Are you one of those persons who think that all you can enjoy about Cancun was the beaches that are washed by the waters of the Caribbean Sea. But Cancun has another amazing place in which you can relax, sunbathe and practise many water activities, the Nichupte Lagoon. And as well as other important landmarks, the Nichupte Lagoon is also a symbol of Cancun.
You probably know, if you are travelling to Cancun, that this marvelous city is one of the most popular destinations in the world. Filled with turquoise waters, perfect warm temperature of the Caribbean Sea, fun activities and luxurious resorts (there are lots of first rated hotels in Cancun); it attracts more than 3 million visitors annually. But what most of these visitors do not take into account is that Cancun, as the rest of the Yucatan Peninsula, is a major habitat for thousands of marine life, animal species and vegetation. Here you will be able to find colorful birds, a great variety of fish, monkeys, jaguars, crocodiles and many more. Thanks to this, tourists (who are sometimes called ecotourists) really enjoy Cancun as a place that takes care of its natural beauty and ecology. If you go there, you will see that is much more than a site to sunbathe, drink margaritas and party all day.
The Nichupte Lagoon
Nichupte, which borders the hotel zone of Cancun, is actually a system of different lagoons that are set three thousand hectares and is made up of seven bodies of water in which are included the Bojorquez Lagoon, the Mediterranean Laguneta and the Lagoon of Love (called in this way because it has the shape of a heart). Furthermore, this system of lagoons is considered one of the most important ecological sanctuary thanks to its mangrove swamps in which you will be able to observe a rich and diverse wildlife. For example, the lagoons are the home of waterfowls, crocodiles, fish, shellfish and, of course, typical mangrove vegetation (red, black, buttonwood and white mangroves). Besides this, in Nichupte you can go on the famous jungle tour in which you can navigate through the canals in a two-seater wave-runner while tourist guides show you the flora and fauna of this gorgeous ecosystem.
Benefits of Nichupte
Apart from offering a beautiful natural view, the Nichupte Lagoon means a huge advantage for the city and the people living in Cancun. As it is a habitat of a wide variety of flora and fauna, it has become into a protected area by the Mexican government. But this is not all. This major ecosystem is essential to protect Cancun since it can significantly delay the erosion of the coastline that could be caused by the different storms and hurricanes. In addition to this, the swamps also help reduce the levels of pollution in the water; consequently, this is very useful to preserve the biodiversity and, what is more important, the future reef formation in Mujeres Island, Punta Cancun and Punta Nizuc. Because of all this, tourists who go to visit Nichupte Lagoon have to be very careful in order not to contaminate the site and follow the instructions of the our guides.
All in all, Cancun has many different places to enjoy that you might have never heard of. But once you get there you will realize that there are many places to explore besides the beautiful Caribbean Sea and the Nichupte Lagoon is one of them. So come to Cancun and be ready to have fun!
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