Discover our guide to the most beautiful ecotourism trips in Mexico. A mythical country in Latin America, Mexico is rich in the vestiges of the many successive civilizations, white sand beaches and breathtaking landscapes. With ecotourism in Mexico, responsible travel means immersing yourself in the heart of nature and meeting local populations.
Ecotourism in Mexico: what to see & what to do?
Keen on nature, adventure and Mayan culture, discover three of the most beautiful regions of Mexico, Chiapas, Campeche and the Caribbean, on an off-the-beaten-track exploration tour accessible to all, immersed in Indian communities.
Or embark on an adventure tour to discover the riches of the Mayan Culture in the Chiapas jungle. Alongside the Lacandon Indians, raft down tumultuous rivers, learn about tree climbing techniques and discover pre-Hispanic and Mayan treasures.
And if you extended your adventure circuit with an excursion in the Miramar lagoon, a magnificent and virgin natural site of Chiapas, accompanied by the local communities in your activities: hiking, canoeing, swimming, rock paintings?
Do you want to combine business with pleasure? Take part in an Eco-volunteering mission for the protection of sea turtles and crocodiles on the beaches of Tecoman, in the heart of a region rich in biodiversity, accompanied by local biologists and zoologists.
For a stay in complete freedom, go on an immersion tour from Yucatan to the Caribbean Sea and travel the Yucatan Peninsula for two, with family or friends, to meet Mayan families with whom you can discuss and share with their friends.
Our ideas for ecotourism in Mexico!
Discover some examples and itineraries to give you inspiration in choosing your future ecotourism trip to Mexico!
Self-guided discovery tour, meetings & relaxation in Yucatán
Immerse yourself in the heart of the magnificent Yucatan Peninsula and discover its beautiful Caribbean beaches in complete freedom, but also its many archaeological sites and natural wonders, such as the mysterious cenotes, aboard your boat or your kayak.
The Yucatan peninsula conceals beautiful Caribbean beaches which make it a heavenly place with a unique geological and mysterious peculiarity, those of the multiplicity of cenotes, sacred places of the Mayans. These are deep water wells sometimes located in caves, sometimes in the open, linked together by underground rivers where it is possible to swim.
The Yucatan peninsula is also the cradle of the famous Mayan civilization with its many and diverse archaeological sites of which you will have a beautiful picture here; a culture that is still very much alive that you can discover during your stay.
Throughout your stay, enjoy moments of sharing and conviviality with the indigenous communities to discover the Mayan culture still very much alive in this region of Mexico.
- Admire the colors of the Bacalar lagoon during a kayak trip.
- Observe the flamingos in their natural habitat.
- Share the daily life of a non-folklorized community.
- Take advantage of a cocoa workshop to discover the production of chocolate, a product of Mexican origin!
- A selection of friendly and comfortable hotels.
Ecotourism, culture and adventure immersed in the Sierra Madre
As a couple, with family or friends, discover the exceptional wealth of the Sierra Madre and the Totonac and Mayan cultures, and let yourself be enchanted by the mysteries of the Chiapanec jungle.
Between nature, culture and adventure, it is a journey off the beaten track, rich in encounters and in total immersion that awaits you.
- A combination of friendly and ecotourism hotels in harmony with the environment.
- A progressive and authentic immersion in the Totonac and Mayan cultures.
- A stay balanced between culture, nature and adventure.
- Access and understanding of mystical places of the jungle inaccessible in autonomy.
- A dose of supervised adventure between zip lines, hiking and rafting.
Itinerant tour in Mexican and Mayan lands
Explore the Mexican and Mayan lands off the beaten track and in semi-freedom. From Mexico City to Oaxaca via Teotihuacan, Xochimilco, Coyoacán and Puebla, you will immerse yourself in the heart of the pre-Hispanic world. Through its archaeological wonders, you will discover the mysterious Zapotec culture, before ending your trip gently in the superb Yucatan peninsula, between cenotes and paradise beaches.
Without forgetting the meeting with the indigenous cooperatives and the discovery of the fascinating Mayan culture.
- A diversified and balanced traveling trip between support and autonomy, with time to rest and personalized advice.
- A start of the journey passing through the very famous Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City for a first immersion targeted on future visits to archaeological sites.
- Charming hotels for an exotic and relaxing holiday, with a beautiful end with a few days by the sea in Tulum.
- The discovery of indigenous cooperatives little known from the classic circuits between daily life, crafts, gastronomy and relaxation.
Discovery and immersion in the heart of Mayan culture under the Caribbean sun
Come and discover Mexico differently and immerse yourself in the heart of Mayan culture through its pre-Hispanic and colonial archaeological heritage.
Live unique and authentic encounters with indigenous cooperatives whose daily life and artisanal know-how you can share, while taking advantage of the paradise setting to recharge your batteries at the local rhythm, between lagoons with crystal clear waters, sacred cenotes and dream beaches.
- A complete immersion to discover the living Mayan culture and its pre-Hispanic and colonial heritage.
- A stay punctuated by meetings with a local population ready to share its history, its daily life and its artisanal know-how.
- A paradisiacal environment, ideal for recharging your batteries between two discoveries and encounters: lagoon with turquoise shades, sacred cenotes thousands of years old, Caribbean beaches.
- A perfect balance between sightseeing and relaxation with limited travel times for an optimized vacation.
- The Yucatán Peninsula conceals gastronomic treasures with a pre-Hispanic food base that will delight your taste buds!
Eco-volunteering for the protection of sea turtles and crocodiles
Take part in a project to save turtles on Mexico’s beaches, protect crocodiles, and learn species identification techniques alongside local biologists and zoologists. An eco-volunteering mission in immersion and in the heart of a region rich in biodiversity. This eco-volunteering mission in Mexico takes place around Tecoman, a medium-sized town located in the state of Colima about three hours from Guadalajara. The town of Tecoman is known for its sandy beaches, lagoons and lush vegetation.
Project to protect marine turtles in Mexico
Sea turtles suffer not only from pollution of the sea, but also from poaching: Eggs are dug up to be sold in local markets while adults are killed for their scales which are turned into jewelry.
One of the most effective protection strategies is to collect the eggs from new nests on the beach, and then move those eggs to protected beaches.
As part of this project, you will have various tasks:
- Patrol the nesting beaches at night to save the eggs and count the adults.
- Maintain the camp for the reception of turtles: build nesting areas and reception ponds.
- Prepare for the reintroduction of turtles into the sea.
- Treat turtles that have stranded or are injured.
- Perform measurements: population count, size of turtles.
- Clean up the beaches because turtles are frequently the victims of accidents linked to the waste that is left on the coast.
Turtles are present all year round in Mexico, especially green turtles and leatherback turtles. However, the high season is from June to December, a period which therefore corresponds to the maximum activity for this project.
Crocodile protection and reintroduction project in Mexico
This project is carried out in partnership with an animal park which is also a center for the reproduction and reintroduction of crocodiles. Located 25 km from Tecoman, this center is home to two local species of crocodiles: the Morelet Crocodile, and the American crocodile.
As an eco-volunteer, you will work on average once a week in this center for:
- Maintain the facilities.
- Participate in scientific research work on crocodiles.
- Prepare food and feed the crocodiles.
- Develop information and awareness programs for tourists.
- Help the center team during the reintroduction of crocodiles in their natural environment.