Ecotourism in Cancun: Nichupte Lagoon


Thousands of species of plants and animals live in Cancun and the rest of the Yucatan Peninsula: colorful birds, reptiles, monkeys, leopards and jaguars. In the Caribbean there is beauty everywhere. Even though Cancun has experienced a huge boom in tourism, its residents have endeavored to keep the countryside in good condition, which makes it a very special destination. This is the reason why ecotourists- travelers who appreciate the natural world and combine it with their love of travel- are discovering this region and all that it has to offer.

The Cancun hotel zone has well preserved natural reserves. It is surrounded by the Caribbean Sea and the huge Nichupte Lagoon, bursting with waterfowl, fish, crocodiles, shellfish and mangroves. A unique journey through the jungle allows visitors to navigate the canals of the lagoon on their own jet skis, while observing the local wildlife. At dawn, joggers, cyclists and hikers can enjoy the magnificent scenery along the roads that run alongside the sea shore and the lagoon. Many marinas in Cancun offer “ecoadventures” on Nichupte Lagoon, which has become more popular than the jungle. Aboard your own watercraft you can take a guided tour through dense mangroves and visit a section of the largest coral reefs in the world, where you can snorkel, sunbathe and relax.

Another option is to make excursions to the reef aboard glass bottom boats, which allow you to admire the fish and coral without getting wet. Several marinas provide private boats that can carry between 2 to 200 passengers.


The Mexican hotels of IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts are in exceptional locations to bring their customers all the best qualities of the country: they are located a few meters from the beach, surrounded by nature and nearby the most important archaeological sites.”


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