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A Journey Into Paradise

Mexican Rower Reaches Cancun After 9,000-Kilometer Trans-Atlantic Journey

21 March, 2015

Although Mexican rower Abraham Levy was not the first person to travel solo across the Atlantic Ocean in an oceangoing rowboat,he was the first to make the trip from Spain to Cancun. Levy arrived in Cancun at 1 p.m. on March 14 after departing from Puerto de Palos in Spain on Oct. 21 of last year in a rowboat that is 6.7 meters long and just 1.8 meters wide.

“The purpose of Levy’s 9,000-kilometer trip was to raise awareness of the importance of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef,also known as the Great Mayan Reef,which extends from the northern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula all the way down to Honduras,” writes the Yucatan Times.

At a press conference upon his arrival in Cancun,Levy confessed that he experienced some “difficult and dark days” on the journey,but overall expressed his gratitude “for the generosity of the sea that brought me to Mexico.” Throughout the four and a half month expedition,Levy had no contact with the outside world,and he says a personal low point happened around Christmas when it rained for five days straight and winds reached upwards of 50 knots (90 kilometers per hour).

“When you’re in the middle of the ocean,all you can do is trust that the work you have done was done well,” Levy shared.

It took five years for the adventurer to prepare for this epic journey,which required him to sell a telephone business he owned to finance the trip. The boat itself was reportedly equipped with the latest in communications in case Levy had to reach out for help,along with a wide array of state of the art security and navigation equipment. The vessel was also loaded with more than 700 kilos of provisions when he departed from Spain in October.

Part of the sponsorship money will be donated to The Nature Conservancy,and Levy hopes his efforts will cause Mexicans to become more informed about the importance of the oceans and “of our own strength to turn into reality those things that seem impossible.”

He was greeted upon arrival in Cancun by state Gov. Roberto Borge Angulo,200 onlookers and Invex Banco,who was the chairman of the board of the expedition’s official main sponsor. In 2008,Levy reportedly first made history after traveling the entire coast of Mexico by kayak. 

The entire Riviera Maya region is one of the world’s best diving locales – in part because of the Great Mayan reef which lies just offshore. As the world’s second largest barrier reef – second only to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef – this region is home to a wide variety of marine life and one of the ocean’s most diverse ecosystems. 

“A staggering number of dive sites are within easy reach of the Riviera Maya’s main towns,including Tulum,Playa del Carmen and Cancun,” shared Richard Houghton of Investment Properties Mexico. “Whether you are a beginner or advanced diver,there are plenty of unforgettable experiences waiting for you in the Mexican Caribbean.”

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