Welcome to Reserva de la Biosfera La Encrucijada
This large biosphere reserve protects a 1448-sq-km strip of coastal lagoons, sandbars, wetlands, seasonally flooded tropical forest and the country’s tallest mangroves (some above 30m). The ecosystem is a vital wintering and breeding ground for migratory birds, and harbors one of Mexico’s biggest populations of jaguars, plus spider monkeys, turtles, crocodiles, caimans, boa constrictors, fishing eagles and lots of waterfowl. Despite the apparent quantity of wildlife, you'd have to be very dedicated and patient to see many of the flagship creatures. Bird-watching, however, is good at any time of year, but best during the November-to-March nesting season. The reserve can be visited via access points from Pijijiapan and Escuintla, and lancha rides take you through towering mangroves.