Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay
A slice of paradise in Akumal, Mexico


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Lots of Adventure!

Besides the multitude of ruins in the Yucatan area of Mexico, many other adventures await you. Cenotes, underwater fresh rivers and sink holes offer lots of choices, including snorkeling and diving, as outlined in a previous post. The perfect combination of beautiful beaches and alluring jungle have enticed entrepreneurs to offer adventures that you may not be able to access on your own. Depending on the ages in your group, you may want to check out some of these options!
Aktun Chen is an eco park between Playa del Carmen and Tulum that all ages would enjoy. Here is a small zoo with indigenous animals on display, and you may be surprised to find out what lurks in the jungle all around you! Next you will be led on a walking tour through caves and rock formations, past underground cenotes and waterfalls.
This activity is not too strenuous and is interesting enough to occupy older children.
Xel-ha and Xcaret are two eco/water park facilities that offer all inclusive days with a
variety of activities. From beautiful beaches, to rafting a lagoon, snorkeling a cenote, aviary displays and sea life interaction, these parks are a full day of fun. They also feature good food and traditional entertainment and are a great choice for active families.
There are many options for a jungle treat called Zip-lining. Hidden Worlds and Selvatica are two that are close by. Climb the towering platforms and be hooked into a harness to
fly across the treetops for a birds eye view. Hidden Worlds also features a Sky Cycle, which is a reclining cycle in the trees. These are lots of fun for kids of all ages.
Further north of Playa del Carmen is the Crococun Zoo, a small animal park that showcases (what else) crocodiles and many other local animal species. It offers some animal interaction and kids will be grinning from ear to ear. Great photo opportunities!
Also along the coast are some horse ranches that allow you to live out your fantasy of
galloping along the beach in a tropical paradise.
The Jungle Place is a small, private monkey habitat just west of Chemuyil. Here a couple have built a place where abandoned or injured monkeys are rehabilitated and
cared for in loving attendance. Interaction with the monkeys is strictly monitored and
I have not heard of one person who did not think this was a highly worthwhile adventure.
Other activities available include ATV jungle tours, many types of fishing expeditions,
kayaking or catamaran tours.
If you crave adventure with your paradise, the Yucatan is the place for you!