Natural Wonders of Yucatan
Without a doubt, the natural beauty and magic of Yucatán will captivate you, as you get back to nature with a gift for the eyes and the heart
Sian Ka'an was recently discovered and it is now the most important natural park in Mexico. Habitat to many endangered and important species. The beaches of Sian Ka’an constitute a very important habitat and nesting grounds for many species of wildlife.
Calakmul Biosphere Reserve
Among the wonders of the State of Yucatan is the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve. It was first established in 1989 and it is a great forested area filled with parrots, jaguars and other amazing animals that are indigenous. It was once one of the largest and powerful ancient Mayan cities of that time. Today it is an important archaeological site as well.
The Celestún Estuary
Home to the Flamingo colony as well as the over 300 different bird populations. After the boat tour you visit the warm sands of the pristine Celestun beach. Take a 90 minutes boat trip into the mangroves and admire the impressive wetlands.
San Crisanto Mangroves
Under the surface of Yucatán lies a labyrinth that makes up its elaborate subterranean caves. These ancient spaces are sacred to the Mayans and are in fact a sight to behold. The beauty and mystery of these natural rock formations lure visitors from all over the world.
Lol Tún Caves
Located in the Puuc area, the Lol Tun caves are the largest cave system in the state of Yucatan. Scientists have found mammoth bones as well as fresco paintings on the walls, faces, animals and other decorative symbols.
Enter through the "Balam Throne," an ancient Mayan altar and chamber filled with stalagmite formations resembling the sacred ceiba tree. While you’re there visit the outdoor museum and experience the light and sound show.
Fresh Water Springs
The word cenote comes from the Mayan word dzonot, meaning “cavity of water.” Cenotes are unique archeological formations, which were also sacred places for the Maya. These water filled bodies were thought to represent the entrance to the spiritual underworld. There are four different types of cenotes - completely underground, semi-underground, land level, and open wells.
Some of the more notable cenotes located in Yucatan:
Close to Chichen Itza the "Sacred Blue Cenote", is a well-type cenote with waterfalls. The lush jungle like environement of hanging vines and waterfalls make it the perfect place to cool down after experiencing the magic of Chichen Itza.
Take a horse drawn cart ride down the old henequen rails of an old hacienda to the three sweet water springs. These cenotes have unique stalactite and stalagmite formations. You will have the chance to explore the caves and swim in the cool clear waters of the underground cenotes Chelentun "laying down rock", and Bolonchoojol "nine drops of water". Chansinic'che "tree with small ants".