The city of Cancún and its Zona Hotelera They are naturally separated by the beautiful Nichupté lagoon. The saltwater and freshwater lagoon give life to an ecosystem threatened by human beings and their desire for excessive growth.

When the Cancun tourism project was created at the beginning of the 70 years, the coastal strip was designed as a tourist corridor where the beaches were public prioritizing the well-being of tourism that the hotels of the city would occupy. Zona Hotelera from the coast of Cancun.

This tongue of sea is separated from the peninsula by a set of connected lagoons, the largest being the Nichupté lagoon, the great natural frontier between tourism Zona Hotelera and City of Cancun

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La Nichupté lagoon It is made up of seven lakes: the Bojórquez lagoon, the North basin, the Central basin, the South basin, the Inglés lagoon, the Mediterranean lagoon and the Amor lagoon. A total of more than 3,000 hectares of paradise to enjoy.

The Nichupté lagoon is an ecosystem of fresh and salt water in the mangrove area, habitat of a great variety of animal species, including the American crocodile. The vast majority live in the remote English lagoon, but the posters of Zona Hotelera they indicate the presence of these animals, and there are.

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Laguna Nichupté, in the background Zona Hotelera and the Caribbean Sea

What to do in Laguna Nichupté?

In the marinas that are in the Zona Hotelera and in the different travel agencies they give you information about the activities and excursions to do in the lagoon.

  • The natural space that the Nichupté lagoon offers us is used to practice watersports such as wake, flyboard, hoverboard, water ski, skyrider or the possibility of renting jet skis.
  • One of the excursions The most popular is to go through the mangroves by boat and get to Punta Nizuc to snorkel in the beautiful Cancun reef. There are excursions by boat or individual boat.
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El BOULEVARD KUKULCÁN It goes around the perimeter of the lagoon of almost 30 kilometers around the Zona Hotelera. In this perimeter there is a fireplace parallel and intermittent around the Nichupté lagoon that begins near kilometer 0 of Zona Hotelera. During the tour you will find several points with beautiful views of the lagoon, if you like to walk it is a good option. In some sections there are people bathing, something that I do not recommend due to the proximity of crocodiles.

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RESTAURANTS: along the Nichupté Lagoon you find good reStaurants at the foot of the lagoon, one of the most tasty options. Many tourists go out to dinner outside the facilities of their hotel. There are very good options in this area such as the well-known Puerto Madero, 14 Grill, Lorenzillo's, La Habichuela Sunset, Trattoria Limoncello, Bubba Gump or other chains that has been installed in response to the demand of American and Canadian tourism, the large international markets that are housed It is this area. Suggestion: If you are a resident of Cancun, carry a valid credential for your 20% discount, the driver's license is valid.

MALLS: Pla za la Isla, Kukulcán and Caracol are the most popular shopping centers, where you can enjoy the lagoon in its restaurants. Some, like La isla, have a walk through the Nichupté lagoon.

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En PUNTA NIZUC, at kilometer 25, where the bridge, there are different seafood restaurants in an area of ​​beautiful colors and close to the coral reef. In these calm waters they take advantage to swim. I keep thinking about crocodiles.

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ONE OF THOSE OF ALWAYS: there are amazing corners along this beautiful lagoon, like the restaurant El Galeón, a simple place with plastic chairs that persists with its charm at kilometer 19.4 below this great tourist industry that populates the lagoon. Do you like it?

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MALECÓN TAJAMAR: You can also enjoy the Nichupté lagoon from city Cancuntaking a walk through the Malecón Tajamar, one of the most valued public spaces among citizens. Unfortunately, they are going to transform mangrove areas, regulator and natural protector of these coasts, by cement. Laws are a bad joke in this business.

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Mangrove areas that are going to be devastated, progress?

I hope we know how to enjoy this treasure of paradise that we have in the Nichupté lagoon, a space to enjoy it in a thousand ways.

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Sandra Salvadó Training photographer, traveler by vocation and certified tourism guide by the Government of Mexico. We promote natural wonders and contemporary Mayan culture. Great fan of pre-Hispanic history. Author of the blog and co-founder of The Shortest Path Travel, agency that guides you through alternative paths in Mayan lands. Social and sustainable tourism in the Yucatan Peninsula and Chiapas.
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