Mexico's Caribbean coastline can be divided into two sections: developed coast and wild coast. The northern stretch from Punta Tanchacté to Punta Allen—the Riviera Maya—has the most sights and accommodations, and includes some of the Yucatán's most beautiful ruins and cenotes. The southern stretch, between Punta Allen and Chetumal, is where civilization thins out. Here in the "Costa Maya" you'll find the most alluring landscapes, including the pristine jungle wilderness of the Reserva de la Biosfera Sian Ka'an.Wildlife has been affected by the development of coastal resorts. Thanks to the federal government's foresight, however, 1.6 million acres of coastline and jungle have been set aside for protection as the Reserva de la Biosfera Sian Ka'an. Whatever may happen elsewhere along the coast, this preserve is a haven for the wildlife and the travelers who seek the Yucatán of old.
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The name translates to “the cave with cenotes inside.” Walk through the underground passages, tour the canopy, swim in a cenote and enjoy zip lining at this top family attraction.
Biologists have collected specimens of many of the reptiles and some of the mammals indigenous to the area, and guides offer fun, informative tours.
South of Rio Bec, you might glimpse howler monkeys, coatimundis and Yucatán parrots in the thick, unspoiled forest.
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A natural spring mixes with saltwater here, creating a unique habitat. View marine life from low wooden bridges or try swimming with dolphins.
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