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The Mayan Jungle is the most extensive tropical rainforest in Mesoamerica and the second largest in the Americas. With over 16 thousand square miles and 20 ecosystems, it is also home to a significant number of endemic species, both animal and plants.

Three types of jungle

The rainfall that bathes the peninsula year after year is the primary factor for an ecosystem like the rainforest to flourish in the region. Three types of jungle coexist in the Mayan jungle: high, medium and low.

Cenote in the Mayan Jungle.

To the south of Quintana Roo is the high forest, on the soils known as box lu’um. The height of this forest is between 100 and 150 feet, and the leaves of its trees are subperennifolias, that is, between 25 and 50 percent of the species lose their leaves. The trees that have characterized the box lu’um rainforest are cedar, zapote, chechen, mahogany; and epiphytic species that grow on vegetables, such as agavepalo.

The medium forest lies on soils known as tzekel and pus lu’um. This type of jungle covers most of the state of Quintana Roo and reaches a height of 50 to 80 feet. The most common trees in this region are the chaká, ramón, and kitinché.

The low jungle is found in depressions flooded by the rains, and are known as ak’al-che. This type of forest reaches 10 meters in height. Because more than 50 percent of the species lose their leaves during the dry season, it is considered subcaducifolia. The most common species of this forest are the orchid, the bromeliads, the ferns and the guayacán.

The Mayakoba bikeways open their way through the Mayan Forest.

Conserving the Mayan Jungle

To achieve the conservation of the rainforest, Mayakoba designed a massive ecological project. Mayakoba is creating a plan in a total area of 260 hectares, where they will preserve almost 50 percent of the vegetation. In addition to conserving 80 percent of the forest and 65 percent of the mangroves.

Come to Mayakoba and discover the magnificent Mayan Jungle from your dream residence!

Get to know the Mayan Jungle living in Mayakoba Residences.

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