Cozumel Mexico .net presents Chankanaab National Park.
Cozumel Mexico has many natural wonders to enjoy while on your vacation. Between Passion Island, all of the beach clubs with beach toys, as well as the raw natural beauty of the windward beaches, one might ask, where do I start?! I would suggest Chankanaab National Park as a great starting point! Enjoy and view the new Sea Lion Program, Dolphin discovery, and much more. We revisited the park recently. And what we found was a renewed appreciation for this diverse and adventurous place!
Upon entering the first thing you will see and hear is the sight and sound of a beautiful water fall. Underneath the water fall is where the bathrooms are located. It is actually a good idea to stop there first, because after you enter you won’t want to do anything except explore the many facets of Chankanaab National Park.
As you move past the water fall and plaza you will notice the Dolphin Discovery souvenir shop. Dolphin Discovery is located on the other side of the souvenir shop.
You can interact with these magnificent creatures and you can also interact with Manatees, Sea Lions, and enjoy their beautiful fresh water pool
Advanced reservations are recommended because the dolphin programs are limited and frequently sold out. You can have your logistics handled 100% in English by using Cozumel Concierge. The cost is the same (and in many cases less). But the logistical support you have until you've completed your experience is priceless.
After we had our tour of Dolphin Discovery's' facilities we decided to check out the rest of Chankanaab.
The beach was pristine, the restaurants and concessions to rent snorkeling gear blended perfectly into this beautiful and diverse eco-system. Everything was so well integrated into the park that it was easy to get lost in our tropical surroundings. The pictures on this web site were taken mid February and it was a picture perfect day. People were snorkeling, laying on the beach, in the sun or under one of the many umbrella “palapa’s”. If they weren't relaxing they were eating in one of several specialty restaurants. The food was very good and the service was excellent.
There is an incredibly clear lagoon (pictured above) that is fed by underwater caves coming in from the ocean. So there is an abundance of beautifully colored parrotfish and other tropical species. They can be easily viewed from several platforms that surround the lagoon. Large orange, emerald green, Iguana can be seen roaming the grounds around the lagoon; and make for some very spectacular photos.
Behind the lagoon going east you will find a beautiful botanical garden with lily ponds and an incredibly diverse variety of tropical flora and fauna. Walking down these tranquil and well maintained gardens are truly a Zen experience.
If you want to see what it was like during the early days of the Maya; this is the best place on Cozumel to see what life was like 2000 years ago. The Mayan village located in the park is a stunningly accurate replica of what traditional Mayan villages were like. And many of these customs and way of life exist in today's Mayan culture. You will see how gardens were constructed above ground to protect its contents from jungle creatures who would normally feed on them. There you can also see primitive and beautiful wood and palapa structures with Mayan descendants showing you how clothing was made and how the ancient Maya lived. You can even sample some very tasty tacos that are prepared the old way and with the same crude tools used so many years ago. Much of this is shown in a video at the bottom of this page.
The Mayan village is a must see while visiting Chankanaab Park.
Another very interesting feature are the monuments and statues that dot the winding path to the Mayan Village. It is not obvious where it is so make sure to ask while in the park. You really don’t want to miss this part of the experience.
Last but not least, another new attraction is at 12:00 noon daily. A group of authentically dressed Mayan dancers tour the park and entertain with their ritualistic dances. It’s a lot of fun to watch and contributes to this most dynamic way to spend your day on Cozumel; no matter if you are on a cruise ship or vacationing for longer periods.
I hope that you will enjoy the video below which was recently added.
And for additional pictures make sure to check out the slide show!