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Can you imagine a family of trees that take root in places with a combination of fresh and salt water? Well, this family of mangroves, or trees, that usually live in lagoons or rivers that flow into the sea are what we commonly know as mangroves. It is estimated that there are more than 90 types of mangroves in the world, can you imagine? When you visit Cancun or the Riviera Maya you will surely hear about them, not only because there are tours in Cancun that lead you to through them like the Jungle Tour or the yacht ride on Nichupte Lagoon, but because they are of vital importance at sea.

The Mangrove Mission

Photo courtesy of Sabana de la Mar

Like any living being, mangroves have unique and valuable functions for the survival of the planet. In the likelihood of a hurricane in the Caribbean Sea, these beautiful mangroves serve as a natural barrier against strong winds. Not only that, but it is considered to be one of the only trees that absorbs the most carbon from the soil, so the loss of mangroves would increase the generation of greenhouse gases, wreaking havoc on global climate change. Aren’t these mangroves wonderful?

How can you care for them

Photo courtesy of Es.liveCancun

The use of sunscreens damages both mangroves and corals that inhabit the majestic Mexican Caribbean, so being the good tourist you are, the next time you snorkel or kayak between the mangroves, you will use biodegradable sunscreen. Another way to protect them is by not contaminating rivers, lagoons or the sea. If you generate trash please take it with you.

Where to enjoy them?

Photo courtesy of Hacienda Tres Ríos

There are several places with activities to enjoy the mangroves, perhaps the most popular of them is Xel-Há with an incredible ride on floating tubes in the river and through the mangroves. In our brother hotel, Hacienda Tres Ríos in the Riviera Maya, has an astonishing 700 meter mangrove course where you can snorkel or kayak. If you are in Cancun there are boats or jet skis that you can rent to explore this natural wonder.

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