Revillagigedo Archipelago

Sea volcanoes in Mexico

Mexico’s natural wonders extend beyond its well-known terrestrial volcanoes like Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl. Few are aware of another marvel hiding in the middle of the Pacific Ocean – the Revillagigedo Archipelago.

These volcanic islands are recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Situated approximately 800 km west of Manzanillo and 400 km south of Cabo San Lucas, the Revillagigedo Archipelago comprises four remote islands: San Benedicto, Socorro, Clarión, and the islet of Roca Partida.

Rising from an underwater mountain range, these islands boast landscapes that appear straight out of a science fiction film – active volcanoes, dramatic cliffs, lava ridges, and arches amidst the relentless waves.

The highest peak, Mount Evermann on Socorro Island, reaches a staggering 1700 m above sea level. Despite their isolation, these islands are teeming with life, making them a haven for scientists and nature enthusiasts.

The archipelago was declared a Biosphere Reserve in 1994.

One of the most remarkable aspects of the archipelago is its endemic flora and fauna. Among the 25 species of seabirds inhabiting the islands, there are some of the rarest and most spectacular birds on the planet.

The surrounding waters of the archipelago are equally vibrant, hosting an astonishing variety of marine life, including over 321 species of fish, sharks, giant manta rays, and 16 different species of whales and dolphins.

Beneath the surface lies a hidden world of invertebrate species, from colorful crustaceans to intricate corals and mollusks. The unique ecosystem provides crucial habitats for these marine creatures, contributing to the overall health of the Pacific Ocean.

With their stunning landscapes, diverse wildlife, and fascinating geological history, these remote volcanic islands offer a truly unforgettable experience for adventurous seeking to explore Mexico’s lesser-known gems.

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