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.
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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
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.
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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 .
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 .