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DAY 6 - COZUMEL ISLAND : PUNTA SUR ECO PARK


Punta Sur Park is an Ecological Reserve that comprises a variety of natural wonders. It total surface is over one thousand hectares (2300 acres). Its main objective is the conservation and preservation of the 5 ecosystems that form it. It offers visitors with a variety of ecological tourist attractions. Punta Sur Park is rich in coastal dunes, mangroves, reefs, lagoon systems and beautiful beaches.

Within its grounds, Punta Sur Park has 7th and 12th century Mayan relics, as well as decked areas for crocodile observation. Additional amenities include a catamaran ride for 30 passengers in Colombia lagoon intended for wildlife and vegetation observation (bird watching, wetland and mangrove ecosystem)

Punta Sur has 2 Km of pristine beaches that are a sanctuary for sea turtles that arrive every year to lay their eggs. Beach activities include near-shore shallow coral reefs with extensive flora and fauna biodiversity.

The Celarain lighthouse at Punta Sur Park hosts a museum with a permanent exhibit on Navigation Evolution. The exhibit is located in the ground floor building next two the lighthouse. Incidentally, that building used to be the lighthouse keeper’s house during the last century. A total of 5 exhibition rooms include artifacts ranging from Mayan navigators, buccaneers, marine navigational aids and finally an exhibit that reflects the lighthouse keeper’s lifestyle back in the 1930’s era.

Punta Sur Park offers guided tours as well as internal transportation to trek the nature paths that lead to visiting areas. Facilities include Restaurant, restrooms, showers, Snack bar, and a Handcrafted goods store.

Admission fee $10 USD. Free entrance for children under 8 years old. Catamaran rides $3 USD per person. Park is located at Km 27 on South Coastal Road

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