Snorkeling under the Mangroves

Snorkeling under the Mangroves

This adventure took place in Mexico last December (2018), more specifically in Playa del Carmen at the Sandos Caracol Eco Resort. This is indeed a resort that I recommend to everyone, especially families. All the photos of this post were taken on site within the resort. Snorkeling in the mangrove river was one of the many activities offered.

Mangrove River

First surprise it is fresh water! So close to the ocean, I was expecting salt water. Swimming along the narrow river is a nice journey in itself, but there was less to see than I expected. I was imagining a world teeming with life under the roots. There are still a few turtles and some black / dark gray fishes (Batman style). I swam face to face with a turtle!

River Turtles
River Turtles
Batman-Style Fishes (Black or Dark Grey)
Batman-Style Fishes (Black or Dark Grey)

Cenote and Jungle Exploration

The trails allow exploration of the “jungle” on site. There are even some Mayan ruins.

Jungle Path
Jungle Path

On the subject of swimming, I also bathed in a cenote. With the small fall on the side, the cries of birds and the monkeys, one has the impression of being miles away from civilization in the middle of an exotic jungle.

Cenote
Cenote

We had the chance to see a baby monkey hanging to his mother.

Monkey Family
Monkey Family

Here are some pictures of the local fauna and flora.

Jungle Bird
Jungle Bird
Jungle Lizard
Jungle Lizard
Flower Canopy
Flower Canopy

The coatis were probably the most amusing animals because they approached us in the hope that they would be given food. Failing to be fed by tourists, they are really ingenious at managing to enter trashcans…

Coati
Coati
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