Chamela-cuixmala biosphere reserve
Careyes sits at the center of the Chamela-Cuixmala Biosphere Reserve and set aside wetlands in Playa Teopa for preservation in 1994. With a combined area of 36,000 acres, the Biosphere Reserve hosts 70 species of mammals, 270 species of birds, and over 1200 species of plants.
Featuring some of the most interesting vegetation in Mexico, the area is best known for its dry, tropical climate and its distinctive combination of jungle, mountains, wetlands, and coastline. A variety of wildlife can be spotted around the protected land of Teopa, including crocodiles, wetland birds, and small mammals.
Biologists fromt the Estación Biológica de Chamela (IBUNAM), a research outpost of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, study and monitor the many species that thrive here.