Have you ever wondered what is the magic of mangroves and their ecosystem, what is their function or why are they of vital importance?
In order to answer these and more questions you must first know that Cancun besides having many attractive activities for tourism, also has a set of mangroves known as Nichupte Mangroves. This complex ecosystem is of vital ecological importance because it safeguards and preserves the basic functional structure of the wetlands, beaches, jungles and reefs of the region.
What is a Mangrove and its characteristics?
They are a type of coastal and humid ecosystem (also known as wetlands), mainly found in tropical and subtropical areas, especially in swampy and flooded regions. These ecosystems tend to be very rich in biodiversity, due to the fact that plant species are adapted to develop in flooded environments.
Among its main biological characteristics are the aerial roots that allow the oxygenation of the mangrove, the exclusion of salt and serve as support for individuals. They are also considered Pneumatophores, i.e., root extensions that develop above ground in an ascending form or as subway root appendages. Mangrove trees are very hardy trees that thrive in muddy, sandy, very brackish (with water up to 100 times saltier) and hot conditions that would kill most species of flora. The fruits of these trees are known as propagules and have a spear shape, which helps them to search the subsoil in order to take root and continue growing these trees.
Importance of mangroves.
Mangroves are very important ecosystems for ecology and society. They produce a large amount of organic matter such as leaf litter and other types. They retain sediments, wastes and toxic substances that flow into the sea. They also help filter the water that supplies the groundwater, desalinate the water that enters the mainland, protect coastal areas from erosion by water and wind, and retain the sand on the beaches. Without the beautiful set of mangroves in Cancun, we would not be able to enjoy its beautiful beaches or admire the extensions of green mangrove areas that adorn the hotel zone in Cancun, which you can enjoy along its 23 km and even navigate through them with the JungleTour.
Flora and Fauna of the mangroves.
Mangroves present a great biodiversity of species. Some of them are unique to these ecosystems. Due to the environmental conditions that mangroves possess, they allow species such as crustaceans, fish, mollusks, birds, reptiles, amphibians and other mammals to inhabit them.
Within Cancun’s hotel zone you can enjoy beautiful sunrises over the Caribbean Sea and enjoy the beach. While in the evenings you can contemplate the tranquility of the mangroves of the Nichupte Lagoon with a beautiful sunset. However, if you are one of those people who like to take a walk in the evenings you should take your precautions in the hotel zone and do not go swimming in the Nichupte Lagoon, as you may encounter a crocodile that is curious on the shores of the lagoon. So at all times respect the signs!
Travel safely through the mangroves.
If you want to explore the magic of the mangroves we recommend you to book theJungletour. The best way to enjoy and learn about the mangroves in Cancun is through a tour in your own speedboat for two people. During this tour you will receive safety instructions with a bilingual guide who will teach you the hand signals before departure. You will navigate through the winding canals while enjoying nature, observing the life and magic of the mangroves. If you pay close attention during the tour you may encounter species such as leopard frogs, iguanas, white turtles and crabs, you will feel like you are in the jungle! This tour also has a plus for you. You will be able to visit and snorkel in the Mesoamerican Reef, which is the second largest reef in the world and part of the MUSA gallery.
So get ready for a great adventure! ⭐Choose this activity and up to 9 more fun water activities withAquaworld’s Day Pass⭐.