Natural Attractions in La Gloria

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La Gloria is a destination that is generally chosen by those looking to get away from the busier tourist towns in the Mexican Caribbean.  There is one type of attraction that is favored by these types of visitors: natural attractions.  Surrounded by mountains, there are numerous hiking and sightseeing opportunities that involve little more than a good pair of shoes and the desire to be active. 


Aktun Chen Cave System

Even though most visitors to the area are drawn by the beaches, that isn't the only way to enjoy the natural wonders available. La Gloria and nearby areas some great options, including 4 caves.

You might want to visit Cristalino Maya Cenote, which is located in southwestern La Gloria. This cave has a cenote in it that is perfect for taking a quick swim, but many cave divers love this spot as well. Features of the cenote include an overhanging ledge that is fun for jumping into the water.

An additional attraction Jardin Del Eden Cenote. It is found within southwestern La Gloria. Loved by snorkelers and scuba divers, Jardin Del Eden Cenote is a refreshing stop on your tour of Playa del Carmen.

The chart below offers some key facts concerning caves.

Caves In and Around La Gloria
Name Type Location
Aktun Chen Cave System Cave 11.1 mi. West-Southwest of Central La Gloria
Chac Tun Cave Tour/ Paintball City Cave 13.7 mi. Northeast of Central La Gloria
Cristalino Maya Cenote Cave 1.8 mi. South West of Central La Gloria
Jardin Del Eden Cenote Cave 1.8 mi. South West of Central La Gloria


Kantun Chi Eco Park

Guests can visit several parks nearby.

Kantun Chi Eco Park is found 2.0 mi. South West of central La Gloria. Travelers who visit its underground rivers, get captivated by the blue of its crystalline clear waters and the millenary rock formations, causing an outstanding atmosphere like few other places in the world. Be part of a tour inside the cave surrounded by speleothems and swim through an underground river with two cenotes inside.

A second attraction in this category is Tajmahal Cenote. The entrance to Tajmahal is 26 kilometers south of Playa del Carmen, on the west side of Highway 307.

The parks available are summarized below.

Parks Near La Gloria
Name Type Location
Kantun Chi Eco Park Park 2.0 mi. South West of Central La Gloria
Plaza 28 De Julio Park Park 12.9 mi. Northeast of Central La Gloria
Tajmahal Cenote Park 3.2 mi. South West of Central La Gloria

Zoos and Aquariums

Xaman-Ha Aviary

If the thought of passing some time at the zoo sounds like fun, you should visit Dolphin Discovery. Get ready to be up close and personal with some friendly sea animals. Dolphin Discovery offers four main programs that are sure to be remembered.

A second related venue is Xaman-Ha Aviary. The well-cared for Xaman-Ha Aviary is set on 32 acres of Playacar, and features over 30 species of nature birds, amounting in around 200 individual birds.

Look through the chart below for more information.

Zoos In and Around La Gloria
Name Type Location
Dolphin Discovery Zoo 0.9 mi. South-Southeast of Central La Gloria
Xaman-Ha Aviary Zoo 12.2 mi. Northeast of Central La Gloria

Land Formations

Another idea is to go see some of the more interesting area land formations. Other types of natural attractions in La Gloria are displayed below.

Land Formations In La Gloria
Name Type Location
Azul Cenote Pond 1.8 mi. South West of Central La Gloria
Chikin Ha Cenote Pond 1.9 mi. South West of Central La Gloria

Bear in mind, you can find other types of attractions. To navigate to our detailed page about other attractions, go to this page.


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