Isla Contoy is a little island in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, approximately 30 kilometers north of Isla Mujeres. The island is just 8.5 kilometers in length and also has a location of 3.17 square kilometers. Considering that 1961, Isla Contoy is protected by the Mexican federal government as well as was started a national park in February 1998. The island is jointly run by the Isla Mujeres-based non-governmental company, Amigos de Isla Contoy A.C., and also the Secretary of Atmosphere, Natural Resources, and also Fishing. Managed eco-tourism and also managed business fishing are allowed on as well as near the island. Only a few excursion companies have the approval to bring just a maximum of 200 daily site visitors to Isla Contoy. Visitors require to apply for permission to go to the island at the park workplaces in Isla Mujeres or Cancún. Four species of turtle find a safe house for nesting on the beaches of the island, particularly the loggerhead turtle, Eco-friendly turtle, Hawksbill turtle, and also the leatherback turtle. The get is also a refuge to approximately 152 exotic marine birds, like the frigate bird, brown pelican, and the double-crested cormorant
Developed in February 1998, the park rangers protect 230 hectares of land and 4900 hectares of its marine section.
The island is home to 98 varieties of plants. One of the most important groups are mangroves, coastal dunes, lowland rainforest, and also coconut palms.
Contoy shields 173 sorts of aquatic birds, 14 varieties of reptiles, about 250 types of fish, shellfishes, and threatened marine turtles.
Coral reef system
Situated in the southern part of the island, “Ixlaché” reef belongs to the second-largest barrier reef worldwide after Australia’s Great Barrier Coral reef.
SCENIC TOUR DESCRIPTION
Get ready to visit 2 of one of the most gorgeous islands in the Mexican Caribbean: Isla Mujeres as well as Isla Contoy.
Beginning this trip departing from Cancun. Set out aboard among our watercraft to the main dock in Isla Mujeres, where you will certainly have a cost-free hour to discover the island.
Your following quit will certainly go to Ixlaché coral reef. Learn from a specialist overview regarding the wonders hidden below the blue waters of the Caribbean, from vibrant marine fauna to vegetations that is necessary for the well-being of the earth.
Continue your experience to Isla Contoy. Listen in the process as you might detect sea turtles, stingrays, and also dolphins.
When you have reached the island, you’ll get in the Isla Contoy National Forest, and also you’ll be just one of the lucky site visitors, as the park only enables 200 people daily. Its only occupants are biologists and scientists that investigate to aid protect the types that live there. Because of this, just a minimal number of visitors are enabled.
You’ll see the shallows, watch seabirds, check out secret flows with our licensed guides, or, if you favor, loosen up on the lovely virgin coastline and also swim in the turquoise waters. Visiting this natural paradise is an unbelievable experience. Its exclusivity integrates experience and education to give you a memorable memory of your check out to Mexico.
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