The area where Playa del Carmen is nestled contains a large percentage of Mexico’s parks, reserves, and some of the best beaches in the Riviera Maya – with 20% of the territory being covered by some sort of environmental protection.
In the past five years there has been a number of developments in ecotourism in Mexico in these protected areas. Some of the ecotourism projects, like Sian Ka’an, make a solid effort to protect the natural resources and educate visitors. This is a truly beautiful, wild place, with many wonderful ecological attractions – wildlife, birds, tropical jungles, fauna, and much more.
However, if you’re ever on the lookout for what to do in Playa del Carmen, look towards the United Nations Important Wetland in Rio Lagartos, which is the site of the largest whale shark migration in the world. Here, you’ll also find over 375 species of birds, huge flocks of flamingos, manatees, dolphins, jaguars and many other forms of wildlife.
Elsewhere, many of the Playa del Carmen tours today focus on sustainable tourism, but the snorkeling tours are the most exquisite of the lot. In an area boasting verdant tropical forest, abundant mangrove channels, and long stretches of untouched white sand beaches that embrace the spectacular azure waters of the Caribbean Sea, getting to discover the underwater world will truly be a life changing experience.
In Playa del Carmen good weather, exquisite culture, and imposing natural landscapes intersect to form an unforgettable experience.