Duration: 10 days
Language: English and Spanish
See the highlights of the beautiful wildlife in Mexico. Mexico is rich of some remarkable animals that live in the jungles, waters or land. There is the gigantic whale shark that passes the waters of Isla Holbox, Isla Contoy and Isla Mujeres to feed on plankton from May to September.
Other amazing animals that can be found here are:
During this tour, you will get in touch with the stunning nature, which is the natural habitat of all these wonderful creatures. Experience it with your own eyes! Wildlife is waiting for you!
You will be welcomed by your guide in Cancun. Because of the travelling, we will only give you a quick introduction about the program and other important stuff. Of course when questions arise, you can always ask the guide as he is happy to answer them. The guide that will be with you for this week is a professional guide, who knows everything about the wildlife, nature and culture in Mexico. This guide will make sure you will have a safe and amazing experience. Overnight in Cancun.
This day you will be spending your time swimming with the largest fish in the world, the whale shark. This fish is mostly around 20-40 feet large, but is completely harmless. This beautiful animal can be seen from mid-May until mid-September, to feed on plankton in the waters of Isla Holbox, Isla Contoy and Isla Mujeres. Once we find them, you will have the unique opportunity to snorkel with them. We, EcoColors, are the pioneers of Cancun in operating Whale Shark tours. We have a lot of experience and provide the best guides. Overnight in Cancun.
We leave from Marina La Amada, were we will go on a boat with a maximum of 10 person. We will go near Isla Contoy and once we find them the guide will each time take two people into the water. We only take two people for safety reasons and also to minimize the impact it has on the Whale Shark. We do not want to disturb or distract them by jumping in the water with 10 people at the same time. So the guide will take two people per jump and watch them while they enjoy observing this beautiful animal.
You will have enough opportunities to see the whale sharks as you can go in the water multiple times. When we see whale sharks we will stop the boat a bit further than the whale shark is at the moment, because otherwise this large animal will be in the distance before you get in the water. This is a great experience as you can see the animal from the front and then see it swim by.
As mentioned earlier, we have a lot of experience, and we have been blessed to swim with the whale sharks. Whale sharks are very passive fish, and are not at all harmful to humans, on the contrary they seem to become curious to humans swimming with them, as they come and visit the Mexican Caribbean once a year. This is also why we respect the animal. Therefore, nobody is allowed to harm, touch, irritate or get in the way of the fish as they make their way around us. We will be happy sharing this beautiful experience with you.
Enjoy swimming with turtles in their natural habitat and snorkel in the second largest reef in the world. All this will take place in a natural protected area, Akumal, which is Mayan for ¨place of the Turtles¨. Akumal is a little beach community located 75 miles/120 km south of Cancun along Mexico’s Caribbean Coast. Akumal is the home to many animals like the marine turtles, but you can also spot some rays, cuttlefish, crabs and many colorful fish. After this beautiful experience, you will go visit a cenote (sinkhole), were you will have the possibility to swim in the beautiful clear waters. The rest of the afternoon you will be spending in Tulum. Overnight in Tulum.
As the water is really shallow you are able to see them from up close. These animals are incredible to watch. You can watch them eating the grass and from time to time they swim to the surface to breathe, since they are not fish. These animals are beautiful and also for this day out we apply the same rule that nobody may harm, touch or irritate them. But that will be no problem, since you will be so fascinated when you see them.
Start the day with bird watching. After spotting all different sorts of birds, you continue to the jaguar camp, where you go on a search for the largest cat in the Americas: the jaguar. This tour takes you deep into the jungle, where you also can encounter other wildlife, such as deer, tapirs and other small mammals. After dinner, there will be an adventurous night hike, where you have the chance to see insects and small mammals. Overnight on camp.
Jaguars are special and rare animals, since it is near threatened with extinction. Once ranging throughout the North and South Americas, it has been pushed further and further south until it is no longer seen in Canada, while it’s nearly gone from the USA. Despite the decreasing numbers, this beautiful animal can still be found in the dense jungle reserves of Mexico. We are very happy to have them around, and are therefore very pleased on protecting them.
Start the day with bird watching in the Jaguar Camp or an early hike in search of Jaguars and other wildlife such as birds and small mammals, followed up by a visit to the cave of Kantemo. In this cave, like nowhere else on earth, boa constrictors have adapted to hang from the ceiling and snatch bats as they take flight at dusk. At night you go cycle through the stunning jungle of Kantemo. You end up at a lake where you continue on a canoe on the search of Crocodiles. After this impressive night you return back to your hotel. Overnight in Kantemo.
In Mayan language, Sian Ka’an means ‘Origin of the Sky’. Located on the east coast of the Yucatán peninsula, this biosphere reserve exists of tropical forests, mangroves and marshes, as well as a large marine section intersected by a barrier reef. It provides a habitat for a remarkably rich flora and a fauna comprising more than 300 species of birds, as well as a large number of terrestrial vertebrates.
The snakes in the cave of Kantemo have a special technique to catch their prey the bat. Hundreds of snakes, if not thousands, adapted to the eternal darkness, waiting for their prey to fly out of the cave. They are simply waiting until the sun goes down and the bats are starting to fly out for feeding. Over one hundred bats per second leave the cave. When this is happening the snakes hang down from the ceiling and catch their prey.
The snakes usually manage to get a prey quick. As soon as they grabbed the bat with their mouth, they roll themselves around the fragile body of the bat and quickly end the struggle. Then the actual struggle starts, a usually much longer struggle: swallowing the bat which is much bigger than the snakes open mouth. It is really fascinating to see this natural event taking place.
This day will be more about culture, since we will visit the beautiful archeological site Chichen Itza. However we go early in the morning to spot birds. When visiting Mexico, this is one of the things you should not miss out on. Chichen Itza is announced as one of the Modern Seven Wonders of the World and is the most visited Mayan City of entire Mexico. So let our guide take you to this stunning site and have a once in a lifetime experience. Near Chichen Itza is also a cenote, where there is the possibility to take a nice swim in the clear fresh water. Overnight in Valladolid.
Chichen Itza which means “at the mouth of the well of Itza “, is the 2nd most visited archeological site of Mexico today. The Kukulkan Pyramid in Chichen-Itza which known as “El Castillo” (the castle), is one of the new seven wonders of the world elected in 07.07.2007 and is exactly 24 meters high considering the upper platform. Unfortunately this pyramid cannot be climbed, since it is forbidden nowadays.
El Castillo has 365 steps—which is symbol for one for each day of the year. Each of the temple’s four sides has 91 steps, and the top platform makes the 365th. Devising a 365-day calendar was just one feat of Maya science. In addition to this, twice a year on the spring and autumn equinoxes, a shadow falls on the pyramid in the shape of a snake. As the sun sets, this shadowy snake descends the steps to eventually join a stone serpent head at the base of the great staircase up the pyramid’s side. It is unbelievable what the Maya´s were capable of, and this is what makes this site interesting.
Today get ready to see some amazing wildlife in the Rio Lagartos biosphere reserve. This is the main natural habitat of many beautiful flamingos, birds, and crocodiles. To be more specific, there are 395 species of birds live and visit here. Also it is the breeding site for the Yucatan’s flock of 40,000 Flamingos. We have flamingos here all year! Moreover the coastline of the Bio Reserve is the third most important breeding site for sea turtles worldwide. Also there is a large salt-water lake, las coloradas, where you can rejuvenate your skin with the salty water and mineral mud. Overnight in Valladolid.
Despite the name Rio (river), Rio Lagartos is not truly a river, but a salt water estuary. This salt harvesting lagoons has waters so dense, that you float like a cork. The rose colored water is the result of the tiny marine microorganisms. As the water in the salt ponds evaporates, the concentration of this microorganisms increases and the water becomes redder. These tiny organisms are a main food source for Flamingos.
Rio Lagartos has the densest concentration of Flamingos in Mexico, with an incredible number of 43.000. In the mating season: May, June and July, you can see a lot of flamingos. The tiny organisms as mentioned above are high in beta carotene. These magnificent animals gain their color from eating the Beta Carotene.
Rio Lagartos means ´´Alligator River´´. A small number of the once-numerous crocodiles, that gave the town its name, can also be found in this lively area.
Visit the impressive archaeological site of Coba and Tulum, one of the amazing Mayan cities that played an important role in the Yucatan Peninsula. Here, you can experience the real culture and traditions. This place is great to visit and discover more about life in these historic attractions and landmarks. Overnight in Tulum
Spend an amazing day watching the most impressive places and travel to another time, refresh yourself jumping to crystalline water and swim in the sacred cenotes, where the ancient maya had special rituals for their gods and goddesses, feel the adrenaline of a place with no end and enjoy a sunny day in company of your family and friends.
As you know, most of the amazing Maya cities have amazing things to see, but in this particular case the archaeological site of Tulum has a special magic to appreciate. Imagine a landscape with turquoise water, white brilliant sand and majestic ancient buildings over an impressive cliff.
Also, you will have the chance to take amazing pictures of iguanas posing for you, yes, iguanas posing for your pictures as they take their sun bathes. Your guide will be explaining about thousand years of history and how this Mayan town used to live in this amazing paradise and pass through storms and other interesting events.
After this amazing visit, you can chill and refresh yourself at the beach in order to get ready to go back to Cancun where you can have a delicious dinner and rest for the flight back home. (Overnight at Cancun)
You got the great opportunity to experience Mexico´s wildlife, nature and also a bit of the culture. You have seen the beautiful animals that live in our country, some more rare than others, and we hope that this was a trip never to forget!
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