When it comes to striking wildlife, Mexico is one of the most blessed countries in the world. Home to some of the rarest species of animals, the tropical forests of Mexico provide shelter to many indigenous land and marine animals.
The Mexican wildlife includes bears, wolves, monkeys, snakes, iguanas, and tapirs; all wandering around the forest day and night. Mexico’s tourist attractions also includes beautiful aquatic scenery and fascinating coral reeves for divers. Tourists and travelers can enjoy spending time marveling over the most splendid water animals like whales, sharks, turtles, and swordfishes. Giant manta rays with over fifteen foot wing span and friendly dolphins can also be seen outside the surf line of Santiago Bay, this attracting thousands of vacationers from around the world.
Whales and other Marine Animals
Tourists and vacationers can go on an expedition to watch hundreds and thousands of grey whale mothers along with their calves. In some instances, grey whales nudge boats. While this may seem alarming, this will give you the opportunity to see one of the most magnificent creatures of the Mexican wildlife. You can also expect to see a horde of blue whales in Mexico. Some other interesting species are humpbacks, killer whales, bottlenose dolphins, seals, and sea lions. Serving as the feeding ground of Mexico’s wildlife, tourists are allowed to snorkel through the lagoons and surrounding seas and see wonderful species of fresh water and marine animals such as elephant seals, rare turtles, and fur seals. As an interesting side dish, the waters around the Riviera Maya offer spectacular whale shark encounter opportunities.
The Mexican wildlife consists of a variety of birds and flying insects. Many are amazed at the types of butterflies that cruise above the open water. Birdwatchers around the world will have their eyes craving over the different types of migratory birds that visits the country. Mexico’s wildlife consists of thousands of species of birds including parrots, flamingos, humming birds, and toucans. These birds make spectacular melodies in the wild, serving as a your background music as you stroll through the forest and giving you an idea on where to look on your bird watching tour. Within the lush greenery of Mexico, some of the rarest birds can be found like the elusive quetzal, a prized bird with wonderful feathers.
In all states of Mexico, oak and pine trees can be found in abundance– an indication of Mexico’s rich and flourishing plant life. Among other varieties of plants to be found in the country include zapote, mahogany, rosewood, cacao, ebony, and ceiba; some of these plants serve as food for Mexico’s animal wildlife. Exotic flowers also bloom in the country’s rich forests. And luckily, tourists can buy a few varieties of these flowers from local shops and keep them in their own garden– one of the best souvenirs one can have from Mexico. But when choosing to do this, make sure that the flowers can be legally brought outside the country. Laws on the preservation of the Mexican wildlife may restrict the exportation and even picking of wild plants from their natural habitat.
In the semi-desert plateau of Mexico lives dangerous predators like iguanas and pit vipers along with scorpions and rodents. Some Mexican Safari tours can give you the chance to see these animals in their natural habitat. The most dangerous animals of the Mexican wildlife are mouflons and pumas. Although they may be scary enough to make you keep your distance, experiencing these creatures up close is a memory that will last a lifetime.
Encounter Mexican Wildlife on these tours:
- Swim with Whale Sharks
- Go Birding in Yucatan
- Cenote Snorkeling Tour
- Tulum & Xel Ha Tour
- Crocodile Tour Rio Lagartos