Going to Sian Ka’an, a UNESCO world heritage biosphere reserve in the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, was an astounding and empowering experience. Sian Ka’an is 1.2 million acres of jungle, ocean, cenote, and Mayan cultural exploration.
As soon as we hopped out of the van – driving nearly an hour south of Playa Del Carmen, Mexico to get to the site – we were surrounded by masses of blue butterflies. They rested in quick sand along a water front and danced all around us while we were near the docks. In the photo above you can see my cameraman standing at the edge of a special type of quick sand near the docks trying to capture the butterflies in flight.
We climbed an impossibly steep jungle fire tower and toured the jungles of Sian Ka’an; documenting the experience on film. Trudging through jungles in 100 degree temperatures was a huge challenge for us all. Deep in the jungle the air is blocked by all the forest plants, so it is hot – we are covered in sweat.
Climbing the fire tower was a bit scary, but the true excitement was touching a unique part of nature up close – seeing hundreds of butterflies just centimeters in front of our faces – absolutely priceless.
*Video produced by “78 Pesos”, a production team which is a partnership between Shawna Coronado and Mario Salazar (www.mariosalazarphotography.com).
Special thanks to our sponsors:
- The Riviera Maya tourism organization – http://www.rivieramaya.com
- Grand Palladium White Sands hosted our stay during this adventure week – LINK
- And Centro Ecologico Sian Ka’an – To learn more about the Sian Ka’an biosphere reserve please go to this link – http://www.cesiak.org.
*Note – Because the FTC requires it, I am noting that the Mayan Riviera Tourism group sponsored this trip. I was not told what to document or how to document the experience, we were simply asked to film – anything expressed in these posts is my own opinion expressed from my own experience.