You will be able to enjoy many activities in the Riviera Maya, its soft white sand beaches will invite you to enjoy a beautiful sunset while you are drinking a refreshing margarita; its crystal clear waters are the perfect place for practicing fun water sports like snorkeling, scuba diving, water skiing and sailing. The ancient Mayan ruins at the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve will allow you to have a close encounter with history, in a natural enviroment that we working to protect here in Mexico.
SIAN KA’AN BIOSPHERE RESERVE
Sian Ka’an means “the place where the sky is born”, and it was named a world heritage site in 1987 by UNESCO. Its relevancy is due the huge biological diversity within its boundaries. Some 1,048 different species of plants have been identified, that are native of the Gulf of Mexico and the Antilles; also there are 103 mammal species, 339 bird species, 90 native bees, 318 species of morning time butterflies and 86 species of corals, among many others. Endangered species that are present in the area are the ocelot (a small jaguar), the ocofaisán, jaguarondi, the puma and the jaguar.
The visitor can enjoy a lot of different activities inside the Biosphere, such as watching manatees (an endangered species), practicing sport fishing, or kayaking in Punta Allen.
MAYAN RUINS, TULUM
This archeological zone is known for its beautiful white sand beaches, and it is very important to the history of Mexico because of the testimony of its murals, painted on the walls of some ancient buildings, and because it was one of the most important walled cities in the Mayan civilization.
Its strategic location was very important for commerce since; it was located on the northern point of the east coast, and its wall was crucial in its history. The highest tower, called “The Castle” was fully functional when the Spanish explorers arrived, in the XVI century.
There is evidence that shows that Tulum was the capital of an independent province, set apart from the rest of the provinces. The Mayan Residential Architecture, the picturesque murals and traces of temples for the gods or sacred objects to the gods of wind, the creeks and the descending god, are some of the legacies of the great civilization of the original inhabitants of these lands.
PUERTO MORELOS CORAL MARINE RESERVE (Marine Coral Reef Park)
The great coral reef that is located in Puerto Morelos is today a national park with spectacular marine biodiversity. It was declared a natural protected area by the federal government in 1998. Due to this, the community of Puerto Morelos is sustained by activities related to the ecosystem, be it fishing, tourist activity, or scientific investigation.
Currently over 600 marine species have been identified as well as 264 species of algae, dolphins, protected marinemarine turtles, and diverse species of corals, also in conservation state. However, investigations continue since we know there is marine life that has not yet been discovered.
GRANJA DE TORTUGAS (Turtle Farm)
For nature lovers, this is a fascinating experience. Hundreds of giant turtles come from May to September each year to lay eggs on the soft, white sands. To ensure that these animals (in danger of extinction) are not killed by hunters in search of their eggs, this area has been declared a protected zone. Thousands of eggs are taken to a protected area to guarantee their birth and growth, later to be returned to the sea.
More than just an inhabited island, this is a sanctuary for birds. It is located 45 minutes North of Isla Mujeres and has an observation point on a tower that gives us a spectacular panoramic view of the impressive Mexican Caribbean. There are several excursions available throughout the day with a limited capacity. For this reason reservations are obligatory.
This lake has one of the best sunsets in Mexico. It is fed by marine waters fomr the Sigfrido and Nizuc Canals. It is also surrounded by beautiful flora and is the ideal place for a romantic outing, or the ideal scene for the most extreme aquatic sports.
Xcaret is an eco-archaeological park where you can learn about the culture of Mexico, the flora and fauna of the region and perform various aquatic activities such as diving, snorkeling, swimming with dolphins, snuba and sea trek. Xcaret is also the precursor of the conservation of the natural environment and is distinguished by the preservation of species in danger of extinction such as the turtle (white and loggerhead) and the manatee. Located only 5 minutes from Playa del Carmen, Xcaret was opened in 1990 and is currently one of the most visited parks in Mexico. Xcaret boasts beaches, coves, rivers, caves, an aviary, underground rivers, coral reef aquarium, hatchery, butterfly garden, apiary, orchidn greenhouse, a Mayan village, Mexican cemetery and diverse local fauna as jaguars, toucans, flamingos and macaws.
In the cultural sphere, Xcaret is distinguished by the archaeological vestiges of the ancient Mayan city of Polé, where the Mayans departed in pilgrimage to Cozumel to worship the goddess of the Moon and fertility, Ixchel. Its 'Spectacular Mexico' celebration is an emotional tour of highlights from the culture and history of Mexico.
Xel-Ha, or "place where water is born," is one of the most magical spots in the Riviera Maya. It is an incredible "natural aquarium" where the ocean combines with the freshwater currents of springs and underground rivers, forming a fascinating ecosystem. This stunning creation of nature is surrounded by thick jungle, caves, cenotes, and even a couple of small archaeological sites, a snorkeling paradise. The park is the perfect habitat for all forms of flora, fauna, and marine life.
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