The Riviera Maya is a vast land, and with it, comes a lot of nature. From the ocean to the skies, to the deep jungle, plenty of beautiful wildlife roams the area. With the growth of civilization, of course, wildlife has needed to adapt to new surroundings, and are often not spotted hanging about the more crowded areas. However, the Karisma Hotels & Resorts properties are sustainable and have kept a lot of the surrounding jungle untouched; meaning that if you’re lucky enough, you might have a wildlife encounter. Remember, these animals are wild and free to roam so do not touch them or feed them, and if you feel threatened at any time, let anyone from staff know immediately.
Azul Beach Resort the Fives Playa del Carmen has a unique feature that helps keep the wildlife coming back as much as our guests – and that’s the beautiful and natural (yet un-swimmable) cenote on-site. Early in the morning, it is possible to spot a handful of spider monkeys migrating in search for food in the surrounding jungle. Sometimes, during the afternoon, they might stop and look at you just the way you’re looking at them. They’re curious creatures, so keep your distance.
These fluffy and lovable-looking creatures are often spotted running through the resort in search for food. Do not feed them directly – as adorable as they are, they can be vicious. They are closely related to the raccoon, yet have a longer snout and ringed tail. Also, they love trees (so you might spot one if you look up once in a while).
Many people are often baffled to find out that the Riviera Maya is also home to raccoons. These funny-looking, curious animals are little rascals and are often looking for trouble if there’s food involved. Although it’s not as common to spot them as their cousins, the coatis, they roam around freely and have even been spotted taking naps in our famous Aguas del Amor or outdoor showers. Just like with other wildlife, keeping your distance is recommended as one never knows how they may react to human interaction.
Local to southern United States, Mexico and Central America, the chachalacas are medium-sized birds that get their name from the sounds they make “chac a lac – chac a lac”. They are quite social birds, which means that if you spot one, you’re sure to see at least a couple more (and up to 15 in some cases). At the Karisma resorts you might be able to spot mothers walking around with their babies, and that’s a hard sight to overlook because they are so adorable!
The sereque might remind you of a guinea pig, a chipmunk (a very large one, anyway), and even a squirrel, but it is part of the rodent family. While not as common a sight as the coatis or chachalacas, the sereque might still be hanging around the resorts. These curious little fellas love feeding on fallen fruit and nuts, and they have been known to be great dispensers of seeds. Respect their habitat and their privacy – they get scared easily.
The Riviera Maya is home to a lot more – a vast amount of wildlife shares land and space with humans here and you may run into other distinctive animals while visiting the region. In the ocean, the great whale shark, dolphins, sea turtles, and a variety of fish. On the land you’ll find the monkeys, coatis, jaguars, and sereques. And in the air you will toucans, chachalacas, guacamayas, and many others. The Riviera Maya truly is paradise, and Exotic Travelers and Karisma Hotels & Resorts only brings you closer in luxury.