Tours of the Estero El Salado (Estuary)
The Estero el Salado Protected Natural Area (PNA), comprises an area of 417 acres, of which approximately 334 acres are marshes and mangrove vegetation; the rest is made up of two medium-sized remnants of rain forest bordered by aquatic and subaquatic vegetation, prickly forest and secondary vegetation.
On July 27, 2000, the government of the State of Jalisco enacted legislation placing the location as a Protected Natural Area under the category of Ecological Conservation Zone (ECZ). The Estero el Salado has a scientific council composed of nationally and internationally renowned specialists in various conservation fields.
Its connection to the ocean is permanent, through a channel almost 20 meters wide, 3 meters deep, and 2 miles long, which flows into the ocean. Its fresh and sea waters make it an ideal place for the development of many species of flora and fauna in extremely healthy conditions.
So far it has a register of more than 100 bird species, grouped into 23 families, of both aquatic and terrestrial habits. Over 29 amphibians, reptiles and mammals have been spotted as well. Among the reptiles are the green iguana, garrobo iguana and river crocodile. Among the mammals which have been observed in the mangrove are raccoons and opossums. There are abundant populations of fiddler and stone or Morrocan crabs in the marshes and mangroves. The estuary is home to a large number of specimens of flora and fauna considered to be in categories established as protected by SEMARNAT.
Get acquainted with and enjoy this beautiful natural area with tours through the estuary. Here is some information about the tour:
The tours through the Estero el Salado are led by a biologist, traveling about one kilometer on the vessel named “La Aventurera”, from which visitors will be able to observe the great diversity of wildlife, the 3 species of mangrove and their main features. You can also climb the watch tower, from which you can look out over all the Protected Natural Area.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
9:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm y 3:00 pm
9.00 am, 11:00 am y 1:00 pm
Reservations are mandatory
Duration of the tour: 2 hours
Meeting Place: Door 4, on Francisco Medina Ascencio Ave, facing the Naval Hospital.
Recommendations: Wear comfortable clothes, shoes and a hat, and bring biodegradable insect repellent, a water bottle, and a camera or video camera.
Information and Reservations: