10 Amazing Day Trips to Take in Cancun

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6. Sian Ka’an

Sian Ka’an means “Origin of the Sky” and is a biosphere reserve. Containing tropical forests, Mangroves and marshes the reserve is home to over 300 species of birds, manatees, turtles, crocodiles, jaguars and spider monkeys. The 1.3 million acres reserve is the largest protected area in the Mexican coastal area. In 1987 Sian Ka’an was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Property and is part of UNESC’S Man and Biosphere Program. Visitors to the reserve can expect to see creatures rarely seen in other areas. A valuable part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef lie within the reserves protected area. There are over twenty known archeological sites located within the reserve and almost 700,000 of the 1.3 million total acres are limited to scientific research only. Several tour operators can arrange day tours to and from Cancun.

Sian Ka'an Reserve Mexico

5. Tres Rios Eco Park

Located 35 miles south of Cancun lies the Tres Rios Eco Park. Enjoy kayaking, canoeing or riding a jet ski. You can take a hike on the trails through the jungle or ride horseback where you can get up close and personal with over 100 exotic species of animals. Enjoy snorkeling and viewing the many tropical fish swimming the coral reefs just offshore. The park has three rivers running through it flowing to the ocean and ten ceynotes (cave like sinkholes with natural water wells) where you can enjoy a cool dip in the water which will come as a welcome relief from the hot humid weather. There is also a beautiful white sand beach to relax on and enjoy the clear blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. With over 150 acres to explore it is a relaxing respite from the party atmosphere of Cancun.

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