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Eco-Adventures In Cozumel

Eco-Adventures In Cozumel

by Roberto Jaimes

Cozumel may be small in size, but it packs a mean punch. This 30 mile long by 10 mile wide island is home to the Mesoamerican Reef, which is the largest reef system in the Americas. But you don't have to go deep into the ocean to experience Cozumel's natural beauty. You can find over 250 species of tropical fish (including the illusive toadfish), frigate birds, brown pelicans, tree frogs, iguanas, turtles, and many other species of animals throughout Cozumel.

The abundance of things to see in Cozumel may overwhelm some. If you don't know where to start your adventure, take a look at two sites you MUST VISIT once you land on the island.


Chankanaab Beach Adventure Park

Chankanaab (which means "little sea" in Mayan) is located inside Cozumel's Marine Park. You can spend your day here admiring the reef and different schools of fish by either snorkeling or scuba diving, watching the crocodile exhibition or the sea lion show, or just relaxing in front of the lagoon while you get a massage. You can also go on a guided Eco-Tour of the area and learn more about Cozumel's different habitats, or spend the day swimming with dolphins at the dolphinarium. If you work up an appetite during your visit, you can go to the Mayan Casita and enjoy some fresh, hand-made tortillas. And you can surely find something to wash down your food with at the Tequila Factory. The possibilities for a good time at Chankanaab are endless!


Faro Celerain Ecological Park

Faro Celerain is the perfect place for sightseeing in Cozumel. This park houses 5 different ecosystems, making it the largest ecological resort on the island. You can experience the natural wonders of this area through guided tours, where you are bound to bump into exotic birds, iguanas and even some crocodiles! For a closer look at the tropical fish, try snorkeling. Or if you're here between July and September, take part in the Sea Turtle Workshop, where you'll get to witness the nesting behaviors of marine turtles; or try the Baby Turtle Observation Workshop, where you can watch baby turtles leave their nests and head out to the ocean! Faro Celerain is also full of history, including Mayan archeological ruins that date as far back as the seventh century. Don't forget to visit the old lighthouse, which serves as a maritime museum as well as the perfect place to enjoy the best views of Cozumel.


Where to Stay

Before you head out to Cozumel, you'll need to find a place to stay. Nature lovers will want to try Iberostar Cozumel, which was the first resort on the island to earn Green Globe Certification for sustainable management and operations. If you're traveling with the family, try Sunscape Sabor Cozumel; their Explorer's Club and Core Zone are sure to keep children of all ages entertained. Those looking for an Adult-Only getaway need to try Secrets Aura Cozumel, which is located on the largest beachfront in the entire island.

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