Banco Chinchorro, Mahahual

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Banco Chinchorro is an atoll reef lying off the southeast coast of the Municipality of Othón P. Blanco in Quintana Roo, Mexico, near Belize. It was featured throughout the 2009 semi-documentary film Alamar by Pedro González-Rubio.GeographyThe reef lies in Mexican waters offshore in the Caribbean Sea, or about east of the city of Chetumal. It is approximately 40.2km long from north to south, and approximately 16km wide at its widest point. It covers an area of. The atoll has three islands, with an aggregate land area of : Cayo Norte (actually two separate islets) (0.9 km²)Cayo Centro (5.6 km²)Cayo Lobos (southernmost) (0.2 km²) The natural vegetation of the islands is largely mangrove near the shore shading into open woodland more than 20to from the shore. There is an American crocodile reserve on the southernmost (and biggest) island. The islands (in common with many isolated tropical islands) are thickly populated with small crabs, which are tame and can be trodden on inadvertently by visitors.Some of the islands are inhabited by fishermen, who live in stilt houses about 60to offshore to circumvent local regulations forbidding private construction.ShipwrecksThe reef is home to at least nine shipwrecks, including two Spanish Galleons. The names of the known wrecked ships are: SS Caldera, SS Escasell, SS Far Star, SS Ginger Screw, SS Glen View, SS Penelopez, SS San Andreas, and SS Tropic. There is also a large ferry from Cozumel that washed up on Chinchorro during Hurricane Wilma.
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  • Those who are passionate about diving should do at least once in their life a dive at Chinchorro. As in the whole Yucatan the fish has greatly decreased however the distance from the coast and the protection of the reserve still preserves it for an excellent dive. Nurse sharks,groupers,barracuda are usual sightings, in addition to reef fish. The most reliable structure turned out to be Amigos del Mar, excellent diva masters , excellent boat with experienced crew. If the sea allows, you get a great result with them. Experience to do.
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  • We had the opportunity to visit this place and it is very beautiful, we snorkeled and the wonder of the aquatic world left us shocked. It's a must-see.
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  • Excellent place.
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  • In the description it says that it was declared a World Heritage Site on February 2, 2004, however that is not correct. Unfortunately, this designation has not been achieved, even though the proposal had been sent several times to UNESCO.
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