Photography tours | What to do in and around Mahahual

Photography tours

We proudly present a new activity that we have designed especially for photography fans. Therefore we offer a package of different photography tours around Maya Luna and Mahahual. All these photography tours are “tailor made”. Meanwhile, a professional guide will accompany all tours. We invite you to start building your package of different photography tours now!

Photography tours |Birds, flora and fauna in the mangrove forest

Description: Our favorite photography tour takes us 40 minutes south of Hotel Maya Luna. We will start this tour at the mouth of the Huach river. This is one of the most beautiful areas of the Xcalak reef national park.
Embarking on the kayaks, the journey starts through its channel. Here we can watch an interesting phenomenon of halocline. To clarify, this is a junction point of fresh water with salt water. In other words two waters with different densities that are part of a myriad of a curious physical-chemical phenomen.
While kayaking in the Huach river we will pass some beautiful scenarios. For example channels, estuaries and lagoons.  So the mangrove forest will give us the opportunity to photograph migratory bird species that find refuge in their intricate roots.
After that, at the end of our adventure, Don Vicente will delight us with a meal. Most likely he prepares the catch of the day. Fresh fish with its particular taste and delicious “coastal style”. Of course your meal comes with handmade tortillas.

General recommendations

  • Refillable water bottle
  • Environmentally friendly sunblock
  • Environmentally friendly insect repellent
  • Hat or cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Underwater photographic equipment

The tour includes:

  • Water and fruit of the season
  • Basic equipment of kayak (Rowing, vest and kayak)
  • Certified Naturalist Guide
  • Cost per person $
  • The tour requires transportation which is not included

Photography tours | Rio Bermejo bird watching

Description: This photography tour takes us to Rio Bermejo, one of the few rivers that exist on the surface of the state of Quintana Roo. As a result it provides an ecosystem with the ideal conditions for migratory bird species. They seek shelter and food during the wintertime. Consequently this gives us the opportunity to admire and take photos of a unique and incredible show. For example storks, pink and white Ibis, pink spoonbills, blue and white garzones, tiger herons, pelicans and seagulls are just some of the species that will delight our lens. As a result, lots of beautiful and unique moments to capture and perpetuate.
The sunrise will accompany us on our tour to Rio Bermejo. After that, we will end our tour with a delicious breakfast in the restaurant of the Hotel Maya Luna.

General recommendations

  • Long sleeves
  • Lightweight pants
  • Safe and hiking shoes with laces
  • Environmentally friendly sunblock
  • Environmentally friendly insect repellent
  • Hat or cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Underwater photographic equipment

The tour includes:

  • Certified Naturalist Guide
  • Cost per person $
  • The tour does not require transportation

Time of the year: Winter season tour November to February

Photography tours | Snorkel Xcalak adventure 

Description: This photography tour takes us to Xcalak, a 45 minute drive from Hotel Maya Luna. The Xcalak Reef Snorkeling Park is located 60 km south of the hotel, near the small fisherman village of Xcalak. The boat will take us to make a first Snorkel, where our lens will capture the most representative of the Mesoamerican reef with its coral colonies. After that we visit the new channel of Zaragoza, which joins the Caribbean Sea with the bay of Chetumal, Quintana Roo. Meanwhile we will visit the entrance of two caves and have the opportunity to photograph the mangrove jellyfish and the inverted jellyfish (Cassiopeia xamachana). Beautiful species that give us beautiful images during magical movements.

Natural border between Mexico and Belize

After that we will go to the natural border of Mexico Belize, the Boca Bacalar Chico river. This is a narrow sea channel that divides the southern end of the Caribbean coast of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico and the Cape Ambergris in Belize. This journey is a beautiful experience. We will navigate through exuberant vegetation and extraordinary nature channels. With a bit of luck we will see a Manatee.
The Caribbean Sea welcomes us at the mouth of the river. Further we sail towards the geological formation called the pool, where the giant tarpons of Xcalak are protected.
After that, at the end of the tour, we can enjoy an exquisite coastal style meal in Xcalak. In addition, we visit the house of Doña Silvia, wife of a fisherman. We can walk in the streets of Xcalak to enjoy the architecture with Belize-an influences of this beautiful corner of Mexico.
In conclusion a perfect scenario for the photographic shot

General recommendations

  • Refillable water bottle
  • Environmentally friendly sunblock
  • Environmentally friendly insect repellent
  • Hat or cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Underwater photographic equipment

The tour includes:

  • Payment right to National Park
  • Snorkel safety equipment
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Certified diving instructor and Naturist guide
  • Certified boat
  • Safety equipment on board
  • Fruit of the season and water
  • Cost per person $
  • The tour requires transportation which is not included

Photography tours | Stellar observation

Description: Fortunately, there are still spaces without light pollution on the coast of Mahahual. So we know the best locations and we want to share them with you. For example, our stellar photography tour is an experience only for connoisseurs. This tour will give us the opportunity to photograph the twelve constellations.  That is to say these represent the zodiac signs, Perseid or Leonid star showers, stars, galaxies, nebulae and star clusters. Of course the Moon is among other stars.
Subsequently after a 40-minute journey we arrive at our location where we will observe the sly from Polaris to the Cruz del Sur.
Unforeseen beyond our control. We adjust our departure times according to the phenomenon to be observed.
Activity subject to weather conditions. Change of dates due to clouds, wind or high humidity. If this is the case we will contact you in order to change the date.

General recommendations

  • Long sleeves
  • Lightweight pants
  • Safe and hiking shoes with laces
  • Environmentally friendly insect repellent

The tour includes:

  • Certified Naturist Guide
  • Cost per person $
  • The tour requires transportation which is not included

Photography tours | Xcalak Jungle

Description: This tour takes us to the jungle of the Xcalak Arrecifes National Park. This is a Protected Natural Area located 60 kilometers from our starting point Hotel Maya Luna (some 45 min by car).
This is an outstanding paradise with unparalleled natural wealth in its ecosystem. To clarify, in terrestrial environments there are two types of forests. That is to say low deciduous forest and low flood forest. They depend on the degree of flooding they present during the rainy season. .

It is very well possible that these jungles and lagoons house some 155 birds, 27 amphibians and reptiles, and 31 mammals. Its almost certain that there are also jaguars living in the area. Certainly this will provide fantastic scenarios that give us the opportunity to photograph different flora and fauna typical of wetlands. In addition a large percentage of migratory birds visit this sanctuary in the months of December to February. During the wintertime they are looking for warm areas for reproduction and food. In short, your lens can not miss this experience.

General recommendations

  • Refillable water bottle
  • Environmentally friendly sunblock
  • Environmentally friendly insect repellent
  • Hat or cap
  • Sunglasses

The tour includes:

  • Water and fruit of the season
  • Certified Naturalist Guide
  • Cost per person $
  • The tour requires transportation which is not included