25 Incredible Paradises for Ecotourism in Mexico
25 Incredible Paradises for Ecotourism in Mexico

25 Incredible Paradises for Ecotourism in Mexico

Mexico has a great variety of flora and fauna, as well as a large number of shelters for extraordinary species. Our coasts are chosen by the gray whale to reproduce, our deserts and forests are large natural sanctuaries, we have the second largest reef in the world, in our seas inhabits the 39% of marine mammals and also, throughout the length and breadth of Mexico has more than 176 protected natural areas, 5 of them considered by UNESCO as a Natural Patrimony of Humanity. Just for this and much more, we believe that Mexico is a paradise for ecotourism.

Join us to know some of these places and discover the colors that Mexico has for you:

1 Cabo Pulmo National Park, Baja California Sur.

Cabo Pulmo Baja California Sur

Cabo Pulmo is the only coral reef in the Sea of ​​Cortez, it is more than 25,000 years old and is home to more than 226 marine species. Thanks to the fact that it is a National Park, fishing is prohibited, diving and scientific exploration being the main activities in this place full of magic and life.

2- Calakmul Biosphere Reserve, Campeche.

Calakmul Campeche Biosphere Reserve

In a surface of 331 thousand hectares of jungle is Calakmul. A region full of historical evidence of the coexistence between man and nature. With more than 38 archaeological sites and Mixed Well World Patrimony of Humanity by UNESCO from the 2014. This natural reserve is the main one in Mesoamerica and the second largest in all of America, home to thousands of species of animals and plants.

More information about Tours to Calakmul.

3 Akumal, Riviera Maya.

Akumal Riviera Maya

Akumal, in the Mayan language, means "Place of Turtles", is one of the most spectacular beaches of the Riviera Maya and they are also a natural sanctuary for sea turtles, which have inhabited the planet for more than 150 million years. Learning to swim with our grandmothers turtles in their natural environment is one of the best experiences you can have in life. Enjoy the Ecotourism in Mexico in the style of the Riviera Maya !.

Offers of Hotels in the Riviera Maya

4 Xilitla, San Luis Potosí.

Jardin de Xilitla

Xilitla, besides being the home of the only Surreal Garden of the World, built by Edward James, is a magical town where gastronomy, culture and traditions are the perfect combination for ecotourism.

See information on circuits to Xilitla.

5 Nevado de Toluca National Park.

Laguna Nevado de Toluca

In a few places in the world you will have the opportunity to enter the crater of a volcano. In the Nevado de Toluca National Park, there is an extinct volcano. Its altitude reaches 4,690 meters above sea level and is the 4ª highest natural formation in Mexico. In its crater there are two lagoons: the Sun and the Moon, which can be accessed by car through a dirt road from the bottom of the volcano.

Let's climb! More information here.

6 Bacalar, Quintana Roo.

Laguna de Bacalar Quintana Roo
Photo: Adalberto García

Magical town and magical lagoons. To the south of the Mayan Riviera and shortly before reaching Chetumal, capital of Quintana Roo, you will find the Laguna de Bacalar, is also known as the lagoon of the 7 colors for its different shades of blue. It's like being in the Caribbean Sea but in fresh water. You can go out by kayak or paddle board to navigate its calm waters to enjoy the first rays of the sun. Or go sailing at dusk and leave may the moon illuminate your way back to the People. It will be something wonderful !.

More information about Tours in Bacalar

7 Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary.


The migration of the Monarch Butterfly to Mexico occurs every year between the months of November to March. It's one of the most amazing natural phenomena in the world, and it occurs when millions of these small travelers arrive from the United States and Canada in search of a better climate to the forests located between Michoacán and the State of Mexico. The amazing thing is that none of the millions of butterflies that arrive in Mexico have been here before, but they are the the kids who made the trip last year. Here you can see information.

8 Lagunas Montebello, Chiapas.

Lagunas de Montebello Chiapas

Formed by 59 lagoons, Montebello is one of the most amazing tourist attractions of Chiapas. It has more than 7,000 hectares of jungle and pine forests. The intense blue color of its waters is the product of vegetation, the type of soil and the refraction of light. Here you can sail, camp or enjoy photographing the landscape. Its main lagoons are Laguna Encantada, Esmeralda, La Cañada, El Ensueño and Bosque Azul, among others. Visit them!

Information about Chiapas Tours

9 Reserva Natural Park Ría Lagartos, Yucatán.

Rio Lagartos Yucatan

Río Lagartos is a fishing port in Yucatan. There are small hotels, restaurants and inns. But a few minutes by boat you will find the Ría Lagarto Biosphere Reserve, a place with one of the best ecosystems of wetlands that subsist in Mexico. Home of migratory birds, molluscs, crustaceans, flamingos, pink spoonbills, ibis, herons and egrets, storks, among others.

10 Costa Occidental National Park of Isla Mujeres, Punta Cancun and Punta Nizuc.

Snorkel Musa

On the sea and in front of the beautiful beaches of Costa Occidental National Park of Isla Mujeres, Punta Cancun and Punta Nizuc. This National Park is part of the "Great Mayan Reef" It is home to 35 species of scleractinian corals and 37 of soft corals; of various species of marine invertebrates, sponges, mollusks, snails, oysters, octopuses and 11 species of dolphins and whales. Here is also the Underwater Museum of Art (MUSA), a museum under the sea with more than 500 sculptures that rest forever at the bottom of the sea. It should be mentioned that this museum under the sea was created with the intention of mitigating the flow of visitors to the natural reefs, and with it decrease the impact of activities such as diving or snorkeling in this protected area.

Information about MUSA Cancun.

11 Pantanos de Centla, Tabasco.

Pantanos de Centla Tabasco

The Pantanos de Centla, in the state of Tabasco, are composed of lowlands and wetlands. They were declared a Biosphere Reserve. It is the most extensive wetland in North America and one of the most important 15 in the world. It contains a great variety of ecosystems and biodiversity, with 4 different types of magle, freshwater species, invertebrates, chelonians and other reptiles. It is located at 45 kilometers southeast of the community of Frontera, Tabasco.

12 Petrified waterfalls of Hierve el Agua, Oaxaca.

Hierve El Agua Oaxaca

One hour by car from Oaxaca, there are the petrified waterfalls of Hierve El Agua. In the place there are several ideal pools to take a dip and while doing it you can contemplate the mountains of the valley of Oaxaca. It is better to travel during the week, since the pools are not very big and both locals and tourists enjoy them. If you like photography during the rainy season, the area presents incredible landscapes and the streams and mountains in the surroundings are full of life.

Information about Tour to Hierve el Agua, Oaxaca

13 National Reef Marine Park of Cozumel.

Traveling Snorquel Isla Cozumel

Cozumel is the Diving paradise in Mexico, there are more than 55 places to do it and 30 kilometers of reefs. One of the most visited is the Palancar Reef, since it has spectacular caves and chasms that are a challenge to the imagination.

See here Offers to Travel to Cozumel

14 Selva Lacandona, Chiapas.

Walk through the Lacandon Jungle

It is land of Lacandones and one of the best places to practice adventure tourism. It has an area of ​​almost 2 million hectares and is located in the eastern mountains of the State of Chiapas. The Lacandon jungle can be known on foot, navigating between its rivers or lagoons by kayak and boat. Here are two of the most interesting Mayan archaeological sites as they are Yaxchilan y Bonampak. All this and more surrounded by an exuberant habitat, home to animals that are in danger of extinction.

Information about Circuits through Chiapas

15. Reserve of the Biosphere of Sian Ka? An.

Sian Kaan Quintana Roo

Sian Ka? An, it means: ?Where does the sky begin? It is the most important wetland of the Riviera Maya and is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO from 1987. It is a natural reserve, home to more than 3929 species, most endemic and some endangered. If you are visiting Cancun or some point of the Riviera Maya, give yourself the opportunity and come to know this ecotourism paradise.

Information about Tours to Sian Kaan

16 Barrancas del Cobre, Chihuahua.

Barrancas del Cobre Chihuahua

It is an extensive and rugged canyon system in the middle of the Sierra del Estado de Chihuaha. It is deeper and more extensive than the famous Grand Canyon of Colorado. It is also home to Tarahumaras or Rarámuris, an indigenous community that has stood out in recent years as high-resistance runners, competing in international marathons and ultra-marathons with very good results. At Adventure Park Barrancas del Cobre is the largest zip line in Mexico and two suspension bridges over 100 meters high.

Information about Circuits to Chihuahua.

17 Isla Holbox, Quintana Roo.

Isla Holbox

A list of paradises for ecotourism without mentioning Holbox, would be like a taco without sauce. Holbox is a small island north of Quintana Roo, you can get here by leaving from Cancun or Mérida by road until you reach the Puerto de Chiquilá, from where you can take a boat. Holbox is part of the reserve of the Biosphere and Flora and Fauna Protection Area Yum Balam. In Holbox Island the streets are sandy, few are paved and as a means of transport you can use the bicycle or rent a golf cart. Some of its attractions are Island Birds, Isla Pasión and Yalahau, the latter a waterhole that is said to have healing properties and as a "fountain of youth".

Information about Tours to Holbox.

18 Bay of Conception, Baja California Sur.

Bahia de Concepcion Baja California Sur

It is considered the most beautiful corner of Baja California Sur. It is located between the municipality of Mulegé and Loreto. The colors, its beaches, the tranquility and the contrasts make this place a paradise. The Beaches and Armenta Beaches are the first ones that you will find in a route from south to north, but one of the most beautiful and visited is El Requesón Beach. In this area there are no hotels or large resorts, only small cabins to rest, but if you like adventure, come camping!

19 Basement of the Swallows, San Luis Potosí.

The Basement of the Swallows is the most beautiful vertical cavern in the world and is located in Aquismón, San Luis Potosí. It is a natural refuge for birds. It measures 376 meters of absolute vertical and a depth of 512 meters, with 50 in diameter. You can practice sports such as caving, parachuting and rappelling. It is incredible!.

20 Jalcomulco, Veracruz.

Jalcomulco Veracruz

At 5 hours by road from Mexico City (7 by bus), is the town of Jalcomulco. It is a destination considered as the Mecca of Rafting in Mexico. There are small hotels like cabins and camps. Descend at great speed through the Actopan rivers, Fish or Antigua is very fun and also an activity full of adrenaline.

Here you can see information about Ecotourism in Veracruz.

21 Peña de Bernal, Querétaro.

Pena by Bernal Queretaro

Ecotourism or ecotourism is one of the practices that seeks to sensitize travelers about the importance of taking care of our environment, but at the same time the economic growth of local populations. Penalty of Bernal, Querétaro, is a magical town located at the foot of the third largest monolith in the world, which you can climb and descend abseiling to discover incredible landscapes. In its picturesque town you can find large houses, cobbled streets, small hotels and exquisite food. Worth it!.

Information about Tours to Peña de Bernal, Querétaro.

22 The Huasteca Potosina, San Luis Potosí.

Waterfall Tamul San Luis Potosi

La Huasteca Potosina It is a place to experience the outdoors and enjoy all the magic of being in contact with nature. Landscapes that tell stories, trails for long walks, waterfalls, kayak rides or canoes, as well as a large number of birds make it one of the great destinations for ecotourism. The Tamul Waterfall, it is the highest of the waterfalls, it has a drop of more than 100 meters and in its rivers you can practice rafting.

See information on circuits to the Huasteca Potosina

23 Route of the Cenotes, Puerto Morelos.

Cenote Dos Ojos Riviera Maya

Cenote diving is one of the best water activities you can take out in the Riviera Maya. And although there are dozens of places where you can practice diving in the region known as the Ruta de los Cenotes, located between Puerto Morelos and Playa del Carmen, you will find the best options for diving in caves. I assure you that the experience is one of the best you can experience in your entire life, since you will be surrounded by Hundreds of stalactites and stalagmites will literally make you feel in another world. It is located a few minutes before arriving to Tulum from Playa del Carmen.

Information about Diving tours in Cenotes

24 Izta-Popo National Park.

Izta-Popo National Park

To 23 kilometers of Amecameca, State of Mexico and to 3,660 meters above sea level is a place known as Paso de Cortés, meeting point of the Izta-Popo National Park. In this park you can have the best view of the Iztaccíhuatl and Popocatépetl volcanoes, besides knowing the conservation works that are carried out in this protected area. At the moment it is not allowed to ascend to the volcanoes, since the Popocatépetl volcano, is in preventive phase, but it is possible to cross four interpretive paths that without doubt will strengthen your link with nature.

Information about Tours to the Volcanoes in Mexico City.

25 Sima de las Cotorras, Chiapas.

Sima de las Cotorras Chiapas

La Sima de las Cotorras It is a place to explore, watch birds do activities such as abseiling, hiking and taste the good cuisine of the state of Chiapas. This geological formation is very close to Tuxtla Gutiérrez and every day at dusk one of the most extraordinary natural phenomena occurs in nature, when thousands of parrots return to this home, falling from the sky in a green spiral until they reach the trees at the bottom. You imagine?.

Enjoy what we have in Mexico, you could be missing something wonderful.

Share your Travel Tips

William Gonzalez Editor in MexicoDestinos.com Proudly Cozumeleño and Cancunense by accident, neither here nor there, always with the backpack on your shoulder, with one way tickets but not back ...