Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Eco Tour

One last amenity we all enjoyed at the Mayakoba was the free daily "eco tour," which was a boat tour through the lagoons led by a biologist who explained everything about the local flora and fauna.

Tons of different birds, plenty of iguana sightings, and even some turtle heads poking through the surface of the water.  Luckily we didn't come across any of the crocodiles!

Not that we needed the tour to find iguanas - they were everywhere, even up in the trees.

Then there was the occasional giant beetle.

There was a nice trail surrounding the property for running, hiking, and biking.  Relatively shaded, but still hot!  Along the path there was a tower for bird watching, and the entrance to a cenote, which is an underground freshwater sinkhole common in the Yucatan Peninsula.  This one was pretty small and home to many bats.

At first glance you might wonder why there was a cat sitting on our patio....

until the little critter turns around.

Look at that tail!

This friendly guy is a coati, which is a mammal in the raccoon family.  We heard they roam around in packs of even 20 or more, but they proved to be fairly elusive.  Our 1st day there, one casually strolled across our deck but didn't stop, and another day some of us got to see a few of them walking among the trees along the path to the pool.  This one showed up on our last day, and he looked like he was about ready to move in.

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