The Yucatan peninsula is famous worldwide for its Mayan heritage and the numerous remnants of their splendor. But centuries of history of this outstanding civilization have eclipsed the wild side of a region that hosts an extraordinary diversity of species and that treasures one of the last essential wilderness in Mexico: the Mayan Jungle, a vast track of forest that is accounted as the second largest extension of tropical forest in the Western Hemisphere and recognized worldwide as the one of the cores of the Mesoamerican hotspot.
Moreover, Yucatan hosts one of the biggest unexplored wildernesses on Earth: the underground system of freshwater channels that arise on surface creating the cenotes. In addition, numerous ecosystems are found in the peninsula, each one hosting a treasure of biodiversity. Nesting colonies of flamingos are found in vast wetlands and mangroves that burst with other birdlife –over 540 species of birds can be found in Yucatan–. Manatees float in the coastal lagoons formed by the Mesoamerican Reef, largest in the Atlantic and second largest in the world and an explosion of marine life. Pristine white sand beaches limit the end of the thick lowland jungle that is home for howler monkeys, tapirs, anteaters and the biggest abundance and diversity of wild felines in the country –accounting all species in Mexico except the bobcat—, and above all, the hidden presence of the magnificent jaguar, the iconic top predator of the region.
No matter what your preference is, Yucatan offers a variety of choices to get immersed in wild nature. WILD 9 tours will be posted in this site in the upcoming months and will offer the delegates the opportunity to combine their hard work with some wild experiences in the heart of the Mayan region!
THE LAND OF BALAM
AN ENDLESS PINK
Jaguars and Mayan temples in Calakmul Biosphere Reserve
The flamingos of Celestun and Rio Lagartos Biosphere Reserves
THE UNTAMED WETLANDS
The flooded wilderness of Pantanos de Centla Biosphere Reserve
WHERE THE SKY IS BORN
The Caribbean meets the Mayan jungle at Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve
The unexplored wilderness of the Mayan underworld