Top 5 Eco Friendly Destinations in the Yucatan Peninsula

11 Sep 2009 / Comments Off / in Articles, Travel Ideas/by

Mayan ruins in Tulum

With the increasing trend towards protecting the environment, many people and businesses are taking measures to be “green” and eco friendly. In the tourism industry, the Riviera Maya has made a commitment to implement sustainable tourism in its efforts to protect the environment.

The Riviera Maya is one of the most desired travel places in the world. Stretching across miles of virgin, white sand Caribbean beaches, it is truly a paradise on earth. This area is one of the most appealing vacation spots, more than any other tropical place in the world.

Here are some of our favorite eco friendly places to visit in the Riviera Maya:

Cenotes near Puerto Morelos

Of the most impressive natural wonders in the Yucatan Peninsula are the cenotes, cave-like sinkholes with natural wells fed by underground rivers.  You simply must try swimming in the crystal-clear blue water of one of these renowned cenotes. Some of the most popular ones in the area are Verde Lucero, Boca del Puma, 7 Bocas, and Las Mojarras.

On your trip to visit the cenotes, you will also find a nature park worth seeing called the Selvatica.

Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve

Just south of Cancun is the Sian Ka’an nature reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, whose mission is to safeguard endangered species of animals and to make sustainable use of natural resources. Home to crystal-clear lagoons, mangroves, and lush jungles, Sian Ka’an has many native animals, such as pumas, spider monkeys, ocelots, jaguars, and others. With only a handful of fishing lodges on site, you’ll be enchanted by the quiet serenity nature offers here.

Akumal (Home of the Turtles)

Akumal is a fairly unknown area, home to pristine lagoons with water in nearly every shade of blue and one of the most beautiful Caribbean beaches.  With its many colorful fish, sea turtles, and marine life, Akumal is one of the best places for scuba diving and snorkeling. The coastal caves and caverns also provide a fantastic cave diving experience for skilled divers seeking underwater adventures.

Tulum

Tulum is the perfect blend of Caribbean beach, small town, and Mayan ruins. You can spend anywhere from a few hours to the whole day there. Tour the Mayan ruins’ archaeology site or relax at some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean. You can go sunbathing at the beach near the ruins, or swim north to the Boca Paila peninsula near the Sian Ka’an nature reserve.  No matter how long you visit Tulum, try to see it at night.  You’ll be inspired by how nothing but the moon lights up the town.

Hacienda Tres Rios Resort, Spa & Nature Park

If you want a vacation that doesn’t include the hassles of driving from place to place, your vacation spot is Hacienda Tres Rios, the first Endless Luxury, all inclusive, eco friendly resort in the heart of the Riviera Maya. Everything you may want or need is at the hotel or on the hotel grounds of Tres Rios Nature Park, including many things to do.

Originally a nature park alone, the vision behind building a hotel in the nature park was to create a travel place where people could not only spend the day but also spend the night.  Hacienda Tres Rios is the only hotel in the Yucatan Peninsula where three rivers merge into one and connect to the Caribbean Sea – a beautiful sight.

Tres Rios Nature Park covers 326 acres of tropical forests with over a hundred native plant and animal species.  It will undoubtedly keep adventure-savvy travelers busy, offering a wide range of vacation activities, including snorkeling in one of the ten cenotes, scuba diving along the second largest coral reef in the world (the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef), kayaking on the three rivers, “zip-lining” over mangroves, bird watching, bicycling, and much more.

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Liliane Khoury