BRI's Ecotour to the Yucatán Peninsula
Join Us for this Extraordinary Adventure - Fall 2013
México’s Yucatán Peninsula, especially the State of Quintana Roo, has held the imagination of poets and scientists alike for centuries. Native Americans, Spanish Conquistadores, explorers, pirates, buccaneers, missionaries, and naturalists have all influenced the region’s incomparable natural and cultural charm.
Home to the world’s second largest coral reef system, the Yucatán Peninsula is a place where forest and sea meet to sustain a striking level of biodiversity from the arid north to the lush tropical south.
This expedition, including its strong ecological and socioeconomic components, will provide an opportunity to experience the Peninsula’s wildlife and ecosystems firsthand as well as to learn about sustainable conservation in this remote region of México.
Highlights will include opportunities to:
Explore ancient Mayan ruins
Engage in roundtable discussions about the Great Mayan Collapse and its relevance to the 21st century.
Snorkel in the Western Hemisphere’s largest coral reef system
Learn firsthand about coral reef restoration, about the conservation of the spiny lobster, and about the invasive lionfish.
Study the biodiversity of mangrove forests and remote coastal ecosystems
Volunteer to clear some of the beaches of Quintana Roo from plastics pollution.
Hike and bird in the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve
Meet scientists and conservationists working toward sustainable fisheries and tourism.
Experience the wilderness of the Yucatán Peninsula
Camp and kayak in remote natural areas of the region and hike in caves along underground river systems.
Enjoy the hospitality of some of the Peninsula’s most beautiful lodges
Meet with residents who have witnessed dramatic changes throughout the past 25 years.
Contribute to the ongoing efforts of local conservation organizations
Partner with Heel Habilidades A.C. and Biodiversity Research Institute as they collaborate with other nonprofits, businesses, and government agencies to make a difference in Quintana Roo.
H. Bruce Rinker, Ph.D., is the director of scientific advancement and development at Biodiversity Research Institute. Distinguised ecologist, educator, and explorer, he has led scientific expeditions in tropical locales throughout the world for nearly 20 years.
Santiago Lobeira is the founder of Sustenta.com and Heel Habilidades A.C. and is a long-standing conservationist. A native of México, he and his business partners have championed the cleanup of the beaches of the Yucatán Peninsula in an annual campaign called “Limpia Mahahual.”
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