The Riviera Maya is home to some of the most beautiful and varied landscapes in all of Mexico. Besides beaches and jungle, you'll also find freshwater canals, mangroves, lagoons, inlets and cenotes (sinkholes). Nature parks in the Riviera Maya do a super job of showcasing the beauty and diversity of this spectacular Mexico destination.
Xcaret, the largest and most impressive theme park in the Riviera Maya, offers a wide variety of activities and diversions in a spectacular natural setting. Here you can snorkel in an underground river, learn about marine life in a living aquarium, walk through a butterfly pavilion, see jaguars and pumas, swim with dolphins or manatees, and learn about sea turtles.
Nature lovers will also find plenty to do at Xel-Ha, a natural aquarium park where fresh water from underground rivers meets the salt water of the ocean forming a particularly diverse environment for snorkeling. Admire the impressive variety of brightly colored tropical fish, or enjoy tubing, biking or walking around the park. It's a wonderland of cenotes, mangroves and lagoons.
Get up close and personal with crocodiles, monkeys, turtles, deer, peccaries and snakes at Croco Cun Zoo. This park got its start as a crocodile farm; now it's a zoo and interactive learning center where you can touch and feed some of the animals that are native to the area. Take a walk down a winding path through the lush jungle with a knowledgeable guide who will tell you all about the many protected species that live here.