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. 

Caves

Aktun Chen Cave System

Even though most vacationers come for the beautiful coastline, that isn't the only way to enjoy the natural wonders available. La Gloria and nearby areas multiple choices, including 4 caves.

You should consider visiting Cristalino Maya Cenote, which is located within 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.

Another option is Jardin Del Eden Cenote. It is found within 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 right below enables you to learn some details regarding 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

Parks

Guests can visit several parks in and around La Gloria.

Kantun Chi Eco Park is located within southwestern La Gloria. Kantun Chi is accessible just 200 meters south of the Barcelo Maya Hotel. Buses from Cancun drive right up to the property, while those driving can take Federal Highway 307 south from Cancun.

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 listed in the following chart.

Parks In and Around La Gloria
Name Type Location
Kantun Chi Eco Park Park 1.9 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 idea of spending some time with interesting animals sounds like fun, consider visiting 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.

Another related option 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.

Take a look at this table 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 fun idea is to visit some of the more popular naturally occurring land formations. Fully natural attractions like these in La Gloria are displayed 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

Luckily, there are additional attraction types available too. For a more comprehensive look at other attractions, go to this page.

 

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