The Riviera Maya continues to offer undeniable beauty in its nature and eco parks. It is a perfect place to discover lush jungles, the Caribbean Sea, coral reefs, and white sand beaches. To protect these beautiful natural wonders, several projects, hotels, and parks have developed methods of conservation and environmental protection measures to preserve these natural treasures. Thanks to these conscientious efforts, many endangered plants and animals have been saved from extinction. Visitors to the Mexican Caribbean can continue to enjoy the unexpected and wonderful surprises of the Riviera Maya nature parks.
Isla Contoy: Contoy Island was declared a National Park in 1988, but its natural wonders have been protected by the Mexican government since 1961 including its secluded white sand beaches and native palm trees. With more than 150 bird species, it is identified as the most important nesting place for sea birds in the entire Mexican Caribbean. It is located 30 miles north of Isla Mujeres.
Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve: This biosphere reserve is located south of Cancun. The beautiful site is a protected nature reserve and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Consisting of 1.3 million acres of land, Sian Ka’an expands over 70 miles along the Caribbean coastline. The visitor’s center is located 11 miles (18 kilometers) south of Tulum on the beach road which leads to the fishing village of Punta Allen. Some of the attractions include: sustainable training, kayaking, bird watching tours, sea turtle eco tours, and bicycling across the reserve.
Tres Ríos Nature Park: This eco park in the Riviera Maya is one of the most beautiful areas of tropical Yucatán jungles, located just outside of Playa del Carmen. The private, protected nature park provides an array of ecotourism adventures and educational experiences. Park activities include snorkeling, diving, swimming, kayaking, hiking, and guided tours. Tres Ríos is also home to a bird sanctuary, botanical garden and nursery, and 10 natural cenotes. Hacienda Tres Ríos’ guests have exclusive use of the park.
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