Jardín Botánico Dr. Alfredo Barrera Marín

When thinking of flora and fauna in the Riviera Maya, cenotes or snorkeling/diving in the second largest reef in the world are typically the first two natural wonders that come to mind. No doubt those are both great experiences, but one of the hidden gems in Puerto Morelos is its botanical gardens.

So close that you can even see Rancho Sak-Ol from one of the lookout points, the botanical gardens are almost literally in our front yard. Of course it has a range of plants for any botanical-enthusiast, but the botanical gardens also offer a spectacular mix of wildlife, history, and agriculture.

The initial trail takes you through a few Mayan landmarks, including a traditional home, medicinal building, and very small ruins of a Mayan structure. A bit down the path from the ruins sits a lovely stream with a miniature waterfall.

Mayan medicinal building
Mayan ruins

Next you have the option to walk down a path to learn a bit about the important role Mexico played in the popularization of chewing gum. A series of signs in English, Mayan, and Spanish explain the intensive process of extracting gum from trees.

Last but not least, the final portion of the path shows off the abundant wildlife of the Riviera Maya. You might be lucky enough to spot spider monkeys swinging in the trees, iguanas lounging, or some coatis scurrying along the floor.

A spider monkey hangs from the tree looking for a tasty leaf to eat.

Near the end of the trail, you can climb to the top of the lookout tower and see the vast expanse of forest as you cross a hanging wooden bridge. Be sure to let us know if you could see Rancho Sak-Ol when you come back!

What to bring:

  • BUG SPRAY – very important!
  • Sunscreen

How to get there: The botanical gardens are a 10-minute taxi ride or drive from our hotel.

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