Natural Attractions in Cancun

Explore the natural and outdoor wonderland of Cancun

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Visitors flock to Cancun for a variety of reasons, from festivals and sporting events to authentic cuisine and Mexican culture. While you may plan you trip to Cancun based on one of those reasons, the natural beauty of this Caribbean destination will keep you coming back for more.

A small sampling of the many ways to explore nature includes zip lining, horseback riding, hiking, cave rafting and kayaking. Adventurers of all lifestyles and budgets will be able to hone in on their ideal method of connecting with Cancun’s natural wonders.

From government-protected sanctuaries to zip line, Cancun has collected a wide range of activities and attractions designed to showcase the wonders of nature. Whether you’re exploring the avian-filled ecosystems of the Sian Kaan Biosphere Reserve or riding horseback as your animal tour guide trots towards the beach, Cancun’s natural paradise is sure to leave you with a deeper appreciation for the outdoors. With such a large buffet of nature-based adventure at your fingertips, the hardest decision will be picking which activities to enjoy.

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Garrafon Reef Park

Do you enjoy being under the open sky? You can explore a couple of hiking trails and two nature preserves in and around Cancun.

Punta Nizuc National Park is a popular nature preserve located in Cancun. Located right off the shore of one of the most popular vacation destination of the Caribbean, Punta Nizuc National Park is a underwater park that is a must for any diver that wants to experience what Mexico has to offer.

Those looking to find a another great natural attraction will enjoy exploring sites like Garrafon Reef Park. Garrafon Reef Park takes advantage of the natural reefs, cliffs, and ocean by creating a haven for those who love splashing around in the water. Offering a number of water activities, a restaurant, and a bar, this is a great place to spend a day.

Take a minute to read the table below for more information.

Nature Preserves and Hiking In and Around Cancun
Name Type Location
Bluffs Trail Hiking Trail 3.6 mi. Southeast of Central Downtown Isla Mujeres Isla Mujeres
Garrafon Reef Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 4.2 mi. South-Southeast of Central Downtown Isla Mujeres Isla Mujeres
Hiking Trails Hiking Trail 1.5 mi. South of Central Downtown Isla Mujeres Isla Mujeres
Punta Nizuc National Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 4.4 mi. South of Central Cancun Beach Hotel Zone Mexico

Caves

Even though most visitors to the area have heard about the beautiful coastline, those aren't the only way to enjoy the area's natural wonders. The one example is Caves And Arches. It is found within Isla Mujeres, Northeast of Cancun.

Parks

Vacationers can also spend some time in several parks in and around Cancun.

Parque De Las Palapas is located in downtown Cancun. Parque de las Palapas is a favorite amongst local Cancun residents, a fact that is evident especially on Friday nights around 7:30 when live jazz and salsa is played and the dancing begins. On Sunday afternoon, you can listen to the lovely music of the Cancun Municipal Orchestra.

The parks worth looking into are listed below.

Parks In and Around Cancun
Name Type Location
Kids Park Benito Juarez Park Downtown Cancun
Parque De Las Palapas Park Downtown Cancun
Pirate Mundaca Park Park 3.1 mi. South-Southeast of Central Downtown Isla Mujeres

Zoos and Aquariums

Crococun Zoo

If the thought of passing some time surrounded by animals sounds like fun, you should visit Croco Cun Zoo. If you'd like the zoo to provide transportation for you, they suggest buying a ticket with this service included at least a day in advance.

Another similar attraction is Crococun Zoo. For an up close experience of some of Mexico's native wildlife, Crococun is a great place to check out. This crocodile farm features a wide range of exhibits from large and fearsome crocodiles to babies that you can pet and hold.

View the following table for more information about what's available.

Zoos and Aquariums In and Around Cancun
Name Type Location /th>
Croco Cun Zoo Zoo 2.5 mi. North of Central Puerto Morelos Mexico
Crococun Zoo Zoo 1.9 mi. South West of Central Riviera Cancun Mexico
Interactive Aquarium Cancun Aquarium 1.1 mi. North-Northeast of Central Cancun Beach Hotel Zone Mexico
Pepe's Tigres Zoo 6.1 mi. East-Southeast of Central Cancun Mexico
Tortugranja Aquarium 2.8 mi. South-Southeast of Central Downtown Isla Mujeres Isla Mujeres

Land Formations

Another idea is to visit some of the more interesting naturally occurring land formations. Other options like these in Cancun are displayed directly below.

Land Formations In Cancun
Name Type Location
Bahia de Mujeres Bay 5.9 mi. East of Central downtown Cancun Mexico
Cuevita Cove 1.1 mi. South of Central Downtown Isla Mujeres Isla Mujeres
Laguna Makax Lagoon 2.1 mi. South-Southeast of Central Downtown Isla Mujeres Isla Mujeres
Sac Bajo Reef Reef 1.4 mi. South of Central Downtown Isla Mujeres Isla Mujeres
Sac Bajo Reef Reef 1.4 mi. South of Central Downtown Isla Mujeres Isla Mujeres

Luckily, you can find other types of attractions. Use this link to read our extended discussion of other interesting attractions for Cancun.

 

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