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Coral reefs are often called:  “rainforests of the sea”, because they are some of the most diverse ecosystems on Earth. Occupying less than 0.1% of the ocean surface, which equals to half the size of France. They provide a home for 25% of all marine species. The problem is, due to pollution, agricultural and urban runoffs, over-fishing, blast fishing, deseases, digging of canals, access into islands and bays, … the coral reefs are dying! Advertisements

This post is part of my research for the most amazing dives in the world. This one is not for everyone :). It remains one of the dive sites we would like to visit, in the future. Diving with great whites is popular in South Africa, Australia and on Guadalupe Island, which is off Mexico in the Pacific ocean. I believe wherever great whites are present, the possibility of cage diving with them exists…

Mexico city is the capital and largest city in Mexico as well as the largest city in the Americas and the world’s third largest metropolitan area by population, after Seoul and Tokyo. Mexico City is also the seat of the federal government. The 2009 estimated population for the city proper was around 8.84 million people, and has a land area of 1,485 square kilometers. Mexico City has a gross domestic product of $390… Read More

Chamula has over 50,000 inhabitants and is situated about 10 km from San Christobal. Chamula is located in the highlands at an altitude of 2,200 meters, inhabited by the indigenous Tzozil Maya people. The town enjoys of a unique autonomous status within Mexico. No outside police or military are allowed in the village. Chamulas have their own police force. The only sight in Chamula, is the church of San Juan. The church is… Read More

San Christobal is a lovely city. The easiest way to describe it is: It’s a city with a soul! It is known for its handcraft market. You can find hammocks, wool and much more at very reasonable prices. The city is located in the central highlands of Chiapas. It is located at an elevation of approximately 2100 m. The city is named after Saint Christopher and Bartolomé de las Casas, a Spanish priest… Read More

I woke up in the night bus, about one hour before arriving in Palenque town. The first thing I saw after leaving the unique beaches of Playa del Carmen was the Usumacinta River surrounded by jungle, at the crack of dawn. The lighting was perfect, nor bright nor dark. Mist was hanging over the river, through the trees. The water of the river was high, it mirrored that perfect morning light through… Read More

To visit the ruins of Palenque, your best lodging option would be El Panchan. It is a piece of land in the jungle. Staying there is magical. El Panchan provides accommodations for every budget. They have comfortable rooms with private bath, thatched huts, camping area, and palapas. Website: http://elpanchan.com/alojamiento_eng.htm Accommodation in El Panchan, Jungle Palace offers basic huts, with fan, beside a river. There is a shared bathroom with hot water. 10$/room…. Read More

  The whale shark is a filter feeding shark, it is a slow- moving plankton eater. The largest viving fish, they can grow up to be 12m long. Its maximum age is around 70 years. We can find the shark in tropical warm oceans, like the southern and eastern parts of South Africa; Gladden Spit in Belize; Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia; Útila in Honduras;  Donsol, Pasacao and Batangas in the Philippines; as well off Isla Mujeres and Isla Holbox in Yucatan Mexico; Ujung Kulon National Park in Indonesia; Nosy Be in Madagascar Off Tofo Reef near Inhambane in Mozambique,… Read More

The name Isla Mujeres, Island of the Women, refers to the large number of clay female idols found by the Spaniards here in 1518. The island contains the only known Mayan shrine to a female deity: Ixchel, goddess of the moon and fertility. The island’s laws prohibit the construction of any buildings higher than tree floors, and Us franchises such as MC Donald’s and Wal-Mart are not allowed on the island. “Nevertheless,… Read More

 The Yucatan peninsula is a huge limestone platform, where water runs through underground caves. Part of this land collapsed, creating sinkholes called cenotes, which give access to the unique underground system. The Riviera Maya holds hundreds of these cenotes. Today, the World’s three longest underwater cave systems are located in the Riviera Maya; Ox Bel Ha, 97km; Nohoch Nah Chick 61km; Dos Ojos, 56km.site Although there are so many cenotes, only a… Read More