Isla Contoy.

This is an experience i´ve been wanting to share with you, a few weeks ago I went with some friends and family to an amazing Island, Isla Contoy, Protected by the Mexican government, and declared a National Park, its approximately 30 kilometers north of Isla Mujeres. We took a boat from Cancun, the trip took about one hour, it usually takes about 2 or 3 hours depending of the boat, but ours was pretty fast.

As soon as we could see the island on the horizon and the closer we got, our excitement was getting bigger and bigger, it´s absolutely gorgeous, is not very big, i think  it´s only 8 Km in length. There is nothing but palm trees, clear blue water, lots of birds and white sand, PARADISE!!!!

In the island lives a group of government-sponsored biologists who continually monitor and study the ecosystem of the island. Only a few tour companies have permission to bring guests to the island and only 200 visitors are allowed daily.  If you plan to visit the island in your own vessel, you are required to apply for permission first which can be arranged at the Park offices in Isla Mujeres or Cancun. as soon as we got to the peer, we jumped in the water, we didn´t care about barracudas, there was like 50 of them, just right in the peer. I have to say that I was a little bit impressed by them, they are so ugly with the mouth full of teeth!!.  Anyway, it´s better if I let the pictures talk.

Ready to go

arriving to the island

take a good look…. 7 barracudas!

The other side of the island

Dinner time! It´s good to have friends with restaurants.

chill out time after dinner.

our night camp.

almost sunrise.

Next morning we went snorkeling to the reef.

Nurse shark

Mantarraya, Samantha it´s her name, and you can actually touch her, she comes to the shore looking for food.

This is why I love where I live.

and guess who came with us….

I made her bathing suit with a balloon :-)

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