Natural Attractions in Riviera Maya

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The beauty of the Riviera Maya is believed to be unmatched by millions.  From coastal property to inland forests, the terrain, flora, and fauna are so varies that you'll encounter differences within each town you visit.  From underwater cave to conservation areas, you won't want to miss the opportunity to get outside and learn about the important role Mother Nature plays in keeping this area vibrant.

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Do you hope to spend more of your vacation time outdoors? You may be pleased to know the area has a few interesting nature preserves available.

Jungle Place is a popular nature preserve found within Riviera Maya. The Jungle Place is a sanctuary for endangered Spider Monkeys in the Mexican Caribbean, most of which have been rescued from life threatening situations. The owners care for these animals as if they were a part of a family, and on a rare basis, allow guests to come visit with the monkeys and explore the habitat.

Nature Preserves and Hiking In Riviera Maya
Name Type Location
Jungle Place Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 4.4 mi. South West of Central Akumal Mexico

Caves

Aktun Chen Cave System

Although most vacationers are attracted by the beautiful water and coastline, that isn't the only way to enjoy the natural wonders available. Riviera Maya offers some great choices, including 4 caves.

You might want to visit Aktun Chen Cave System, which is located within Riviera Maya. The tour of the cave system is a 656 yard walking tour that leads visitors through paths that have been made safe to walk on. Of particular note within the caves are the domes and the 39 foot deep cenote filled with water.

Another attraction Cristalino Maya Cenote. It is located in the vicinity of La Gloria, in central Riviera Maya. 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.

The chart directly below lists some key facts concerning caves.

Caves In Riviera Maya
Name Type Location
Aktun Chen Cave System Cave 6.2 mi. Northwest of Central Akumal
Chac Tun Cave Tour/ Paintball City Cave 3.7 mi. Northwest of Central Playa del Carmen
Cristalino Maya Cenote Cave The vicinity of La Gloria, Central Riviera Maya
Jardin Del Eden Cenote Cave The vicinity of La Gloria, Central Riviera Maya

Parks and Botanical Gardens

Kantun Chi Eco Park

Guests can spend some time in one of the many parks, or a botanical garden in Riviera Maya.

Kantun Chi Eco Park is found in central Riviera Maya. Kantun-Chi is an exotic and relaxing paradise situated in the jungle of the Mayan Riviera. This ecological destination envelops the senses of its visitors with its impressive bodies of water and the soft murmur of its jungle.

Another attraction in this category is Selvatica. Selvatica is the most popular, and award winning, Eco-adventure facility in the Mexican Caribbean. With everything from zip-line tours to cenote swims, you can experience the great outdoors in a whole new way.

The parks and gardens you'll be able to find are displayed in the table below.

Parks and Gardens In Riviera Maya
Name Type Location
Kantun Chi Eco Park Park Central Riviera Maya
Manati Cenote Park 10.4 mi. South-Southwest of Central Akumal
Plaza 28 De Julio Park Park Downtown Playa del Carmen
Punta Allen Park Park 0.0 mi. East of Central Punta Allen
Selvaje Cenote Park 19.3 mi. South-Southwest of Central Akumal
Selvatica Park 16.1 mi. North of Central Playa del Carmen
Tajmahal Cenote Park Central Riviera Maya
Vaca Ha Tortugas Cenote Park 13.6 mi. South West of Central Akumal
Xunaan Ha Cenote Park 6.5 mi. South West of Central Akumal
Yax-Che Jardin Botanico Botanical Garden 4.5 mi. South West of Central Riviera Cancun
Yaxmul Cenote Park 8.9 mi. South West of Central Akumal

Zoos and Aquariums

Crococun Zoo

If the concept of spending part of a day 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.

A second related venue 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.

Check the following table to learn more.

Zoos In Riviera Maya
Name Type Location
Croco Cun Zoo Zoo 2.5 mi. North of Central Puerto Morelos
Crococun Zoo Zoo 1.9 mi. South West of Central Riviera Cancun
Dolphin Discovery Zoo Puerto Aventuras, Central Riviera Maya
X'Cacel Turtle Conservation Area Zoo 4.7 mi. South-Southwest of Central Akumal
Xaman-Ha Aviary Zoo 1.6 mi. South West of Central Playa del Carmen

Land Formations

Another fun idea is to go see some of the more interesting naturally occurring land formations. Other types of natural attractions in Riviera Maya are shown in the following table.

Land Formations In Riviera Maya
Name Type Location
Aktum Cenote Pond 5.8 mi. South of Central Tulum
Aktun Ha Cenote Pond 3.1 mi. North of Central Tulum
Azul Cenote Pond The vicinity of La Gloria, Central Riviera Maya
Chikin Ha Cenote Pond The vicinity of La Gloria, Central Riviera Maya
Crocodile Swamp Swamp 3.7 mi. South of Central Riviera Cancun
Dick's Reef Reef 0.9 mi. East of Central Akumal
Dos Ojos Cenote Hot Spring 9.0 mi. Northeast of Central Tulum
El Encanto Cenote Pond 20.9 mi. South-Southwest of Central Akumal
Escondido Cenote Hot Spring 5.1 mi. West-Southwest of Central Tulum
Gran Cenote Pond 13.9 mi. South West of Central Akumal
Kaape-Ha Cenote Pond 19.3 mi. South-Southwest of Central Akumal
Kaape-Ha Cenote Pond 19.3 mi. South-Southwest of Central Akumal
Morgan's Reef Reef 0.8 mi. East of Central Akumal
Motorcycle Reef Reef 0.8 mi. Southeast of Central Akumal
Puerto Morelos Commercial Port Harbour Puerto Morelos, Northeastern part of Riviera Maya
Regina Cenote Hot Spring 5.8 mi. West-Southwest of Central Tulum
Tortuga Reef Reef 0.6 mi. South-Southeast of Central Akumal
Underground River Other Natural Formation 2.5 mi. Northeast of Central Puerto Morelos
Xohken Reef Reef 2.2 mi. Northeast of Central Punta Allen
Yal-Ku Lagoon Lagoon 1.1 mi. Northeast of Central Akumal

Luckily, there are some other kinds attractions available. To visit our detailed page about other attractions, go to this page.

 

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