ecoDestinations - Mexico

ecoDestinations - Mexico

Bienvenidos to ecoDestinations Mexico!

Mexico is an outstandingly beautiful country with deep history and culture. You will get to know the inner workings of what makes Mexico one of the most sought after destinations. From the origination of tequila in the mountainous state of Jalisco, to the beautiful white sandy beaches and ancient Mayan temples, Mexico has the grand mixture of the best to offer. The people of Mexico treasure their land and are inviting to those who are interested in witnessing the beauty and preservation of their culture. Stay up to date, spread the word and visit Mexico in the best of style – the eco-tourist way!

Michelle Rodrigues
Michelle Rodrigues


109 Million People, 200,000 Species, Countless Opportunities

Mexico (the United Mexican States) is the fifth-largest country in the Americas, with 2 million square kilometers, and the most populous Spanish-speaking country in the world. Northern regions (noth of the Tropic of Cancer) of Mexico are temperate climate zones with cooler temperatures during the winter months, where as areas south of the twenty-fourth parallel experience tropical climate with fairly constant temperatures year round. With climate varying as a function of elevation, Mexico is also home to one of the world's most diverse weather systems. Mexico is the seventh major tourist destination in the world according the World Tourism Organisation (WTO), with spectacular beaches, mountains, rainforests, deserts, and friendly and welcoming haciendas.


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TIES Members & Partners in Mexico

Meet our members and partners leading the efforts to promote Mexico's sustainable tourism development and responsible travel initiatives.


Mayan Encounters

Mayan Encounters
Project Mayan Encounters has been established by Stefanie Baeker, in collaboration with some environmentally passionate, multilingual guides in the Riviera Maya, to design relaxed, eco-conscious adventure trips for travelers with special needs and physical limitations.

Eco Colors

Eco Colors Tours
Eco Colors Tours aims to protect and preserve the unique ecosystems in Mexico by conbining environmental conservation and tourism. Through unique nature tours, Eco Colors offers the opportunity for travelers to explore Mexico's amazing ecosystems in an educational and safe manner.

Visit Sian

Visit Sian Ka'an
Visit Sian Ka’an is committed to protecting the local area and its fragile ecosystem, through a business model based on sustainable tourism - minimizing the environmental impact of tours. Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to thousands of species of flora and fauna, and remains the largest protected area in the Mexican Caribbean.

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Sumak Travel – Helping discerning travellers find a local, ethical tour operator they can trust   We’ve always believed international tourism should strive to be reciprocal. Though travellers’ enjoyment and comfort are always our priority, we think that memorable experiences should come from local experiences within a framework of ethical tourism and environmental preservation.     Sumak Travel was founded in London in May 2012 and acted as a tour operator for 5 years until May 2017. During this period, the social enterprise specialised in creating...
  More than 2,000 loggerhead sea turtles died in fishing nets last summer in Baja California Sur, Mexico. TIES member SEE Turtles is working with a coalition of organizations to urge the Mexican government to take action on this problem. This effort needs the help of the ecotourism community and SEE Turtles is asking international tour operators and tourism organizations to show their support by signing on to the letter.   SEE Turtles has put together a letter praising the government's past efforts to protect wildlife and making the case that protecting wildlife is...
U.S. retirees helped measure sea turtles during a visit to Magdalena Bay, Baja California Sur, Mexico, with RED Sustainable Tourism. (Photo Credit: Anne McEnany)   By Anne McEnany, Senior Advisor, Conservation & Environment Program, International Community Foundation   In 2011, the International Community Foundation released "The Greening of U.S. Retirement Destinations in Mexico: Emerging Issues and Trends in Coastal Communities" analyzing environmentally-specific consumer perceptions and preferences among U.S. retirees and second home buyers in Mexican...
By Michelle Rodrigues   Tourism in Mexico has seen a drastic drop since the swine flu fright and the recent economic downturn experienced throughout the world, but this doesn't stop everyone. Mexico is still optimistic and thriving with the continuation of its beautiful colors, traditions and cultures.   Initiatives like La Ruta del Tequila and the public awareness of World Heritage Sites in Mexico have been able to release knowledge and understanding of the deep history Mexico holds. One such project – Project:Exposure - has been piloted off in the fun and...
Tourism has become one of the most important industries in the world with significant growth potential. Mexico attracts most tourists in all of Latin America, and with over 20 millions visitors each year, it is among the top ten tourist destinations worldwide. Tourism is one of the leading industries in the country, and the Mexican Caribbean relies largely on tourism.   Pressure imposed on the environment by the drastic and constant increase of tourism in the Riviera Maya and Cancún – as well as the lack of sustainable planning and management in many of Mexico...
By Cheryl Butner, CEDO   In the middle of the Sonoran Desert lie an enormous dormant volcano and the largest "sea" of sand dunes found in North America. Welcome to El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve, the fourth largest land reserve in Mexico, where you will find some of the most diverse and fascinating ecosystems in the Sonoran desert. In addition the awesome volcanic landscape and expansive dunes, you will also find vast fields of cholla, saguaro, senita, and ocotillo cactus, and rare animal species like the Sonoran Pronghorn antelope. Located...
This article was first published by our friends at, who have agreed to its republication here. View original article on The Travel Word   By Jacqueline Baleon   Located in the Ejido (communal land) of El Rosario, only 45 minutes to the south of La Paz (the capital of the Mexican state of Baja California Sur), is the lonely Cactus Sanctuary (Santuario de los Cactus), in which 50 hectares of parkland have been divided into 50 distinct areas to preserve cacti and endemic plants found only in this part of the globe.   Despite its beauty, the sanctuary...
By Cheryl Butner, CEDO   Between one of the driest deserts on Earth – the Sonoran Desert – and one of the richest seas – the Gulf of California – lie the estuaries of the Northern Gulf of California, areas unique in their great beauty and extraordinary biodiversity. Morúa Estuary, near Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, is a prime example of an ecosystem vital to the biology and socio-economic well-being of this region.   One of the few intact estuaries left in the Northern Gulf of California, Morúa is a habitat for a wide range of...
By Stefanie Baeker, Project Mayan Encounter   There is a lot to learn and explore in Riviera Maya, if one chooses to go beyond the tourist areas. Having lived in this region for six years, I have personally gained valuable insights in terms of downsizing my life. Simplifying our lives does not mean that we have to let go of quality. Downsizing can be liberating, and can help us become more at ease with our lives during the current times of economical and ecological "cleansing." We have to ask ourselves, what do we really need? Knowledge and experience gained through...


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