Garrafón National Park, Isla Mujeres ,
Aquatic and Recreational Natural Park located in Punta Sur
in Isla Mujeres, the island’s southernmost tip, is known for its
lovely reefs and spectacular cliffs (highest elevation in the Yucatan
and home to an ancient Maya temple). These cliffs and their vantage
points offer dazzling views of the island, the Caribbean and Cancún
beyond.. Open daily 8:30 AM to 6:30 PM. Carretera El Garrafón
2.2 Km south of Playa Lancheros. Tel: Cancun (9) 884 9422
Parque The name is Maya for "the cave with a cenote inside."
The Aktun-Chen cave system is thought to be at least 5-million years
old and is the only grotto discovered that is above ground. Guides take
you on a fascinating journey through the cave to explore ancient stalactites
and stalagmites ending at the underground cenote with its eerie shades
of green. This natural wonder is very popular with children and adults
alike. Open Daily: 8:30 AM – 6 PM. Located Hwy. 307, Km 107 between
Akumal and Xel-ha. Tel: 98/50 41 90
The miniature zoo and crocodile farm just south of Cancun
is a favorite with
children. It houses a collection of reptiles and mammals indigenous
to the area. Crococun offers fun, educational tours where you get to
handle a baby crocodile, play with reptiles and feed the deer. Open
Mon-Sat, 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM. Highway 307, Km 30.
Tel: (9) 8 50 37 19. For more information visit our
This beautiful park is built on the site of the ancient Mayan port
of Polé, spectacularly framed by the turquoise Caribbean and the
emerald green exuberance of the surrounding jungle. Among the many
attractions, you'll find its unique underground rivers, a reef aquarium,
a wild bird breeding aviary, the butterfly pavillion and a botanical
garden; besides, there are various archaeological sites as well
as replicas in the park's own museum. You can also enjoy optional
activities such as swimming with dolphins. A variety of restaurants
offer authentic mexican cuisine and seafood. Enjoy Xcaret at Night
(included in your ticket), a journey through Maya traditions such
as the ball game and the new fire ceremony. Finally, enjoy a kaleidoscopic
display of folklore at the open air theater. Open daily April to
October daily 8:30 AM to 10 PM, November to March, daily 8:30 AM
to 9 PM. No evening show on Sundays. Highway 307, Km 72, Tel: (9)
883-3143 or 883-3144.
– Ecopark An exquisite, explorable natural
wonder to snorkel pristine waters, full of friendly tropical fish.
Experience caves and cenotes. Grab a float or jacket and drift down
a tranquil, spring-fed inland river past electric-green mangroves
to the main inlet. The Tulum-Xel-Ha Tour: a combination of Mayan
archaeology and the beauty of the mexican caribbean in a one day
trip. Full-service amenities include live music, restaurants and
shops. Ask for the 'All Inclusive' option and the Swim with Dolphins
Program. See the brochure in your hotel's lobby. Contact your travel
agent, or call us in Cancun at 84-9422 or in Playa del Carmen 87
Tres Riós There is plenty to do at this nature park: bicycle
on jungle paths, canoe along a jungle river, snorkel in the cenotes
or kayak on the ocean. The beaches are equipped with beach chairs,
palapas and hammocks for those who just want to lounge. Additional
tours include guided kayak tours into the specially protected estuary
to bird watch, diving and snorkel tours to the reef, horseback riding,
and fishing. Open daily 9 AM – 6 PM. Located 40 minutes south of
Cancun. Highway 307, Km 60. Tel: Cancun office: (9) 887-8077 or
Park Office: 987-8078.
Xaman-Há Aviary This 1,800
square meter (5,400-sq ft) oasis is located in Playa del Carmen,
40 minutes south of Cancun. Xaman-Há means "waters of the north"
and there are actually three cenotes at this conservation aviary
devoted to the preservation of the endangered birds of southeastern
Mexico. Trails on a narrow path take you into the jungle where there
are hundreds of plants and gorgeous tropical flowers. Most commonly
spotted birds are ducks, ibises, egrets, storks, pelicans, frigate
birds, hawks and flamingos. A large enclosure called the Flying
Cage is home to the more exotic birds such as the scarlet macaw,
keel-billed toucan, green parrots and flint-billed woodpecker. Also
on the grounds are squirrels, iguanas, raccoons and other small
animals. Bug spray and binoculars are a must to make the trip enjoyable.
Cameras and video cameras are welcome. Open daily: 8 AM – 5 PM,
best time for bird watching is from 9 AM – 11 AM or from 4 – 5 PM.
Admission: by donation. Located in the Playacar complex, Paseo Xaman-Há,
Playa de Carmen. Tel: no phone.
Xpu-há Xpu-há is an all-inclusive
ecopark featuring the beautiful flora and fauna of Quintana Roo.
The beach here wide with clear waters so it’s perfect for a variety
of water sports and Xpu-há offers snorkeling, windsurfing, boogie
boarding, kayaking and scuba diving. You can also explore the jungle
on bicycle or take a kayak through the mangroves to see the wildlife.
Guided tours take you through a white deer farm and to the on-site
aviary where colorful macaws, toucans and parrots make their home.
Tropical food and drink, included in the price of your ticket are
offered at the palapa style restaurant. North of the park is Cenote
Manatee, one of the largest waterholes in this region and the Xpu-Ha
lagoon where, it is said, the endangered species of manatees can
still be found. Open daily 8 AM – 6 PM. Located Highway 307, 1.5
hours south of Cancun. Tel: (9) 885-0020
Punta Laguna Punta Laguna is
a tiny Mayan community about 15 kilometers northwest of the ruins
of Cobá. With the support of the Mexican government (Pronatura –
Yucatán), the locals decided to declare their surrounding jungle
a reserve and have built a small palapa bar on one side of the lagoon.
For a small fee local children or the village leader Don Serapio
and his sons will take you along the jungle trails pointing out
birds, animals, plants and Mayan ruins along the way. The final
destination is a large cave that is home to a band of spider monkeys.
The best time to see the monkeys is at dawn or dusk. The lagoon
itself is a lovely spot with herons, kingfishers and crocodiles.
There are no official tours to Punta Laguna so it’s suitable for
travelers who don’t mind venturing out on their own but it does
offer you the chance to met some local Maya families and support
a growing community. Hours are flexible. You can take a bus to Cobà
and ask for directions from there. Located on the Tulum-Cobà-Xcan
road, 15 kilometers west of Cobà ruins.
Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve The
Maya call it “where the sky is born” and Sian Ka’an is a perfect
name for this 1.3 million acre of unspoiled wilderness where the
sky reaches out endlessly over sea and land. First settled by the
Maya in the 5th century AD, Sian Ka’an became a biosphere reserve
in 1986. A year later, UNESCO named it a World Heritage Site. The
reserve constitutes 10% of the land in Quintana Roo, encompassing
100 meters of coast along with freshwater and coastal lagoons, mangrove
swamps, watery cays, savannahs, tropical forests, and a barrier
reef. It is home to hundreds of species of birds, fish, mammals
and plants including the endangered jaguar. Sian Ka’an is one of
the last undeveloped stretches of the North American coastline and
to keep it that way much of the reserve is off limits to humans.
There is a rugged coastal road, ending in the small fishing village
of Punta Allen that goes through a mangrove area where many birds
can be seen. The best way to see this amazing place is with a guided
tour, which includes bird watching, a tour of the mangroves and
a visit to one of the 27 Maya ruins in the area. Located 3 hours
south of Cancun, past Tulum, on the road to Boca Paila and Punta
Allen. For tour information contact: Amigos de Sian Ka'an (Friends
of Sian Ka’an). Plaza America, Av. 5 Cobá, Suites 48-50, Cancun.
Tel: (9) 884-9583.
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