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On my day at the plantation I did not stand around watching the workers loading bananas all the time. We also had a look around the domains and the savanna surrounding the cultivated land – And we were traveling with style.
On the back of a mule I saw plenty of the amazing nature and exotic wildlife of Tabasco. I was offered a horse, but haven’t been riding for 25 years a stubborn donkey felt safer than a bolting stallion.


Photo: Dan Freed

Out of two mules which of no one liked me I was – reason unknown – offered the one rejected me the most. But, well saddled we worked together like…
A tractor, it did not go fast, but we moved forward.

With a risk of repeating myself, the nature around here is magnificent. And with the environmental friendly landowners terrain not yet turned in to a plantation is left for the wild.
All kinds of tropical animals can be spotted here and on paths to narrow for vehicles we had a chance to get up close and see nature undisturbed.

Howling monkeys having a siesta in a tree by the river


Photo: Dan Freed

From the smallest hummingbird to lurking jaguars they all have their place and a protected area here. Even when the workers run in to venomous snakes or hunting predators on the plantation they have strict orders not to kill. They can try to move or scare them away, but the land are taken from the wild, accordingly the wild have its rights.

Unfortunately Tabasquenos in general, as people in the rest of the world, don’t care much of the nature they live in and littering is a big problem.
Joel, our host, assemble the workers and people living on his land every two week for a clean up day and you see an unbelievable amount of trash along the roads.

Protected area in Tabasco, Mexico. No littering

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