Travel Weekly and Elite Traveler magazine reported that the Riviera Maya played host to an important sea turtle conservation event to benefit this endangered species,held from June 21 through 24th. The event was held at the Grand Luxxe Riviera Maya resort,which is situated about a half hour south of the Cancun International Airport.
The Sea Turtle Conservancy organization sponsored the event in conjunction with the resort’s developer Grupo Vidante. This time of year the mature turtles come to shore and bury their eggs in the sand. A team from the conservancy will be on hand to tag the turtles with a tracking device that will allow their movements to be followed.
According to Travel Weekly,for the next three months,the turtles will be monitored in what has become known as the Tour de Turtles,which tracks the movements of 15 different species of sea turtles,recording both their nesting places and where they forage for food. The turtle that has traveled the furthest at the end of the three-month period is announced the winner and their movements can be followed online.
The Tour de Turtles has been held annually since 2008,giving scientists valuable insight into the animals’ behavior while in the water. Until recently,much of what was known about sea turtles involved their behavior on land. But since these amazing creatures spend more than 90 percent of their lives in the water,it is important to understand their migratory habits and where their habitats can be found.
Guests enjoying Riviera Maya real estate at the Grand Luxxe,Mayan Palace and The Bliss were invited to attend the event. The Riviera Maya is known for its extraordinary beaches,excellent cuisine and ancient Mayan archaeological sites,making this 80-plus mile stretch of coastline along the Mexican Caribbean one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world.