Did you know that the second largest barrier reef in the world stretches along the coasts of the Yucatan Peninsula? So on your next trip to Cancun or the Riviera Maya, don’t forget to visit this wonder of nature.

Did you know that the Great Mexican Reef is the second largest barrier reef in the world behind the Great Barrier Reef in Australia?

Also known as the Mesoamerican Reef System (SAM), this Coral reef It stretches for almost 1000 kilometers, through the Caribbean coasts of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and Belize.
The SAM begins from Contoy Island in the Yucatan Peninsula, in the northern region, and runs its way south along the coasts of Belize, through its keys and atolls, Guatemala and ends in Honduras, near the islands of the Bay.

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Get to know the Mesoamerican Reef from Cancun or the Riviera Maya

The Cancun and Riviera Maya area covers a large extension of this barrier reef and therefore there are countless water activities to enjoy, from boat rides until the diving or snorkel.

Isla Mujeres, Punta Nizuc, the Manchones reef, Cozumel and the Cancun Underwater Museum of Art (MUSA) are some of the most beautiful places to get to know this important coral barrier and get to know its flora and fauna.

Biodiversity of the Mesoamerican Reef System

Biodiversity, both in flora and fauna, forms a habitat of a great variety of species. In this way, they can be found in the northern area of ​​the reef system, to the whale shark, considered the largest fish in the world.

This reef system is the habitat of more than 60 species of stony coral, almost 400 species of mollusks and more than 500 species of fish. It is also a refuge for numerous endangered species such as the sea ​​turtles.

Conservation of the second largest barrier reef in the world

For years, work has been done on the conservation of the Mesoamerican Reef System as it has been affected for various reasons. Some have emerged as part of global pollution, such as the increase in water temperature, while others are as part of human predation, as has been the tourist invasion in the region in past decades.

Faced with this reality, several movements have appeared to raise awareness and save the second largest coral barrier in the world, since there is a very important ecosystem for the region and underwater life.

One of the most ambitious projects is the Cancun Underwater Museum of Art (MUSA) which serves as an artificial reef through sculptures that promote the generation of reefs and marine life.

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Aquaworld offers the best tours for these natural beauties promoting the respective care of the environment. Making it possible to visit the different places with varied proposals from diving, snorkeling, boat rides and visits to the islands that are within the area of ​​influence of the second largest coral reef barrier in the world.