Three ecoparks to enjoy the most
Living an extreme, fun and educational adventure while you get in touch with nature is only possible in the Riviera Maya. This area of Mexico is characterized by the richness of its biodiversity; Between beautiful beaches of fine white sand, mystic cenotes, abundant jungle and a great variety of animals, the states of Quintana Roo and Yucatán are the jewel of the Caribbean.
And what better way to live it for yourself than to launch one of the ecoparks that will allow you to make contact with Mother Earth without running the dangers of wild nature, or cause yourself - by accident - some damage to the ecosystem.
There are several alternatives of walks dedicated to living ecotourism experiences within the framework of a vacation in Playa del Carmen and its surroundings; Here we tell you everything you need to know about the best ecoparks.
Aktun Chen is one of the best ecoparks in the area, whose theme is the protection and conservation of the environment, the different species of fauna and flora and the conservation of the harmony of nature.
It has a large territory that offers many natural attractions such as: the cave, zip line, underground rivers, the cenote, among others.
To start the day, you can enter the cave to observe the natural decoration provided by the stalactites that hang from the ceiling and the columns that seem to stop the geological formations, while listening to the explanation of the guides on the evolution of the earth in its early years deformation.
Do you want more fun? Immerse yourself in the underground river and let yourself be carried away by the cool current that runs in the cave, stop to rest and admire the beautiful landscape that gives you the lighting of the sun, filtered by the roof openings, product of the thousands of years it has required The formation of the cave.
Later, you can slide down the zip line between the treetops and Experience the adrenaline while watching the vegetation and the birds.
Finally, walk the trails and watch the spider monkeys, white-collar peccaries and Agoutis who walk through the park, the tropical flowers and listen to the chatter of the parakeets and toucans that inhabit the jungle.
It is located just 30 minutes from Heart District. You can not lose this!
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Xel-Há is a true paradise for nature lovers and a unique natural aquarium of its kind. But in addition, it is a sustainable park whose origins come from the ancient Maya, who gave the name that would be preserved until today (Xel-Há in Maya means “where the water is born”).
Because of its privileged position, in pre-Hispanic times Xel-Há It served as a shelter port, shopping center, pilgrimage point and refuge for navigators, in addition to representing a food reserve during bad weather.
Tour its beautiful turquoise water cove with your fins, vest and snorkel (included in the entrance fee) and admire the hundreds of fish, rays and turtles that inhabit there. All while discovering the phenomenon of halocline and thermocline, a visual effect that results when the dense water of the sea and the sweet water of the rivers mix without ever merging.
The entrance fee to Xel-Há is around 1,800 Mexican pesos for adults and 900 pesos for children, and it is an all-inclusive pass so during your stay, you will enjoy all the food and drinks (with or without alcohol) you want.
It is located less than an hour from the Heart District, but do not worry because with the same park you can hire the transfer service, so that a comfortable van could pass you to the hotel.
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Xcaret is an impressive ecopark, created in a jungle environment dotted with cenotes, underground rivers, a transparent lagoon, beaches, reefs and jungle; Here you can explore vestiges of an ancient Mayan port and savor the mosaic of the most representative traditions of Mexico that are created and recreated within the Xcaret ecological and cultural park, which has first world facilities and technologies
In the Mayan language, Xcaret means a small cove, due to the entry of sea that enters the earth. Due to its location, it was an attractive point for the Maya who inhabited the area, who built a port, making Xcaret a great commercial center.
This place has more than 50 natural and cultural attractions where you meet nature in its wonderful setting rich in fauna and flora.
Start by swimming in the lagoon and exploring its passageways between the islets that are home to a large number of bird species or floating through the underground river; later live with sea turtles, manatee, spider monkeys and deer or visit its impressive coral reef aquarium.
But the best awaits you at night, during the impressive presentation Xcaret Mexico Spectacular, an experience that "enchina the skin" and makes one proud of being Mexican; In this show, music, dance, light and color are mixed that takes you through the history and joy of Mexico, ranging from ancestral representations, verbenas and mariachis to today's Mexico.
This is perhaps the closest park to the Heart District, since it is located 15 minutes from here. You just have to take a stretch of the federal Chetumal-Cancun highway.
It is the best known and you can perform various activities, have different packages and tours for all ages. The costs start from $1,500 pesos per person, but many of them already include food and drinks. Check your website for more information