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Annie Dec 18th, 2000 10:28 AM

Nature in Mexico
Does anyone have any suggestions for seeing wildlife or nature reserves in Mexico, without losing sight of comfort and reasonable hotels? Eco-tours seem a bit too spartan for our tastes.

lisa Dec 18th, 2000 10:44 AM

Annie -- We just got back from Mexico, touring the Yucatan peninsula. One place you might want to look into is Rancho Encantado, located on Laguna Bacalar. It is a very comfortable resort consisting of twelve individual casitas, located on a lagoon with a lot of bird life, which you can see especially well if you take kayaks out on the lagoon. You can also tour many less-visited Mayan ruins from this location; we toured 3 in one day. Another daytrip you can take from here is to Lamanai, in Belize, where you can see howler and spider monkeys plus crocodiles and lots of other things. The wildlife we saw in Mexico did not begin to compare to Costa Rica, but if you are set on Mexico then I would consider Rancho Encantado.

Stevie Dec 29th, 2000 07:19 AM

I've heard about Eco Paraiso Xixim, Celestun which sounds good. It can be seen under

Carole Dec 30th, 2000 11:50 AM

For those of you interested in traveling to the great beaches,nature reserve, archaeological sites on the Mexican Caribbean coast, visit these web sites for villas, weather, recommended reading, and Sian Ka'an Biosphere reserve . <BR> <BR>Casa Tropical <BR> <BR> Casa Tropical Tankah, Romantic, beachfront villa, located on private,1/2 acre 82' ocean frontage, Tankah, Mexico, a 1 hour drive south of Cancun airport, 3 miles north of the Tulum ruins, with other major archeological sites within driving distance. Great views with barrier reef just offshore, and a cenote up the beach for diving, snorkeling or swimming, jungle style. <BR> <BR>Weather <BR> <BR> <BR>Bookstore & recommended reading about Maya culture and archeological sites <BR> <BR> <BR>Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR>

Ann Dec 30th, 2000 01:46 PM

Is anyone able to recommend reading such as a naturalist's guide, or a guide to birds in Mexico?

leslie Dec 31st, 2000 07:06 AM

Peterson has a bird guide book just on Mecixcan Birds. I was just in Celestun and it was great. Pink Flamingos were abundant

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