Friday, July 19, 2019

Whale Shark Festival, Isla Mujeres 2019 part 1

   I've always been a huge animal lover and pursuer of knowledge. Combine these two character traits and my life gets pretty interesting! I normally attempt to go away one to four times per year for personal trips and maybe twice yearly for business conferences.

   I had the good fortune of accidentally learning about the whale shark festival that is held yearly at Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Every year, whale sharks migrate down Mexico primarily from May - September.  The various companies come together to jointly host this festival which starts with a parade down the main streets on the North end of the island. Then over the course of the next five nights, the island hosts a bevy of marine biologists, researchers and other wildlife experts to host educational seminars. There are also local food, music, and artists on hand. The biggest draw for tourists is, of course, the whale sharks themselves.

   The whale shark festival is a way to educate people about marine life and explain why biodiversity is so important to the planet. The festival is hosted by a collection of Isla Mujere's marine life tour companies but its main sponsor is Ceviche Tours. Ceviche Tours collaborated with the other island tour companies to help promote both tourism and conservation. While I would like to give a proper review of the actual whale shark festival I sadly cant because the week the actual festival was supposed ti start, the Mexican government (yes you read correctly)  decide to postphone the festival to the following week! 

    I had a trip to Peru booked immediately after Mexico. I spoke with Ceviche Tours and they too were upset as they now wouldn't be able to attend their own sponsored event (they had to be out of town as well). We were all very disappointed.  I'm guessing there was a low turnout as it was too late for us all to change bookings. Though it was a disappointment to miss the festival, I did get to swim with whale sharks and you can read all about my experience in part two of my whale shark blog! To be continued.

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