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Things to See at Tres Ríos

Nature Park Attractions

Nature Park Attractions

Tres Ríos Nature Park in Playa del Carmen is an inspiring example of the Caribbean’s tropical plants and animals, including rainforests, mangroves, cenotes, exotic birds, tropical fish, and other wildlife, and is one of the few remaining natural habitats protecting threatened plants and endangered animals.

In a once flourishing region now threatened by deforestation from natural disasters, human encroachment, property development, and subsequent pollution, nature conservation is Tres Ríos’ mission.

Exclusive Nature Park Access

Tres Ríos Nature Park is one of those rare, special places containing natural attractions that feature some of the region’s most fascinating natural wonders and cultural heritage.  Access to nature park attractions and activities are exclusive to guests of Hacienda Tres Ríos Resort and include nature tours, use of sports gear, snorkel masks, visors, kayaks, and more.


Botanical Garden & Nursery

A tour of Tres Ríos’ botanical garden and nursery provides an educational nature experience of the Riviera Maya’s tropical plants and ecosystems.  It showcases 120 plant species found in the nature park, including endangered plants near extinction.  Cultivating thousands of tropical plants and trees for local reforestation and property landscaping, the nursery is not only beautiful but also practical.  A primary objective of Tres Ríos is the preservation and regeneration of México’s tropical rainforests and mangrove ecosystems.

Flora (Plants)

The nature park is overflowing with tropical plants native to the Yucatan Peninsula. Over 120 plant species flourish here from mangroves to bromeliads (i.e., flowering plants).

Orchid Riviera Maya Region Plants

Tres Ríos Plant Types:

Jungle Vegetation
Mangrove Vegetation
Ecotone Vegetation (jungle to mangrove transition)
Dune Vegetation
Floral Species of the Yucatan Peninsula
Endangered or Protected Jungle and Dune Plant Species
Endangered or Protected Bromeliads and Orchids


Fauna (Animals)

Over 90 different animal species and their natural habitats exist in the tropical rainforests, mangroves, and dunes of this Riviera Maya nature park, including crocodiles and parrots.

Tres Rios Animal Types:

Soft Coral and Stone Coral
Marine Sponges
Algae and Marine Pastures
Benthos Organisms (e.g., starfish, anemones, oysters, etc.)

Three Rivers

Tres Ríos Nature Park was named for its three rivers (“tres ríos”):  Rio Selva (Jungle River), Rio Pajaros (Bird River), and Rio Las Garzas (Heron River).  The pure, clear water from these surface rivers, rare in the Yucatan Peninsula, flows through the rainforest into the Caribbean Sea.  Underground rivers, abundant in the Yucatan Peninsula, connect to a hidden labyrinth of tunnels, caves, and cenotes containing fascinating stalactites, stalagmites, and columns.

Park Cenotes

Cenotes (“dzonot” in Mayan) of the Yucatan Peninsula are cavernous sinkholes with freshwater wells.  Containing crystalline or clear blue water, these intriguing water sources were sacred to the Maya, who regarded them as connections to the spiritual world where the soul could be cleansed.

Intriguing Cenotes of Tres Ríos Nature Park:

Yucatan Peninsula Natural Cenotes

Cenote Manati (Manatee Cenote)
Cenote Nuevo (New Cenote)
Cenote Aguila (Eagle Cenote)
Cenote Tortuga (Turtle Cenote)
Cenote Escondido (Hidden Cenote)
Cenote Orquideas (Orchid Cenote)
Cenote Sabalo (Fish Cenote)
Cenote Viejo (Old Cenote)
Cenote Hondo (Deep Cenote)
Cenote Limite (The Limit Cenote)


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