Cozumel is known for its magnificent white-sand shores, blue Caribbean Sea, Mayan ruins, and amazing nightlife. You must also realize the mainland is developing into a destination for more adventurous vacations. The simple beauty of the state, comprising the countless cenotes and the lush jungle, make the Riviera Maya the optimal place to see an eco-park.
With over 50 attractions, Xcaret is an important eco-archeological park. Here you will find ancient Mayan ruins, cenotes, a butterfly structure, a coral reef aquarium, an underground Mexican wine cellar, a rotating scenic tower, and a Mexican cemetery. You will engage in activities such as a Mexican sweat lodge, swimming, snorkeling, and diving. Xcaret is known for its amazing Mexican folklore evening show and is located 4 miles south of Playa del Carmen. It is open 365 days a year from 8:30 am to 9:30 pm.
Unlike the other eco-parks, Garrafon is not located on the mainland, but on the island of Isla Mujeres. It is on a charming spot overlooking an aqua blue ocean. Activities include snorkeling, swimming, kayaking, zip-lining, biking and even lounging on handmade silk hammocks. The park is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
When you visit these places, remember to wear appropriate clothing and to carry your bathing suit and water shoes. Check if the park supplies towels. You will likewise need biodegradable sunblock and money for extras. Leave valuables in the safe at Stingray Villa and enjoy your vacation adventure!