It is well known that the Yucatan Peninsula has seen enormous consequences from upscaling and developments over the years, which has caused mass tourism to spread down the coast for over 100 miles from the north of the peninsula to the south. But little is known regarding the enormous investments made by the Mexican government in community-based ecotourism throughout the peninsula.
Since the late 1980’s nearly $8 million has been invested by a variety of federal and state agencies in approximately 110 community-based ecotourism activities, which include crafts, interchange with the Mayan culture, walks in the forest, bird watching, kayaking, and even the occasional cenote tour experience.
The enormous Calakmul Biosphere Reserve makes its home near Merida. It is known as the largest tropical forest reserve in Mexico, and links to the Sian Ka’an Reserve, creating a biological corridor which protects biodiversity. These UNESCO world heritage sites are the most striking examples of ecotourism in the area, and lead the way for offering environmentally conscious tourism experiences.