Naturaleza y Aventura

Nature and Adventure

The Mexican Caribbean is a natural paradise and a destination like few others when it comes to adventure thanks to its diverse natural settings where you can forget about daily life and connect with the flora and fauna of the region. Your adventures can be as extreme or as calm as you’d like. 

You may not know it, but 20% of Quintana Roo’s territory is protected land. This includes sites that are natural protected areas, biosphere reserves, national parks, flora and fauna protection areas, and sanctuaries for various animal species. When you’re here, there are no excuses to not explore nature.

In the middle of the jungle

Seventy percent of Quintana Roo is covered by jungle. Dare to enter the thickness of it to live out memorable experiences in total contact with nature. 

If you travel in the company of friends or family, we recommend you go to the Riviera Maya —a region that extends close to 75 miles and is home to Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, and Tulum—where you will find some of the best natural spots and theme parks in the entire Mexican Caribbean. In addition to enjoying the beautiful landscape, you can do all kinds of activities in this region such as sliding through the treetops on a zip line, rappelling, driving ATVs, horseback riding, and so much more. Many of these locations have cenotes within their facilities. These natural pools of crystal clear water will add a touch of mysticism to your adventure itinerary where you can dive, snorkel, and even kayak or paddleboard while admiring the ancient stalactites and stalagmites found within the caves.

People on ATVs Crossing Rope Bridge

In the water

Perhaps the beaches and cenotes are the best-known waterscapes in our destination, but we also have lagoons, perfect places for people who want to be surrounded by nature without engaging in activities that require a high physical impact. Some of the most popular lagoons in the region are Kaan Luum lagoon and Yal-Kú lagoon (located a few miles from Tulum), Muyil lagoon (located in Maya Ka'an), and the lagoons found in the Grand Costa Maya: the Milagros lagoon, Guerrero, the Xul-Ha lagoon, and of course, the Seven Colors Lagoon in Bacalar.

Under the sea, the Mesoamerican Reef extends over most of Quintana Roo. This is the second largest in the world. This reef is home to several natural protected areas and national parks, including the Puerto Morelos Reef National Park, the Cozumel National Park, the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, and the Xcalak Reef National Park; all of which are habitats for an endless number of marine species, as well as being perfect for snorkeling and diving. Visitors to these parks can also interact with the local wildlife, such as diving with bull sharks, watching crocodiles or manatees, or swimming with whale sharks, which can be done from May to September.