taxi service**).
We will have an informative briefing at Marina la Amada now named V & V. Our certified guides will provide you with interesting information about the whale sharks and the area’s ecosystems. During the briefing there will be coffee, juice, fruit and granola bars present.
We depart from Marina V & V, to the whale shark reserve in the waters of Isla Contoy. Once we find them, you will have the unique opportunity to snorkel with the biggest fish in the world.
Lunch time on the boat just off the coast of Isla Mujeres, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world (Condé Nast 2013) where you can go down to swim in the turquoise waters.
We arrive at the marina’s pier, where our comfortable vans will be waiting for you to return you to your hotel.
Expected arrival back at your hotel in Cancun. (3:00 pm Playa del Carmen and 4:00 pm Tulum)
1. How big is the whale shark?
The most common whale sharks seen in the Mexican Caribbean are usually from 20-40 feet, it is the biggest fish in the sea!
2. Are whale sharks harmful?
Whale sharks are very passive fish, and are not at all harmful to humans, on the contrary they seem to become curious when humans are swimming with them, as they come and visit the Mexican Caribbean once a year.
3. Is it dangerous to swim with whale sharks?
No, it is absolutely safe to swim with whale sharks. They are very calm fish; they swim slowly through the sea. They only eat plankton, which can found in the surface of the ocean.
4. Am I harming the environment by swimming with whale sharks?
No, you are not. Swimming with whale sharks with EcoColors Tours is done in a very eco-friendly manner. We follow strict regulations when swimming with them, with a no touching and diving policy. To them, humans in the water will appear as other creatures of the sea and as long as you give them their space, we can all enjoy each other’s company!
5. Can I touch the whale sharks?
Although whale sharks are not harmful to humans, we do not want to irritate the creatures as they peacefully swim in the oceans. Therefore nobody is allowed to harm, touch or get in the way of the fish as they make their way around us.
6. Can I dive with whale sharks?
Diving with whale sharks in the area where EcoColors does the tour is not permitted. Only snorkeling is allowed.
7. Do I need to wear a life jacket?
Yes, unless you have a wetsuit which keeps you afloat, everybody will be asked to wear a life jacket for safety and precautions.
8. Can I bring my own wetsuit?
Of course! Any personal gear for the water can be brought, as long as it does not take up other people’s space on the boats and also as long as it is not diving gear. Is important for customers to know that the thickness of the wetsuit should be a minimum of 3mm.
9. Is there any way that I can prevent getting sea sick? And do you provide medication for it?
We do not sell any preventative or medicinal treatment before or during the tour. We do advise though that if you fear that you may be seasick or would simply like to prevent it, then consult your doctor and bring some prescribed medicine along with you. Take one pill (advised by your doctor) 30 minutes before boarding the boats. We would also like to state that EcoColors Tours offers Ginger tea, which are known to reduce the nausea of sea motion.
10. What happens if we do not see whale sharks?
As mentioned in the information, we cannot control nature and therefore EcoColors Tours does NOT guarantee the snorkeling with the whale sharks nor the sightings. The whale sharks come to the waters near Cancun to feed on plankton, however when there is no/few food (plankton) there simply are no/not many whale sharks. We offer the Whale Shark Tour from mid-May to Mid-September, but we strongly recommend to make your reservation between mid-June to August since there is a higher possibility to see whale sharks.
11. How can I help with the researching and preservation of the whale shark?
If you would like to contribute to the research and protection of this incredible animal, there are various local NGOs in Cancun. For more information please contact EcoColors Tours at firstname.lastname@example.org
12. Why booking with Ecocolors tours?
If you have any further question or doubt, don’t hesitate to contact us at (998) 884 36 67 and we will gladly answer your question.
BOOK NOW $ 165.00 USD ($ 2,735.00 MXN)
BOOK NOW $ 175.25 USD ($ 2,892.00 MXN)
BOOK NOW $ 143.65 USD ($ 2,370.50 MXN)
Let’s give you a hint of the Mexican favorites and then you will probably know what to expect…
In our humble opinion, you definitely have to try some of the amazing dishes we present here. So when you spend some time chillin’ in Mexico, don’t forget to ask for this:
Tacos are made with soft, corn tortillas that are laid flat and topped with meat or different stews you can pick from, chopped onion, coriander and salsas (sauces with different ingredients in it, but really spicy and good if you like chiles).
Quesadillas are soft flour tortillas filled with cheese and different stews. They are great for lunch or dinner. (Mexican people love quesadillas for breakfast)
Empanadas are served in different varieties all over the world. Here in Mexico, they are stuffed with cheese and meat of your own choice. The dough is fried and made with nixtamal flour to be served with salty cheese and salsa on top.
The base of enchiladas is corn tortillas dipped in enchilada sauce, which can be mole, green tomato sauce, etc. then stuffed with chicken or meat, rolled up, placed in a casserole dish, layered with sauce, cheese, and cream and topped with chopped onions or crumbled white cheese.
Okay, it isn’t food… its beer. We learn in Mexico that beer is as good as a steak. So if you want to drink a nice different beer style you will need lime, coarse salt, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, Tabasco sauce, black pepper, Maggi seasoning, and (a dark) Mexican beer.
Frijoles Charros is a red bean soup, with ham, sausage, tomatoes and onion. The thing is a little bit spicy but goes perfectly with a cold beer and tortilla chips.
This is a sauce made with a lot of ingredients: mulato chiles, pasilla chiles, ancho chiles, Mexican chocolate, garlic, black pepper, cinnamon, raisins, cloves, peppercorns, almonds, anise seeds, coriander seeds, pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds. The sauce is served over chicken or pork. It can be really spicy, it depends on the chiles. We also recommend a beer to compliment your perfect Mexican meal.
We think you probably know guacamole already, it’s mostly served with tortilla chips. If you want to make your own guacamole you will need: avocados (very yummy ones), chopped onion, coriander, salt, lime juice and chopped tomato. You can use the onions and tomatoes if you want, the good thing about guacamole is that you can always create a twist of the classic version. And again… you will need a cold beer with a touch of lime to enjoy the amazing avocado flavor.
So you know the whole truth… Mexican beer is the perfect beverage to accomplish your meals and well, hope you can try at least one of this delicious dishes.
– Chantal van den Boogaert
The best tours in Mexico, we offer the whale shark tour, swim with turtles tour, the monarch butterfly tour, bull shark diving tour, white shark tour, Sian Kaan tour, Holbox tour and much more!