Isla Cerritos was once a Mayan trading port and is now a bird sanctuary and protected Mayan site
The Island beach near San Felipe
Isla Cerritos is a small island that was once the major trading port for the city of Chichen Itza. Here salt produced in the estuary was traded for goods from all over Central America. There was a 1000 ft breakwall (still visible under water) that protected an estimated 300 trading canoes.There were 29 structures. Now overgrown, the island is a rookery for Frigates,Cormorants,Pelicans and sometimes Woodstorks and Spoonbills. It is a protected wildlife refuge and also a protected historical site .We are not permitted on the island but can approach closely with a boat. There always hundreds of birds here and sometimes turtles and Manta Rays can be seen.
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The mangroves are extremely important in combating climate change. They absorb 3 to 5 times as much Co2 as many dry forests and without them as the nurseries and habitat , many species of fish would have dramatically reduced populations. The mangroves also protect the coastal towns and ecosystems from the effects of hurricanes and tropical storms.
The rarest and most primitive creature we see on this trip is the horse crab. They have been in exsistence continally for over 430 million years. They were around 200 million years before the dinosaurs and before the continents divided(continental drift) Their blood is blue caused by copper content.There are used in the testing of vaccines because of the remarkable healing qualities of their blood. Blood is removed and they are returned alive.
Our last stop before returning is a stop for a lunch and swim at the beautiful and well maintained beach on an island near San Felipe
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Many species of Jelly fish live in the shallows of the estuary.Your guide will find samples for a close look at many of the things in the productive shallow waters of the estuary. This area is also one of the best Tarpon fishing areas in the world.
Seeing Flamingos along the beach is rare but possible.
BEACH , MANGROVES AND MAYAN ISLAND TOUR
Fresh water spring in the Mangrove
The fresh water springs are an oasis for birds and animals and help make the incredible bio diversity of the Bio Reserve possible.
There are 35 miles of deserted beach in the Bio Reserve. It is the 3rd most important nesting area for sea turtles in the world.We see them occasionally during the summer when they are here to lay eggs. Searching for shells ,beach combing and a swim are possible on our stop here. Many help the environment by collecting plastic that has washed ashore.We buy the first beer or soft drink for those who help when we return to the restaurant!!
The boardwalk to the fresh water spring in the mangroves.
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Because we are travelling on the Gulf of Mexico for this tour occasionally we need change this tour for reasons of safety because of wind and waves. When this happens the tour automatically becomes a Nature Lovers Tour which is done in the estuary and we can do safely when it's windy on the Gulf. We do not offer refunds when this happens.
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Crocodiles are normally seen in the Peten. This male is a resident.
The Launches are wider, more stable and more comfortable with a table and ample storage.Boarding is easier and safer.
see more images of Isla Cerritos in the slide show below
The 4 hour The Beach Lovers and Mangrove Tour
The cost for up to 8 people is 169usd not including a lunch there is also a 2.50usd /person park entrance fee
We take you first to an isolated beach on the Gulf of Mexico that you can reach only by boat to explore , beachcomb and swim.
Then we go to Isla Cerritos. It was the most important Mayan trading port for Chichen Itza and is now a bird sanctuary.
We visit a fresh water spring in the mangrove that is an oasis for many species of birds and animals including crocodiles
The final stop before returning is the lovely island beach at San Felipe to relax and swim. Along our route we encounter
the ancient horse crabs, many varieties of jellyfish ,sponges and other species that your guide will catch and give you a close up look.
All of the destinations can be reached only by boat.
We use our largest and most comfortable launch which will take a group up to 8.We provide coolers with ice and cold bottled water. You can bring your choice of beverage. You can bring a lunch or we are happy to prepare one for you in our restaurant. A freshly prepared ceviche with homemade tortilla chips is a popular choice.
This tour does not include flamingos. The flamingos are in the east of the Bio Reserve(30 kilometers away) and we see them only occasionally on the beach tour.