Puerto Vallarta Icons – Islas Marietas (Marietas Islands)

Islas Marietas

Surely a natural icon of Banderas Bay, the Marietas Islands are one of the most important nesting sites of seabirds in Mexico and eastern tropical Pacific, also housing many other marine species.

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Islas Marietas

Marieta Islands were caused by volcanic activity during the cretaceous era, getting fancy shapes, the two islands of this archipelago (Round Island and Long Island) have virtually the same shape, dominated on the surface and underneath with a variety of caves and cliffs.

After years of scientific research and an intensive effort to provide legal protection to the archipelago, was finally declared a “Marietas Islands National Park” in 2005, with almost 1,400 hectares of land to be an important nesting area, shelter, reproduction and transit of at least 92 species of waterfowl, underwater, resident and migratory.

It is estimated that in these islands is located the largest population of the iconic global brown bobo bird (Sula leucogaster) and with them you can see the beautiful blue-footed bobo bird, which also nests in the Galapagos Islands.

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That is why it is not allowed to “step on” the islands, and human routes should be limited to sightseeing, the beach and water activities like diving, kayaking and snorkeling.

If this was not enough, during winter you can hear the amazing songs of humpback whales, who use the islands as a natural shelter against predators and ocean currents.

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Puerto Vallarta Icons – Los Arcos

Los Arcos

Located south of the city these imposing natural formations of the bay are considered since 1984 as a National Marine Park of the Arches or simply called “Los Arcos”; they have a totally virginal beauty where there are deep tunnels, caves, arches and breathtaking reefs. Besides being one of the sites protected by the Mexican government for the reproduction of different seabirds also fishing is banned around an area of 30 hectares.

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There are five islets with heights between 5 and 50 meters above sea level. Three of them have to form a natural arch, the largest rock has a tunnel of 25 meters high, is the favorite place for snorkeling and diving. At any time of year you can see an endless number of colorful fish, turtles, stingrays, octopus, lobsters, eels, etc.

Access is very easy and the experience is amazing as to appreciate more of the facets of nature in one place. This is one of the many activities offered in Puerto Vallarta to enjoy with your family and can not miss on your next vacation.

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