“The Islas Marietas are not closed and certainly are not for sale,” assured Roberto Sandoval
The Governor of the State of Nayarit, Roberto Sandoval Castañeda, ordered only Playa Escondida to be temporarily off-limits, for restoration for about two months, to regulate and improve the conditions of the Islas Marietas, a recognized icon of Riviera Nayarit. According to the information published in the Riviera Nayarit’s blog, the National Commission of Protected Natural Areas (CONANP, by its acronym in Spanish) officially endorsed a release issued on April 21st. The agreement was reached after a meeting of the head of state with Alejandro del Mazo Maza, Director of Conanp.
“The Islas Marietas are not closed and certainly are not for sale,” assured Roberto Sandoval. “The islands are national heritage sites and part of the internationally renowned natural landscapes that can be found in our destination. They are still a tourism icon of the Riviera Nayarit and will remain so forever.”
The Director of Conanp added that “this is why we’ve made the decision to take action while we still can, when we can all work together, which is precisely what we’re doing.” He also pointed out the need for a joint strategy in order to achieve their goals.
There will be months of work which will involve specialists and authorities from the three levels of government to find alternatives to compensate the economic impact in the touristic sector that will occur during the rehabilitation of the Islas Marietas.
To guarantee the preservation of the zone, the new regulation would include strict rules to access to the zone: “this spot is the pride and joy of the people of Nayarit, but we also have to be responsible for the ecosystems and the natural attractions we have here in Nayarit, which is why we’re defending both the Islas Marietas and Nayarit’s service providers,” added the Governor.