Paddling canoes through 3 of the Mezcalito’s lagoon system was a completely unique and different experience than any other activity I’ve ever done here on island. Having lived here for more than a decade and never having explored this area of the island, I was totally blown away by the beauty and serenity. The canoes allowed our group to explore parts of the island that are otherwise inaccessible and visit pristine freshwater mangroves and the unique flora and fauna that inhabit this protected area. Robert, owner/explorer/tour guide, imparted a deep sense of respect and appreciation for the environment. What really impressed me about this tour was the attention to detail. From the very start, Robert gave a top-notch safety briefing, and explained how each canoe was outfitted with a floatation cushion for each paddler, each boat had a camelback water bag, a bailing sponge and a mesh bag. We were fully briefed on the best paddle techniques, safety procedures, and current water conditions.
As we toured the lagoons, Robert pointed out the different types of birds and mangroves that we saw along the way. Canoeing was physical, but our pace was leisurely and not strenuous. There were a few times where we did get out and “float” the canoe through a narrow passage, which wasn’t hard or unpleasant and we had already been forewarned about this in the pre-trip briefing.
When we beached the canoes and crossed over to the ocean for lunch Robert suggested we grab a trash bag and collect beach garbage, which we were happy to do since most of us already belong to the “Trashy Little Group” which organizes monthly Cozumel beach clean ups. When we returned for lunch Robert’s attention to detail once again became apparent. He not only offered us hand sanitizer but gin and /tonics, sodas and beer. A delicious lunch was served using non-disposable plates and forks as well. Lunch was served buffet style on a camp table, and there were in camp stools so no one had to sit directly on the sand.
On the way home we witnessed one of the most dramatic sunsets I’ve ever seen, and being on a lagoon made it that much more special. With full bellies the trip back was slow and full of easy chatter, and since we were now experts at guiding our canoe, it seemed to go faster.
I’d highly recommend this tour, in fact, Robert mentioned that he also does other tours to different mangroves and even offers an overnight camping tour. If you’re looking to see a facet of this island that most Cozumelenos don’t even get to experience, this tour is a must!
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