Mexico is gifted with many natural parks and has numerous theme parks, which have a huge contribution on the country’s tourism. Here are some of the natural parks that you should not miss when visiting the beach city of Playa del Carmen.
Tres Rios is an ecological and adventure park on the Riviera Maya, Cancun and Playa del Carmen. The beach area is pristine and extensive. The park opens daily from 9 in the morning to 5 in the afternoon, although you can make special arrangements if you are in a group who would want an overnight camp out. A rich flora and fauna can be found in this place of unmatched beauty and unspoiled nature.
The Xcaret Ecopark is a Mayan inspired eco-archaeological theme park located 10 minutes south of the city. This is the area where ferries leave for the Cozumel island. It was of economic importance as it served as the major port of exchange and commerce for the ancient Maya. “Xcaret” is a Mayan word, which literally means “inlet.”
Xel-Ha Ecological Park
This park is the world’s largest natural aquarium. Located around 30 miles south of the city, it is very famous for its stunning limestone formations and the variety of brightly-colored tropical fish. “Xel-Ha” is also a Mayan term, which means “where the waters are born” or “water entrance”.
Located along the Riviera Maya, between Xel-Ha and Akumal, Aktun Chen is park that houses a cave system. The caves are believed to have been formed around million years ago by calcium carbonate and water. “Aktun Chen” is a Mayan word which essentially means “cave with an underground river inside”.