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Isla Mujeres: An Environmental and Archaeological Treasure

The Island of Isla Mujeres is a small municipality located north of the State of Quintana Roo, Mexico.  Nearby Isla Contoy is home to a National Park with more than 152 species of local and migratory birds, 14 reptile species, 234 species of fish and 98 plant species. 

Mayan antiques, including ceramics, utensils made from conch shells, are frequently found in Isla Mujeres.  The Mayan archaeological site “El Meco” and the Ixchell Mayan temple can be found here, dating from 200-300 A.D.  Isla Mujeres was also the site of many sea battles between colonial ships and pirates.  Shipwrecks abound for exploration.

For more information visit www.islamujeres.gob.mx

Ceviche Tours

Ceviche Tours provides sustainable eco-tourism to the indigenous peoples of Isla Mujeres, Mexico. Founded by John and Adriana Vater of Spa Adriana in Huntington Village, NY, with longtime friend and Isla Mujeres native Luis Refugio “Cuco“ Sanchez and his family, Ceviche Tours works with the indigenous islanders of Isla Mujeres to help preserve their culture and maintain the integrity and beauty of the surrounding marine environment. 

Through education and photo identification efforts, Ceviche Tours joins the worldwide effort to protect and preserve whale sharks.  As participants on our whale shark tours, guests are invited to be part of those identification and tracking efforts.

For more information, please contact www.cevichetours.com.

Amigos de Isla Contoy
Amigos de Isla Contoy was founded on October of 1994 to promote the conservation of Isla Contoy, nature areas and regional projects of the Yucatan peninsula through the sustainable development of local communities in collaboration with the National Commission of Nature Protected Areas.  Amigos de Isla Contoy develops environmental education programs for the entire community, including workshops to the 2,800 students (Kindergarten through high school) of the Island, their parents, staff from hotels, restaurants, tourist coops, and stores.

With a special focus on educating children, Amigos de Isla Contoy has also initiated a successful Conservation of Coral Reefs program for all students, beach cleanups, plays that teach about recycling and an elementary program on the environment with materials for teachers. 
Their new Community Environmental Education Center in Isla Mujeres offers workshops for adults and children to further their mission of environmental education.  For more information, visit www.amigosdeislacontoy.org.

Blue Realm





Georgia Aquarium






ECOCEAN Inc. is a not-for-profit association working to generate public awareness for marine conservation issues.  ECOCEAN also encourages and facilitates quality research to provide important information (data) to assist with 'best practice' management for the future conservation of the marine ecosystem. At present, the primary interests of ECOCEAN include increased protection for the threatened whale shark (Rhincodon typus) and the biodiversity of Ningaloo Marine Park in Western Australia.  For more information please visit www.ecocean.org.



Whale Shark Tours from Cancun, Playa de Carmen, Rivera Maya and Isla Mujeres

Swim with the world's largest fish, measuring up to 18 meters in length.

Swim the whale sharks in Mexico (USA Today)

Group and private tours available - get more info