Explore underground rivers, fly along a zip line, descend into caves by rappel, swim in crystal clear waters of the natural wells known as cenotesand get into the wild to be in archaeological sites are some of the alternative tourism activities that the Mexican Caribbean has to offer for those who seek emotions and nature contact this summer. Because most of these activities implies an intrusion into very fragile ecosystems, companies offering ecotourism services recommend making certain measures to reduce environmental impact and tour responsibly.
They recalled that by visiting natural areas of Quintana Roo, the animal habitat of species such as the spider monkey, ring-tailed coati, deer, reptiles and hundred of bird species gets invaded. In order to respect their ecosystem, it is important to not feed the animals nor to try and touch them or make loud noises, which could stress them. Touching trees and plants is also something we should avoid because many of them may provoke itching, rash or swelling.
Cenotes and underground rivers are particularly sensitive to pollution, many of them are connected to each other and in some towns, they are the main source of clean potable water. Ecotourism company Alltournative request to all their visitors to shower before swimming in this natural wells with the purpose of removing chemicals that might be in our skin and maintain their water crystalline and pure. This is something we should do every time before swimming in any cenote or you can use a swimming hat and cool long sleeve clothes for sun protection avoiding the use of sun block lotions. It is important to avoid at any cost touching the geological formations from the cenotes, especially the stalactites because by doing so we could block the water filtration that “feeds” their slow growth.
A backpack will allow the adventurer to go all over the trials that might be slippery or unstable with a lot more safety and to bring back all the garbage that might be left during the outing. Another good practice from the explorer is to avoid taking something back from the place visited as a souvenir. Insects, plants, rocks and seashells have a purpose for being where they are and leaving them there will allow more tourists to appreciate them.
Finally, they recommended buying authentic souvenirs and art crafts produced in the zone you visit making a profit for the Mayan families. Bargaining is a common practice in this destiny, nonetheless, good tourism is about being supportive and besides taking a souvenir back, also taking a good feeling for having contributed to the well-being of local artisans paying a fair price.