Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Isla Contoy: a must for nature lovers or adventurous spirits

National Park Isla Contoy, one of the beauties of nature, has been preserved as a huge ecological reserve. It is surrounded by mangroves, where the flora and fauna are zealously protected. Its beaches are shallow, clear, and calm, with an abundance of underwater life that will thrill any snorkeler, and is internationally famous for its flora and fauna.

Aerial view of Isla Contoy
It is possible to visit Isla Contoy from Isla Mujeres, Cancun and Holbox.

Beach on Isla Contoy
What to do in Isla Contoy?

An expedition to this island is a must for nature lovers or adventurous spirits. You will be surrounded by monkeys, birds, small mammals and fish.

With only up to 200 people allowed to visit daily for ecological reasons, few tourists have the privilege to discover this fantastic wildlife hidden paradise.

Inhabited only by wardens and biologists who conduct isolated researches, it is wildlife that rules here. There are more than 100 recorded species of birds (including egrets, terns, spoonbills, pelicans, flamingos and frigate birds); plus reptiles, marine life and exotic plants, some of which are found nowhere else in the world, but here.

This virgin island is barely 5.2 miles long and only 70 ft. at its narrowest point. It is about 45 minutes north of Isla Mujeres and a 2 hour boat ride from Cancun. It is situated at the beginning of the second largest coral reef chain in the world. Snorkeling around the reef is amazing, as the sea is full of a variety of fish (barracuda included) and turtles.

Once on the island, you can enjoy Mayan food- delicious Mayan style fish lunch and venture on the paths throughout the island.

Dolphins around Isla Contoy
Where to stay in Isla Contoy

There are no hotels on the island. It is recommended as a one day tour from Isla Mujeres, Cancun or Holbox.

Isla Contoy is, by far, one of the most charming places in Yucatan. Nature at its best. Don't miss this trip!