It’s open season for hotel developers in Cancun, Mexico. But as they look to cash in on the tourist trade, are they destroying the unique ecological environment that draws people there in the first place?
On a stunning stretch of Mexico’s Caribbean coast is Cancun; an all-inclusive, all-you-can-eat, all-you-can-do, package-holiday wonderland featuring gargantuan resorts and golf courses as far as the eye can see. It’s loud and brash and party-central. But under all those stomping feet is the spectacular silence and epic grandeur of the pristine Yucatan Aquifer. “The very first dive of my life was in one of these places and in 45 minutes it completely changed my life”, Luis Leal, a local cave diver tells us. But the Aquifer is also a vital resource for thirsty Mexico, nourishing vast tracts of rainforest and home to unique flora and fauna. As resort development continues unabated above, environmentalists are deeply concerned about its future.”This area is so rich in biodiversity that it has become – literally – the beachhead for the fight on sustainability”, Michael Halle, a Canadian Ecotourism manager, explains. “They are going to destroy this place and we are not going to have anything unique anymore. It’s going to be lost.”