Nichupte Lagoon, a Place Worth Exploring in Cancun

Are you looking for an adventure and don’t know where to travel during the summer? If you yet have to decide, then Cancun is the ideal place for you. Besides the fact that Cancun has some of the most stunning beaches with crystal-clear waters, there are many other things that you can do while vacationing in this city. One of these is going on a tour to the Nichupte Lagoon.

Cancun, that Paradise on Earth

Located on the southeast coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, Cancun is known around the world as a gorgeous vacation spot. As I mentioned above, this city boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the world accompanied by a turquoise Caribbean Sea. What is more, it has also gained attention thanks to the  modern and luxurious infrastructure of the hotels which offer an excellent service to compete with other tourist destinations. But Cancun hasn’t always been like that. Cancun, whose name means nest of snakes in the old Mayan language, used to be just a small fishermen town filled with unspoiled beaches. However, nearly 40 years ago, the Mexican government recognized the importance this area could have in the future of the country’s economy. And so it began, Cancun was born as a major tourist spot. But apart from the white sandy beaches, on the other side lies a rich ecosystem in the Nichupte Lagoon.

The Nichupte Lagoon

laguna nichupte - Lucy Nieto

The vast Nichupte Lagoon is home to a very diverse ecosystem of the Mexican Caribbean. The lagoon borders the resort area of Cancun and it can be perfectly seen from that strip of land in the hotel zone which divides both the lagoon and the Caribbean Sea. Moreover, Nichupte is a lagoon system that is connected to the sea through two canals and it runs over 7000 acres that are made up of seven bodies of water such as the Bojorquez Lagoon, the Lagoon of Love and the Mediterranean Laguneta. In addition to this, the whole Nichupte Lagoon is rich in waterfowl, fish, crocodiles, shellfish, and mangrove swamps. So definitely, it is a sanctuary for nature and the conservation of its ecosystem is of vital importance. Besides, the lagoon itself protects the coastlines of Cancun from the erosion and helps reduce the levels of contamination in the water.

How Can You Explore It?

  • Go for a walk or a bike ride and take pictures of the lagoon from the new pier
  • Jungle tours offer to navigate through the canals in two-seater wave runners or jet skis
  • Water skiing, recreational fishing and kayaking are also popular in the lagoon
  • Snorkel, swim and relax in the large coral reefs
  • Go on a excursion in a glass-bottom boat

As you can see, Cancun means a lot more than just lying on the beach all day. It is worth discovering the wide range of tours and attractions in which you will be able to see other natural wonders of the area. So open your mind to other experiences and visit the Nichupte Lagoon, a place worth exploring in Cancun.

by Romina Nieto

Image: Flickr by Lucy Nieto

 

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