While Cancun definitely has a cheesy tourist side, there are ample ways to see the city's more natural side. Cancun is a tropical paradise with nature preserves close by and many opportunities to see the marine biodiversity firsthand. Whether you're looking to snorkel, hike, or just sit on the beach, Cancun offers opportunities for the whole family to get back in touch with nature.
The Sian Kaan Biosphere Reserve
The Sian Kaan Biosphere Reserve is best known for being a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1986. It is one of the largest parks of its kind in the Cancun area. The park encompasses 1.3 million acres of preserved public land, mostly coastal jungle. It has a variety of ecosystems including coral reefs, mangroves. beaches, dunes and tropical jungles. The ecosystems house 350 species of birds. You can tour the park by kayak, float down the river or take a bird-watching tour.
Community Tours Sian Kaan
Avenida Tulum s/n, entre Beta Norte y Orion,
Tulúm, Quintana Roo, México
(52) 984 871 2202
Isla Mujeres is a small fishing village located just across the bay from Cancun. It's a sleepy laid-back village loaded with natural beauty. It's perfect for a day trip and is easily reached by boat. Take a snorkeling or scuba diving tour of the island and check out the Manchones and Lighthouse Reef. The trips include necessary gear, lunch, beverages and a bilingual guide.
0052 (998) 884-53-33
Marine Turtle Tour
One of the most fascinating ecotours in Cancun is Eco Color's Marine Turtle Tour. The tour is available only when the marine turtle eggs are hatching between June and September, but it is well worth making the trip. The tour is one day long, inside the Sian Kaan Biosphere Reserve. The tours include a professional biologist or naturalist to explain to you what you are seeing along the way. Make sure to bring insect repellent, a bathing suit and long-sleeved cotton clothing.
Smz.27 Calle camarón no.32
Cancún Q. Roo México C.P.77509
52 (998) 884-3667 8849580