The Cancun area is home to ecological parks, nature reserves and archaeological sites of Mayan ruins. All are unique, interesting, fun to visit and give travelers taste of the Yucatan Peninsula's natural wonders and ancient history.
The eco-parks of Xcaret and Xel-Ha wow thousands of visitors each year and are two of the region's most popular attractions. Visitors can learn about local flora and fauna and Mayan culture, and can snorkel, float down a lazy river or swim with dolphins. There are also areas created for relaxing, which feature hammocks and lounge chairs.
Isla Contoy and Sian Ka'an are both protected national parks. Isla Contoy is a small island that has been designated as a nature reserve. There are thousands of birds on the island, some of which live on the island year-round and others that migrate to the area year after year. Sea turtles nest on the island during the summer months. Visitation to the island is tightly controlled with only 200 guests allowed on the island each day.
Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve covers a massive 1.3 million acres and was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. Visitors to the reserve can kayak, go fly fishing, see Mayan ruins, or just relax and enjoy the tranquil surroundings. Off-the-gird eco lodging is available inside Sian Ka'an.
Tours to visit the various archaeological sites of Mayan ruins provide a glimpse into ancient Mayan culture and are a must when in the area.
Cancun also offers two water parks which are ideal for families and kids at heart.