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Along the Riviera Maya you will discover a wide variety of ecotourism options, allowing you to admire the spectacular wildlife at the main ecological reserves. You can also participate in projects to protect endangered species, such as marine turtles. The experience will put you in direct contact with nature, making it all the more enjoyable.

Reserva de la Biosfera de Sian Ka'an. At this biosphere reserve you will be able to observe lush jungle vegetation, flooded savannahs and palm groves. You can explore its wetlands and virgin beaches, which are home to more than 300 bird species. You can also discover more than 1,400 plant species and you might have the chance to spot mammals such as pumas, ocelots, jaguars, tapirs, spider monkeys and white-tailed deer.

Xel-Há. . Located 47 km (29 mi) south of Playa del Carmen off the Cancun-Tulum Highway 307. This ecological park has creeks, natural wells, lagoons and caves with underground rivers that empty into the sea. At this place you can admire a wide array of indigenous plant and animal species that inhabit Mexico’s southeastern region. Don’t forget to bring your camera for photos that will leave you with unforgettable memories.

Parque Ecologico Tres Rios. Located 11 km (7 mi) north of Playa del Carmen off the Cancun-Tulum Highway 307. This ecological park is nestled in a subtropical jungle, giving you close contact with nature and an unforgettable experience. Here you can trek along trails that allow you to observe subtropical vegetation and a habitat that is home to more than 100 animal species.

Xcaret. Located 8 km (5 mi) south of Playa del Carmen off the Cancun-Tulum Highway 307. This ecological park offers attractions you won’t find elsewhere, such as the archaeological ruins of one of the most important ceremonial centers of the Mayan culture. Its natural beauty is one of a kind and benefits from ponds, caves, underground rivers full of colorful fish, and a reef aquarium. At this spot you will find trails with educational information about the lush vegetation and the many indigenous animal species. You can also visit a butterfly sanctuary, an orchid nursery and an apiary. And if that’s not enough, you can experience the joy of swimming with dolphins.

Majahual. Located 145 km (90 mi) northwest of Chetumal on Highway 307. This quiet fishing village has a group of ecological bungalows that were built with local natural resources. They provide ideal lodging if you’re looking to relax amid the lush vegetation. Here you can see diverse forms of wildlife, particularly hundreds of local and migratory birds.

Playa Paamul. Located 15 km (9 mi) from Playa del Carmen, between Puerto Aventuras and Xcaret. This place offers various tourist services including bungalows, restaurants, convenience stores and 24-hour security. At this beach you can witness the arrival of sea turtles between May and July when they come to lay their eggs.

Parque Natural Aktun Chen. Located at Km 107 off the Cancun-Tulum Highway between Akumal and Xel-Há. In this park you’ll find one of Quintana Roo’s main cave systems. As part of its ecotourism activities, this reserve provides the opportunity to learn about the various animal species that live in the area, such as white-tailed deer, spider monkeys, badgers, wild boar, wild turkeys, iguanas and indigenous birds’ species.