Standing in the distance of the arid Punta Chueca rises the gorgeous and expansive Tiburon Island. This treasure of Mexico is the country’s largest island and holds an immense and impressive collection of botany and wildlife.
The island become a natural reserve in 1963 by President Mateos and in 1975 the local Seri Tribe were given the title of communal property to the area. While the island is now uninhabited, save for the military installation on the East side, permits are granted for day trips and overnight stays. The Seri Indians are hoping hunting will soon be allowed on the Island as Bighorn sheep were recently introduced to the area.
The channel between the mainland and the island is called Hell’s Channel, Canal del Infiernillo, and has become the story maker for many fishermen and adventure-seeking tourists. The shady name comes from the quite difficult tidal currents and sand bar that make navigation quite a task, but also quite invigorating for the avid sailor.
The area is a luxury for outdoor enthusiasts offering pristine beaches and amazing ecological finds. Because of the preservation status of the area, much of the land stands as it was thousands of years ago. The land of Tiburon Island rises from the ocean offering a total escape from Mexico’s mainland. The flora and fauna exhibit the harsh qualities that have allowed for the survival of this ecosystem. Tiburon Island stands as a modern marvel of Mexico’s ancient history that still inspires today.