Mexico is more than beach destinations and picturesque Magical Towns. There are 67 national parks dotted across the country, from coral reefs to archeological wonders. Here are the top national parks to visit in Mexico that you simply cannot miss.
Loreto Islands – Baja California Sur
This national park in Loreto is one of the most visited in the country, with visitors from all over the globe observing its great fauna diversity. There are marine mammals such as dolphins, sea lions, and manta rays, and one of the main attractions that occur in the winter months is the annual migration of whales, which choose the warm waters of the Sea of Cortez for their reproduction. It is also known for numerous tourist activities such as canoeing, rowing, kayaking, diving, and sportfishing.
Cabo Pulmo – Baja California Sur
The reef of Cabo Pulmo National Park is considered a treasure of the Baja California Sur Peninsula. It is 20,000 years old and houses more than 300 species of fish, hence its nickname as “The Aquarium of the World.” It has become a world-famous destination for diving and snorkeling, with instructors of the highest level. Cabo Pulmo is a perfect example of ecotourism, ideal for those looking for the quieter and more natural side of Los Cabos. Here you’ll have a close look at its incredible underwater ecosystem as it is home to the largest and most diverse coral reefs in North America, which provide a safe haven for more than 800 species of marine life in the Sea of Cortez.
Tulum – Quintana Roo
Tulum National Park is the Natural Protected Area of the Riviera Maya. In addition to ecotourism, you can enjoy its beaches, cenotes, and the history of the Mayans in their archaeological zone. The importance of Tulum National Park lies in its natural and cultural wealth, distributed in its 664 hectares that include spectacular beaches, cenotes, lush jungle, and an archaeological zone. It is a favorite destination for ecotourists because it is home to important endemic plants and animals. Some of these species are in danger of extinction, such as the hawksbill, leatherback, white, and loggerhead turtles, protected here by the Federal Government.
Marietas Islands – Nayarit
The Marietas Islands National Park is one of Mexico’s Pacific Treasure jewels, also known as the Riviera Nayarit. Its Playa del Amor or Love Beach has become the icon of this tourist destination. However, despite its fame, its undeniable beauty, and the excitement it arouses in travelers, Playa del Amor is not the only attraction of this site full of wildlife and adventure. There are other stunning beaches with exotic vegetation and rock formations. Access is restricted to certain areas, and others require an authorized guide who will accompany you in this extraordinary experience.
Palenque – Chiapas
This archaeological site is located in the town of Palenque in the state of Chiapas. It is believed that the Mayans founded the city in the year 100 BC. It is one of the most attractive archaeological sites in Mexico for its constructions’ technical quality and elegance and how the myths and customs were expressed in the sculpted reliefs found in Palenque. There are more than two hundred structures and buildings located in a 10-mile expanse. In addition to this impressive archaeological zone, there are many natural wonders in the surrounding area.
Montebello Lakes – Chiapas
The Montebello Lakes National Park, recognized as one of the most beautiful natural scenery in Chiapas, is an icon for the state and takes its name from the beauty of a hydrological complex highlighted by a forest landscape with more than fifty lakes. Located in the strategic area of Mexico’s border with Guatemala, it’s a prime hydrological region of high biological richness. The Park preserves an important forest and hydrological reserve and is recognized as an area of importance for the preservation of birds and wetlands of global significance.
Sumidero Canyon – Chiapas
One of the focal tourist attractions in Chiapas is the Sumidero Canyon, National Park. Here you will find one of the most important canyons in the world, with walls towering 2500 feet. The Grijalva River crosses the canyon along its entire length to the Chicoasen dam, where waterfalls, streams, and rivers are born. With exquisite natural wealth, the Park aims to preserve endangered species. A top-rated ecotourism destination, with boat rides that depart from Chiapas de Corzo and travel along the Grijalva River to the Chicoasén. You can also make the tour by car along the canyon, stopping at the five viewpoints arranged along the way.
Mexico’s diverse landscapes offer so much to its visitors who will never tire of exploring all of its awe-inspiring sights. There are so many national parks just waiting to be explored; book your next trip and be prepared to be mesmerized by these unbelievable sites.
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