Fauna of Quintana Roo, Yucatán Peninsula.
On land along with the tarantulas, scorpions, snakes, iguanas, howler monkeys, agoutis and raccoons. Troops of Coatis (Coatimundi) are one of the more endearing animals to be seen in and around the grounds of many resorts along the Riviera Mayar south of Cancun.
Although I don’t encourage interaction with wild animals, lots of tourists do and this has emboldened them to a point where their antics have become very amusing to watch, such as stealing the fruit out of drinks and food off tables, rummaging around in unattended handbags left while the owners take a dip in the pool etc.
Other highlights off land include early morning snorkelling watching turtles feed on the sea grass in Akumal bay then having a quiet breakfast, while the locals open up their businesses for the day ahead.
If like me, you enjoy watching wild birds and animals that have adapted too and take advantage of living in close proximity of human habitats. Then this area of the Yucatán offers one of life’s most enjoyable experiences, with the exception of the captive Dolphins and other animals used to amuse children at some resorts and parks.
© Dorset Knob 2017