We all know and love Cancun for its vibrant turquoise seas, sugary white-sand beaches, and lively restaurants and nightlife – but have you ever walked through a beautiful public garden in the city? Well, now you can!
This little-known park is a lush green hidden gem for you to experience tranquility and spend a pleasant day roaming around, whether that’s solo or with your family and friends. In a tropical city amongst skyrise hotels, busy roads, and tourist hotspots, it isn’t always as easy to find a place of serenity and peace, but Parque Cancún aims to be that slice of haven you were looking for.
Once a dumping ground — construction of the park began in 2017. Cut to 2023, and we now have a wonderful and shiny new Parque Cancún, which is an outdoor public space now open for pilot tests in the heart of Cancun.
It’s a space that coexists with cultural attractions, vegetation, trails, viewpoints, and stunning gardens. An exciting time for citizens especially, but also for those visiting; what better way to spend your day than meandering through the wild nature on cultural walks or even finding yourself on an interesting tour with an audio guide?
Although it hasn’t actually officially been inaugurated yet, controlled visits are underway, with specific times and registration beforehand. Offering so many exciting attractions for you and your family, the space will be an ever-growing hive of activity.
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What Attractions Are Currently Open?
One of the best areas of this natural space is called the Ciclovía, a circuit of 1,600 meters to travel around by bicycle (a helmet is mandatory). Adjacent to this is a 2-kilometer circuit to enjoy running, jogging, or walking.
There’s an evolution garden where you can walk the evolutionary line of the universe on a journey through 15 interesting handmade murals (with over a million Venetian mosaics).
For those of you who seek peace and quiet, you can connect with nature and tranquility at the meditation garden, where you have the chance to learn the history of six of the most popular religious beliefs in the world. Audio tours are also available.
You can also marvel at the sights of a scale representation of the solar system at the planetary garden.
Not only that, but there’s a time capsule garden, which is programmed to reveal its contents in 2064, with messages of hope, plus photographs and news, all from the year 2012. How cool! If you’re wanting to take to some activities, there’s a skate park for you as well.
The space boasts a garden human library (which depicts stories from legends and memories of Cancun). A visionary rocks garden, which is a tribute to people throughout their lives who dedicated their time to make Cancun a beautiful place to live and explore. You can see a ‘rocks to heaven garden’, which pays homage to all the heroes of those lives who helped during the COVID-19 pandemic, a tasteful and affectionate honorary place of appreciation.
Families can enjoy ‘Aluxes Garden’, the children’s play area, or perhaps a game of chess. The star of the show is the panoramic view of the Nichupté Mangrove Flora and Fauna Protection Area, also taking in the sights of the hotel zone and the lagoon, and on top of that, there are several other exciting attractions that are soon to be popping up.
It is worth noting this is a zero-waste park. Their motto is “I bring it, I take it,” becoming the first park here without trash cans. With no stores inside, it’s worth bringing water, sunscreen, insect repellant, and any other refreshments. However, the park does have restrooms for you. Also, remember to take your comfy clothes and shoes, plus any protective gear, if you plan on skating.
How Do I Get There?
Parque Cancún is located on 16 de Abril street, by Luis Donaldo Colosio Boulevard. To enter, you can take the turning at the Da Vinci College at the start of the bike path. No public transport currently reaches the park, so with free parking, you can head down in your car and leave it in the parking lot.
Entrance is free but is only permitted through a quick registration, with a maximum limit of 5 people, you have to specify your date and the number of people visiting, plus there’s a specific form for businesses and schools. You will be sent a QR code upon registration which will arrive in an email, accompanied by your identification, which will then allow you entry to the park.
What Time Can I Go?
At the moment, the park is open for you from Monday through to Saturday – from 7 am to 10 am and 4 pm to 7 pm in the afternoon.
So why not book your slot and head to Parque Cancún with the family, have a picnic, explore the exciting sights, and create lasting memories in a true escape from city life?
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