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Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo is a prodigious island located in the Caribbean Sea. A splendid destination with coral reefs, cliffs and promenade with dolphins.
Isla Mujeres unites the beauty of the Caribbean, the thickness of the rainforest and the fascinating legacy of the Mayan civilization. It was discovered in the year 1517 by Spaniards during the expedition commanded by Francisco Hernández de Córdoba. In pre-Hispanic times, the island was consecrated to the Mayan goddess of the moon, love and fertility; Ixchel, which received offerings with feminine forms that believers deposited on the beaches. When arriving the Spanish conquerors and observing the figures that gave by offering, they baptized it like Island Women.
The island was also a refuge and home to pirates and slave traders, such as Mundaca, Fermín and Marecheaga.
Its warm and crystalline waters are the ideal place for turtles and dolphins, one of the most attractive activities is to swim with them.
Due to its altitude, there is a natural rock formation next to the Garrafón reef and it is the highest cliff above sea level in the entire Yucatan Peninsula.
The sunsets are spectacular, its beaches are rather white sand paths ideal for watching the sea and sunbathing. There are different attractions on the island; the Garrafón National Park, the Mayan temple, etc.
Isla Mujeres is famous for its impressive natural scenery that it offers and the beautiful views of the Caribbean Sea.
Isla Contoy is the most important refuge of marine birds of the Mexican Caribbean. Its lagoons, low jungles and mangroves are home to 152 registered bird species.
It belongs to the municipality of Isla Mujeres, in the state of Quintana Roo. It is 8.75 km long and 200 m approximately 700 m wide. It can be reached by boat departing from Cancun, Puerto Juarez or Isla Mujeres.
Since 1961 the island was protected by the Mexican government and was declared a national park in 1998. It has also been known as the «Island of birds». To the south of the island is the Ixlache reef, which is part of the second largest barrier reef in the world.
In the summer, three species of sea turtles come to the beaches of Contoy to spawn, including the hawksbill, white and loggerhead turtles. Of the 98 species of plants that have been identified, especially the mangroves that cover 70 percent of the island’s surface have remained intact, and different species of fish, crustaceans, birds and reptiles. The waters on the island are rich in nutrients that feed the plankton, which forms the food base of more than 234 species of fish, including whale sharks and stingrays.
A visit to Isla Contoy can not miss the agenda of every lover of travel and nature.