At 25 miles (40 km) away from the busy vacation capital of Cancun, Isla Contoy is a pristine and protected island, where you can observe and enjoy thousands of birds, fish, and other wildlife in a virgin island setting.
Established as a protected natural reserve by the Mexican government, access is restricted to a maximum of 200 visitors per day so as to minimize the impact of tourism on the island’s natural resources.
There are no permanent inhabitants living on the island. There is, however, a dedicated team of scientists who make Contoy their temporary home as they study its precious animal and plant wildlife. The visitor’s center and research facilities will make you feel like you are producing your own NatGeo show!
Activities to Enjoy on Isla Contoy:
The Contoy Island Tour from Ecotourism-cancun.com will take you to live an amazing adventure on a virgin island, complete with a visit to the ecological museum…a key feature of this Mexican Caribbean ecotourism tour.
Sail through the wonderful waters of the Caribbean until reaching the carefully protected reef at Isla Contoy.
Marine biologists will teach and delight you with a magnificent explanation about the wildlife that inhabits this place, also known as Bird Island.
As you explore the island and swim in its pristine waters, you’ll feel what it would be like to spend time on a deserted island paradise, far from land and where you are a part of nature.
Manta rays will swim right up to you long the beach.
Enjoy a delicious grilled fish for lunch, part of that morning’s catch freshly brought to you by fishermen from the nearest island.
On the way back we will take you to Isla Mujeres to enjoy a little island shopping in their picturesque “downtown” area.
Isla Contoy is truly one of the jewels of the Mexican Caribbean! If you are coming to Cancun or the Riviera Maya for your next vacation, definitely make sure to spend some time on Isla Contoy! Contact ecotourism-cancun.com today and check out our Facebook pageand if you like our information, give us a like!
The original Xochimilco located in Mexico City , is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the country . Its historical monuments , traditions and culture have survived the passage of time. Xochimilco is a true example of how Mexico ‘s pre-Hispanic customs remain: the chinampas , canals , trajineras therefore has earned the title of Cultural Heritage granted by UNESCO .
On board colorful lit trajineras, set sail through the most beautiful canals of Cancun, delight yourself with the incomparable sound of marimba and the songs of the Mariachi; try the exquisite flavors of the Mexican cuisine by tasting several culinary delights, enjoy a unique atmosphere filled with joy and folklore, and be part of an outstanding fiesta of music and color. Come to Xoximilco and discover a true Mexican fiesta.
Dare to try the chapulines (baby crickets) or taste our traditional food. Discover the real Mexican cuisine, a perfect blend of fresh and contemporary ingredients. Your dinner includes an open bar of tequila shots, beer, sodas and fruit-flavored water.
It is open Monday through Saturday throughout the year, the departure time of the first trajinera is at 6:30 pm , the duration of Xoximilco tour is 3 hours approximately.
Xoximilco has 40 trajineras , each one with up to 20 people.
Decorated with motifs from the 32 States of Mexico, the famous trajineras, that were once used for transporting flowers, fruits and vegetables grown in floating gardens, have become a means of transportation and a cause of joy for all those who come to Xoximilco se arching for a unique moment they can only experience here in Cancun.
Cancun and Riviera Maya has to offer to the world a key part of the culture of this nation so full of music , color and unforgettable sensations …. Viva Mexico !
Thank you. It was an amazing memory. We were so amazed with the service from the time we were picked up until we got drop off. The park was so beautiful and clean. Very well maintain. The breakfast buffet was lots of choices. The service of rental snorkeling equipment was very well organized and clean. Free towel and locker was a big plus.
I have to give a thumb up for the life guard. First, I lost 1 of the snorkeling flipper shoe. It felt at the bottom floor of the water. The guard dive in to picked it up. The second time, I drop my sun glasses while zip lining. I called the guard and he dived to get my glasses. It was prescription sun glasses. Thank you so much. We love the hammock.
1.There are no photographer for Zip lining. Only the hammock lining. Maybe should add another fotography for that.
2. Extra bathroom on the way to the activity area will be nice. Overall experience was a 5 stars park. Will come back next year. Keep up a good work.
Thank you, Leo, Julie and Alex
Sian Kaan, Mayan word which means “place where the sky is born” was the first Biosphere Reserve established in Mexico. It is located south of the state of Quintana Roo, about 2 hrs away from Cancun. Today is a World´s Heritage Site declared by UNESCO, and is of high conservation priority for the people and government of Mexico. It is the third largest protected area of the country and is composed of 600.000 acres of tropical ecosystems that range from lowland forest, flooded savannas, mangroves and a portion of the second largest barrier reef in the world, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. The reserve is home to more than 800 species of plants and provides habitat for over 350 species of birds, as well as for the jaguar, puma, ocelot, howler and spider monkeys, crocodiles and many species of turtles. In addition, the Biosphere Reserve of Sian Ka’an is home to 23 archaeological sites of pre-Columbian culture.
If you want to visit Sian Kaan, it’s best to come to the Riviera Maya or Tulum, were there are nice and green hotels.
Xplor is a park in Riviera Maya that is focused on adventure tourism and offers four extreme activities.
One of the activities are the two circuits on the Jungle Canopy, measuring up to 45 meters high, which feature water landings, 2 suspension bridges and a slide, making them different from other zip lines circuits of the Riviera Maya.
It also has the good fortune of having under the ground, an underground river system of indescribable beauty where you can swim and canoe between stalactites with a history of 65 million years.
The latest attraction but by no means the least important, are the amphibious vehicles that you drive yourself to explore the jungle trails on the shore and underground caverns.
The 4 activities that the Xplor park offers are held the same day and are really exciting.
The Xplor Tour has a limited number of visitors per day, so whatever you do on your next vacation to Cancun or Riviera Maya Do not miss this experience, and we will hardly recomended to book ahead if you are looking for comming in high seasoon.
Garrafon Natural Park is the largest water park in Isla Mujeres – Cancun Mexico it has one of the most beautiful coral reefs in the world. Isla Mujeres is located just 25 minutes by boat from Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico.
If your purpose on your vacation in the Yucatan Peninsula is to practice a bit of ecotourism adventure, At Garrafon you will find unique natural beauties and fascinating adventures in and out of the water. Its crystal clear waters and gentle currents allow you to enjoy the wonders of the underwater world. It is the ideal place to practice different water activities like snorkeling, kayacking. You can also do kayak or enjoy climbing a tower or zip line over the ocean.
Garrafon is the perfect place to tan under the sun and taste the great seafood and fast food. Inside the park you can buy handicrafts, traditional clothing or beach cloths.
If you also want toswim with dolphins, you can do it on the same day, since we stop to the Isla Mujeres dolphin station on the way to Garrafon.
Park opens daily from 8:30 AM to 5:30 P.M. And closed on Saturday
Cozumel, the largest inhabited island in Mexico, known worldwide for its magnificent coral reefs, is located in the Caribbean Sea, about fifty miles from Cancun and forms (with two inland enclaves Calica and Xel-Ha), one of the nine municipalities in the state of Quintana Roo.
Recognized internationally because Cozumel holds the second largest barrier reef in the world, Cozumel offers a wide range of water sports to practice as diving, sport fishing, snorkeling and kayaking. Chankanaab Park is one of the most visited parks of the island.
Most of the territory is undeveloped and the center of the island is covered by lush jungle and swampy lagoons and its the household of a hundred birds and mammals. At the southern end lies Punta Celerain and its historical lighthouse, as well as the Colombia Lagoon, home to numerous endemic species and other life forms in danger of extinction, such as sea turtles. Also, on the island there are several archaeological Maya sites where, even today, you can feel the mysticism of the past. The peculiar contrast that forms the white coast, tropical vegetation and turquoise of the sea, added up with the hospitality of the people are an invitation for tourists to enjoy an unforgettable vacation.