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🇬🇧 NAUTRE NEEDS US!! by Jorge Arias

Actualizado: 31 may 2020

Nature by itself has a great power of regeneration, we know that. Lately, especially those of us who are fortunate enough to live in it on a daily basis, we have witnessed its enormous strength. However, this does not mean that Nature does not need a little (or a lot) of our support. That is why below I offer you some recommendations so that when you visit the beautiful the Riviera Maya you can help us reduce the impact on nature and take care of the ecosystems that thrive here.


⦁ Sunscreen and skin care.

Sunscreen is a big problem for cenotes, the sea and especially for the coral reef. Its chemical composition, in addition to being extremely polluting, does not allow the passage of sunlight, necessary for the life of marine fauna and coral. Even biodegradable cream is harmful since its decomposition requires sunlight (which does not happen in many cenotes because they are caverns or caves) and most of the time it does not disappear completely.

The best thing you can do to protect your skin and not leave a trace, is to use special clothing for swimming, there are many types on the market with sun protection.


⦁ Corals

-The coral should never be touched! They are very fragile and sensitive beings, when we touch them we transmit never-ending bacteria that can cause a lot of damage, practically if you touch it, you kill it!

⦁ The Cenotes or Sinkholes

They are flooded caves that make up an extensive network of underground freshwater rivers that are an essential element to the ecosystem in the Yucatan Peninsula. Basically they are the only source of fresh water and many of them keep important vestiges of the great Maya culture. These caves are beautiful places in the middle of the jungle, ideal to cool off and have a nice time, although it is very possible that there are mosquitoes so we suggest using plant-based repellent, avoiding sun cream and always taking a shower before swimming since these rivers go out to sea and their contamination also affects the reef. Even just our natural skin oils can pollute the water.


While inside the caverns or cenotes the, such as stalactites, stalagmites and many others, should not be touched! They are in continuous growth which is very slow and when we touch them, we transmit many external agents to the cave that affect their constant formation, we could destroy thousands of years of history.

Do not remove anything that belongs to the cave. Cenotes are considered sacred places by the past and present Maya, which is why many of them were scenes of rituals and offerings. This means that there are many objects currently in these caves that could be of great importance for archaeological research and removing or touching them could affect this archaeological evidence.

Try to speak quietly, the species that live inside the cave are used to silence, like bats.



⦁ Hydration

Get your own reusable bottle, preferably 2 liters, in the Mexican Caribbean it is hot all year round and you can easily suffer dehydration or a heat stroke. This way we avoid creating more garbage than we can handle while staying hydrated and safe.


Finally, getting a certified guide for your excursions is always very important and a good idea, because it will undoubtedly add value to your experience and will adapt to you in the best way to have a fun and educational experience while taking care of the places you visit.


Tourism is a conservation tool but it has to be an informed and participatory tourism!!


Let's take care of our planet!





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