Nature Nature Quintana Roo

The technicolor coast: turquoise, corals and giants of the sea.

The paradisiacal shores of Quintana Roo offer extraordinary opportunities to enjoy some of the most intense experiences in nature. Swim with the giants of the sea or playful dolphins, dive in cenotes (sinkholes) or just let yourself go and enjoy the natural spectacle.

Swim with thousands of colorful fish along the enormous coral reef, while watching barracudas, moray eels and even stingrays. The best places to dive are Sian Ka'an, with its 110 km of reef, and the extraordinary Chinchorro and Xcalak reefs. Tours leave from Majahual and Xcalac. But the king of these waters is the whale shark. There is a unique opportunity between June and September to swim with these gentle giants, who can grow up 16 meters long. The Tiburón Ballena (Whale Shark) Biosphere Reserve can be reached from Isla Morena, Chiquila and Holbox.

The Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve has virgin beaches, lagoons and mangrove forests. Turtles spawn in the wetland here and it is also a habitat for seabirds and crocodiles. In addition to the idyllic coves for snorkeling in Akumal, you can also swim in the beautiful cenotes here.Aktun Chen has the largest cave system in the State. Some great family activities are the visits to eco-parks, crocodile farms or places where turtles lay their eggs and where you can swim with dolphins.

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If you are keen on bird watching, get your field guide ready because you'll find more than 300 types of birds in Quintana Roo. 152 species nest in large colonies at Isla Contoy National Park. You can get there from Cancun or Puerto Juarez.

Get away from it all and find your paradise in places like Isla Holbox, Isla Mujeres, Cozumel or Bacalar Lagoon. They are perfect places for hiking, canoeing or snorkeling. Contact the people who know nature the best in Quintana Roo to organize your trip.

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