When one thinks of paradise, it's easy to conjure images of azure oceans and golden sands. But the Islas Marías, a group of islands off the Pacific coast of Mexico, present a paradise of a different hue: a vivid, kaleidoscopic landscape of flora that would make even a seasoned botanist's heart skip a beat.
You've probably never heard of the Islas Marías, and that's a shame. This archipelago is a lesser-known gem that stands as one of Mother Nature's most dynamic canvases. It's home to a dazzling array of vegetation so distinctive that 11 species can be found nowhere else on Earth. According to records from the National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO), 326 varieties of plants and five species of fungi have been verified here. And these aren't just any plants; these are the rockstars of the plant kingdom.