Real Rainforests to See in Mexico

Rainforest, Yucatan, Mexico

If you want to explore a pristine rainforest, you don’t have to go all the way down to South America – you need go no further than Mexico. There, you’ll find many sight-seeing trips that will allow you explore the rainforest and learn more about these wonderful natural resources.

Just off the white sands of the Caribbean, you’ll find the Riviera Maya and the city of Tulum. Here, you can explore unspoiled tropical rainforests and see the Yucatan in its native beauty. Tulum has many small hotels that use solar energy and rain water, and take many other steps to minimize their environmental impact on this beautiful area. In Tulum you can explore Mexico’s rainforests while helping preserve them – as well as the local wildlife and beaches – for future generations. Plan to start your trip by visiting the Sian Ka’an Biosphere to see the region’s diverse wildlife in their native habitats.

A less rustic experience can be found at Isla Hol Box, located near where the Caribbean Sea meets the Gulf of Mexico. Here, you can find plenty of unexplored nature areas that are rich with wildlife. From May through October, you can see whale sharks at the Yum Balam nature reserve or spend time wandering the pristine rainforests. In addition, Isla Hol Box is still very much a typical fishing village, where wild dolphins and colorful birds are abundant. There are miles of white, sandy beaches as well as mangrove forests, making Isla Hol Box a wonderful destination for seeing rainforests and more in a relaxed setting.

Next up is the El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve – one of the largest, most diverse and untouched natural areas that can be found in Mexico. The Reserve is large – about 300,000 acres – and located in the Sierra Madre mountains of Southern Chiapas. In this transitional zone, the mountains change from neoarctic to neotropical biospheres – you’ll be able to see plants and animals from both environments in this region.

In addition, in the El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve, you have the opportunity to visit both a rainforest and a cloud forest. In the cloud forest, you can see beautiful orchids, bromeliads, giant tree ferns and evergreen trees. The fauna is just as prolific and stunning as the flora, with more than 100 species of mammals, including spider monkeys, tapirs, jaguars and four other species of wild cats. There are more than 400 species of birds living here, including the Resplendent Quetzal, the Azure-Rumped Tanager and the Horned Guan. For this reason, the Reserve is one of the finest birding areas in the country. You can also see a dozen or more different species of amphibians and more than 60 different types of reptiles on your visit here.

While you’re in the area, you might also want to visit the La Encrucijada Biosphere Reserve, where you can see mangrove estuaries, seasonally flooded coastal forests and a semi-deciduous tropical forest.

As our world continues to change, we may have fewer and fewer opportunities to see these truly untouched wilderness areas. Enjoy Mexico’s rainforests now with a sight-seeing vacation that allows you to marvel at these wonderful natural resources.

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