ISLAS MARIETAS NATIONAL PARK, NAYARIT
The National Park “Islas Marietas” is the equivalent to the state of Nayarit of what the Eiffel tower is to France, its icon, its symbol, its reference to the world. Nowadays, in addition to its natural beauty, the Islas Marietas National Park stands out for being a good conservation example, which consolidates the effort of many heroes willing to protect it. The main tourist attractions at Islas Marietas are Playa Escondida or Playa del Amor, Humpback whale watching during the winter, diving in coral reefs and dolphin sighting. Its natural beauty and ecological importance has been protected through its designation a natural protected area, also recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Islas Marietas represents an important nesting, shelter and reproduction for 92 sea birds species including the brown and blue-footed boobies, seagulls, magnificent frigate bird and brown pelican, among others. The 1,383 hectares park includes two islands, two islets and its surrounding marine area. It’s located 10 km from Punta Mita, 33 km from Nuevo Vallarta and 39 km from Puerto Vallarta, three important touristic destinations in Bahia Banderas.
The high number of tourists that visit the area could put the ecosystem in danger, therefore, the government, touristic sector and the civil society organizations work together to ensure that this world heritage maintains its ecological functions, natural beauty and economic importance.
AT ISLAS MARIETAS WE ARE HEROES!
The campaign has reached phase two: consolidation, and now We are heroes!!!
Today, tourism operators are permanently supporting the campaign, surveillance has permanent presence, education programs are being funded and continuous monitoring is in place. Today, tourists can enjoy nature in a more sustainable way, they can feel proud that their visit is helping the environment and they can continue to contribute to protect our natural heritage through this campaign. We are heroes because we follow the current rules and regulations. We are heroes because we surveil, train and promote the values of respect and care for the environment.
The heroes that we were looking for have been found and it’s time to recognize that in Islas Marietas “We are heroes”.
HOW DO WE HELP?
Paralelo 28 trough Pronatura Noroeste, in coordination with CONANP and Bahia Unida, invest the resources generated by the Heroes Wanted campaign in the protection of the area, to guarantee an optimal use of the resources and ensuring the continuous presence of five guardians in the ocean.
Be part of the heroes that have set an example in all Mexico. When we use the two bracelets #WeAreHeroes #SomosHeroes.