The Yucatecan coast offers an array of varied landscapes beyond its many beaches, none more so than the mangroves in San Crisanto. Over 3,6237 acres in size, these wetlands an hours drive of Mérida offer vast variety a fauna and plant life to explore.
To explore the mangroves, you’ll need a guide. The area is administered by a local cooperative that work to conserve the unique ecology of the area and guides are available 7 days per week to take you on an amazing ride through the mangroves.
Propelled by your guide with the help of a pair of well worn oars, you will glide silently along the natural canal among the mangroves. With no engine to pollute or scare away the areas creatures, you get incredible up-close with fishes, many kind of birds and even turtles.
Bring your bathing suit because at the end of the journey, you’ll arrive at a natural spring of clear and fresh water where you can stop for a refreshing swim. Arrive with goggles and a snorkel and you’ll be able to explore the underwater environment complete with tarpons and other smaller species.
The tour is around 40 minutes under the hundreds of trees of a thick jungle. Between November and March, your trip will also reward you with the sight of hundreds of flamingos in the San Crisanto lagoon.
The local cooperative also runs a restaurant offering up traditional yucatecan dishes to be enjoyed.
The trip around the mangrove is $4 US per person.
(Images courtesy of costayucatan.com)