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.
Do you hope to enjoy more of your vacation under the open sky? You may be happy to learn the area has several interesting nature preserves available.
Jungle Place is a great nature preserve located in 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.
Be sure to look at the following chart to learn more.
|Jungle Place||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||4.4 mi. South West of Central Akumal|
|Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||2.3 mi. South of Central Riviera Cancun|
|Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||14.0 mi. North of Central Punta Allen|
Although most tourists have heard about the beaches, those aren't the only way to enjoy the natural wonders available. Riviera Maya offers multiple choices, including 4 caves.
You may enjoy visiting Aktun Chen Cave System, which is found in 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.
A second attraction Cristalino Maya Cenote. It is located in the vicinity of La Gloria, in central Riviera Maya. Popular amongst locals as well as tourists, the Cristalino Cenote is easily accessible and favorites for swimming and diving.
The table just below lists more details on caves.
|Aktun Chen Cave System||Cave||6.2 mi. Northwest of Central Akumal|
|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|
Guests can spend some time in one of the many parks, as well as a botanical garden in Riviera Maya.
Kantun Chi Eco Park is situated in the vicinity of La Gloria, in central Riviera Maya. 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.
A second popular 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 worth considering are provided below.
|Kantun Chi Eco Park||Park||The vicinity of La Gloria, Central Riviera Maya|
|Park||10.4 mi. South-Southwest of Central Akumal|
|Park||Downtown Playa del Carmen|
|Park||0.0 mi. East of Central Punta Allen|
|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|
|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|
|Park||8.9 mi. South West of Central Akumal|
If the thought of spending part of a day at the zoo sounds like fun, consider visiting 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.
Another related option is 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.
Look through the table just below if you want more information.
|Crococun Zoo||Zoo||1.9 mi. South West of Central Riviera Cancun|
|Dolphin Discovery||Zoo||Puerto Aventuras, Central Riviera Maya|
|Zoo||4.7 mi. South-Southwest of Central Akumal|
|Xaman-Ha Aviary||Zoo||1.6 mi. South West of Central Playa del Carmen|
Another idea is to visit some of the more interesting area land formations. Other options like these in Riviera Maya are listed in the chart below.
|Pond||5.8 mi. South of Central Tulum|
|Pond||3.1 mi. North of Central Tulum|
|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|
|Reef||0.9 mi. East of Central Akumal|
|Hot Spring||9.0 mi. Northeast of Central Tulum|
|Pond||20.9 mi. South-Southwest of Central Akumal|
|Hot Spring||5.1 mi. West-Southwest of Central Tulum|
|Pond||13.9 mi. South West of Central Akumal|
|Pond||19.3 mi. South-Southwest of Central Akumal|
|Pond||19.3 mi. South-Southwest of Central Akumal|
|Reef||0.8 mi. East of Central Akumal|
|Reef||0.8 mi. Southeast of Central Akumal|
|Harbour||Puerto Morelos, Northeastern part of Riviera Maya|
|Hot Spring||5.8 mi. West-Southwest of Central Tulum|
|Reef||0.6 mi. South-Southeast of Central Akumal|
|Other Natural Formation||2.5 mi. Northeast of Central Puerto Morelos|
|Reef||2.2 mi. Northeast of Central Punta Allen|
|Yal-Ku Lagoon||Lagoon||1.1 mi. Northeast of Central Akumal|
Luckily, Riviera Maya is home to other attractions. To read a more detailed discussion of other attractions, go to this page.
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