Between the beaches, sunshine, ruins, and cenotes, the Yucatan Peninsula’s exotic wildlife can sometimes be forgotten. After all, Cancun is sandwiched between a thick green jungle and a beautifully turquoise shoreline, so wildlife encounters on land and in the water should be expected on many tours.
When visiting Cancun, you can snorkel with sea turtles off the shoreline of Akumal or above the reefs of Isla Mujeres, an exclusive getaway where you’re immersed in the colors of Garrafon Natural Reef Park. During the summer months of May through September, whale sharks gather around Cancun’s water, and visitors have the chance to swim alongside these massive, 30-foot fish. As if swimming with whale sharks weren't enough of an adventure, sometimes manta rays and playful dolphins can also make an appearance. Or, for guaranteed dolphin encounters, swim and play with bottle-nose dolphins on a royal dolphins swim. Marine parks and protected areas also line the Cancun shoreline, and while snorkeling in the waters of Xel Ha Marine Park, there is even the chance of coming face to face with a large, curious manatee.
On land, saddle up on the back of a horse and ride down a white sand beach, where the sound of coconut palms rustling in the breeze matches the clop of hooves on the sand. Then, of course, there are the sounds of the jungle that accompany any tour into the forest, and whether it’s ziplining above a hidden cenote, or touring the historic ruins, there are birds, monkeys and exotic wildlife that could join you at any moment.