Covered with mangrove swamps, estuaries, lagoons and beaches, this is one of the most important natural shelters for birds in the Western Hemisphere. According to studies made by the Audubon Society, San Blas is home to 300 species of birds, making it second only to Panama. Most of these species live in areas that are accessible to visitors. The best months to observe them are October through April. A few feet from San Blas Port, visitors will find the El Conchal pier, where a boat tour departs to go deep into the La Tovara ecological preserve, a true biodiversity sanctuary. This tour moves along beautiful natural canals that flow into Matanchen’s bay, in the Pacific Ocean, which stand out for being the spot where the wetland’s fresh water mixes with the ocean’s salt water. It is a unique opportunity to admire many plant and animal species. The canals, outlined by lianas, ferns and orchids, are home to crocodiles, turtles, fish, ocelots and a great variety of bird species, such as herons, parakeets, woodpeckers and hawks.
The Marieta Islands are the perfect place to go snorkeling, and you will be able to see from sea turtles, stingrays and dolphins, to octopus and humpbacked whales. If you have been surprised by the diversity of species, you won’t believe what you are about to see. Follow the instructions of the specialized guides, they will be in charge of unveiling the greatest secret of the Marieta Islands. You will have to be very cautious when you swim into a small space between the rocks of the main island. The strength of the waves will help you to more easily cross this natural tunnel. Get ready! You have discovered Playa Escondida (Hidden Beach), a short stretch of beach half covered by a wall of rocks in the heart of the Marieta Islands. Enjoy the tranquility offered by this beach.
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