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

Although most visitors come for the beautiful coastline, that isn't the only way to experience the natural beauty of the land. La Gloria and nearby areas some great choices, including 4 caves.

You might want to visit Cristalino Maya Cenote, which is found within southwestern La Gloria. Popular amongst locals as well as tourists, the Cristalino Cenote is easily accessible and favorites for swimming and diving.

A second place worth considering is Jardin Del Eden Cenote. It is located in southwestern La Gloria. This cenote is perfect for snorkeling and diving, and the owners allow just that. More adventurous visitors can jump off the 15 foot cliff into the water, while the rest can use the steps.

The table just below summarizes more information on the 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

Visitors can enjoy a few parks nearby.

Kantun Chi Eco Park is situated 2.0 mi. South West of central La Gloria. Kantun Chi is accessible just 250 meters from the highway, right in front of the Barcelo complex.

Another attraction in this category is Tajmahal Cenote. The Tajmahal Cenote is a popular spot in the Mexican Caribbean for those who thrill in cavern and cave diving.

The parks worth looking into are shown directly 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 concept of spending some time at the zoo tickles your fancy, consider visiting Dolphin Discovery. Make your vacation of a lifetime even more special by adding some dolphins into the mix. Dolphin Discovery offers a number of possibilities, most ending with guests swimming with the dolphins.

A second related venue is Xaman-Ha Aviary. Xaman Ha Aviary is a great spot for birders, who will be sure to see several different species of tropical birds throughout the jungle.

View the table just below to learn more.

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 naturally occurring land formations. Other types of natural attractions in La Gloria are shown in the following chart.

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 that La Gloria includes other attraction types. To read our complete page about other attractions, visit this page.


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