Celestún Biosphere Reserve

Mexico – Decreed a wildlife refuge in 1979 and a biosphere reserve in the 1980s, the Celestún Biosphere Reserve is the cradle of ecotourism (cuna del ecoturismo). A bit of tourism history – in 1983 this place inspired Hector Ceballos-Lascurain to coin the e-word. The economy thrives on the fishing and tourism, particularly those interested …

#WorldWetlandsDay is February 2

Photo: Ron Mader, Clark County Wetlands Park World Wetlands Day is celebrated every year on February 2 to commemorate the signing of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands in the Iranian city of Ramsar in 1971. Hashtag: #WorldWetlandsDay The theme for 2017 “Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction” emphasizes the importance of the wetland ecosystem as a natural, effective …

Mexico’s Monarch Butterfly Sanctuaries

Photo: Marlene Ehrenberg, Monarch Butterflies Mexico – The country’s most visited protected area showcases a natural marvel and mark your calendar — butterfly season lasts from November to March. Sanctuaries in the states of Mexico and Michoacan open their tourist services to the public from November to March. These protected areas include l Rosario, Chincua, …

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

Australia – The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system. The reef is the largest natural feature on earth and stretches more than 2,300 kilometers off the coast of Queensland. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is managed by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. The park lies east of the …

Tourism, Parks and Protected Areas

Photo: Ron Mader, Lake Mead NRA Visitors’ Center Tourism in parks and protected areas can be a boon to local conservation efforts or it can afflict biodiversity conservation and environmental management. Many travelers find meaningful encounters with nature in protected areas, but wilderness fans are often at a loss when figuring out where to go …

Banco Chinchorro Biosphere Reserve

Photo: SEMARNAT, Chinchorro Located at the southeastern tip of the Yucatán Peninsula, Banco Chinchorro Biosphere Reserve encompasses more than 144,000 hectares of coral reefs, mangroves, beds of sea grass beds and sand beaches. Banco Chinchorro is the largest platform type reef complex system in Mexico and because of its isolated position, it represents well-preserved natural …

Xochimilco

Photo: Ron Mader, Xochimilco A highlight of any trip to Mexico City is a visit to the canals and gardens of Xochimilco. ORIGINS 500 years ago Xochimilco was the agricultural hub of Tenochtitlán, a metropolis of 235,000 inhabitants. In the Náhuatl language of the Aztecs, the name Xochimilco means ‘garden of flowers.’ The flowers that …