did you know that this part of Mexico, along the coastal region of the Mexican Caribbean and inland areas, is called the Mesoamerican Biodiversity Corridor?  This is news to me, but fell upon articles, environmental documents and political documentation about this area, that I have to say, was rather interesting.

We have always known that this portion of Mexico is environmentally diverse.  The combination of the jungle, with the ocean with the cenotes, the incredible amount of orchids, birds and super interesting channels, hidden treasures and unexplored spaces makes it sensitive and super Chido! (sorry that was a little fun spanish slang) when wanting to do and participate in outdoor activities.

The Mesoamerican reef we know…we look at it every day and admire it above and below water.  It is the second largest barrier reef in the world.  WE also know and love the Sian Kaan Biosphere south of tulum, and have made it our second home.  The birds, the plants, the feeling of forbidden and secretive, makes it all very interesting.  I remember years ago we made a road trip many a times to a friends ranch in the Biosphere where they lived off the sea, the lagoon, picked orchids and just chilled…it was a wonderful life for them and a great visit for us.

But over 30 years ago, a group in Florida started to document and protect the areas that run with, are attached to and survive off of the areas that are attached to the Mesoamerican Reef.  This is land and sea, not just land, and this is great news.

Cenotes, the jungle caverns and caves that define the area, are now falling under this umbrella.  Property owners and cave explorers have been the eco-ambassadors for these sacred and environmentally delicate areas.  I have seen many a times a scuba diver returned to the surface for touching the formations in the caverns.  The cave certified guides have personally taken on the task of preserving the caverns so that all can see what they see each and every day.  These areas are not government regulated and seem to not need government intervention as the guides and property owners are very protective of their turf.  If you dont play right, you are outta here!!!!

It is nice to know though people on another level are documenting and researching the areas that lie withing the Mesoamerican Biodiversity Corridor.  Not only will the reef be protected and monitored, but the land flora and fauna will also be protected and monitored.  This includes cenotes and the surrounding jungle that coexists in the area.

What does this mean?  Well we think a ton. First our mission to protect preserve through responsible and safe diving practices is critical.  Asking divers to be confident and good, checking buoyancy and requesting check out ocean dives seems ot have an even great importance, and will help in our explanation as to why this is critically important.

Second it makes the work of local cave explorers even more important.  I don’t know if you know, but all cave exploration done in the area, the mapping, the understanding and the documenting has come out of people’s personal pockets.  Many cave divers, are cavern guides to pay for their love which is cave exploration.  they teach and guide so that on their time off they can continue diving and exploring.  That is dedication, and committment.

And it makes for a great understanding for all visitors that the activity they are participating, that be cavern diving, is really a super special thing to do.  Cave divers, and those who pursue cave certification, know that what they are seeing is more than special.  as a newbie to caverns, sometimes we forget how spectacular and privileged we are to be able to participate in cavern diving.

In the weeks to come as we read and research the Mesoamerican Biodiversity Corridor, we will pass along the information that we gather.  this is more for curiosity and knowledge than anything else….knowledge is power, and we intend to continue our research on this subject.

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