Menu

Yaax Che Botanical Gardens

Mayan Botanical Gardens near Puerto Morelos

The legend has it that the giant Ceiba tree called “Yaax Che” grows right from the center of the world, with its roots reaching into the underworld and its branches holding up the sky. The Maya believe that the Ceiba tree provides a pathway for souls to reach the heavens by joining the three cosmic levels of the Mayan Universe. Jardin Botanico Yaax Che is a magical place to visit, explore and experience with its unique combination of Maya plants with typical Maya architecture.

Why visit the Yaax Che Botanical gardens?

With 150-acres of lush jungle and mangrove trees, this is the largest botanical garden both on the coast of Quintana Roo and within Mexico. In addition to the vast selection of plants, Yaax Che Botanical Gardens is home to over 220 rare animal species. This combination makes your trip to Yaax Che an educational visit that shares both Mayan ‘treasures’ and adventures. When the botanical gardens opened its doors to the public three decades ago, Jardín Botánico “Yaax Che” was dedicated to Dr. Alfredo Barrera Marín – a scientist who devoted most of his life to the study and preservation of Mayan traditions and the Yucatan’s natural environment.

What is there to do and discover at Jardín Botánico “Yaax Che”?

Besides hiking the groomed jungle trails and taking pictures of numerous exotic trees, plants and flowers (whose names can be read in English, Spanish and Latin), stay on the lookout for colorful birds, sunning iguanas and playful spider monkeys. Walk a 130-foot suspension bridge, and if you feel up to the challenge, climb a scenic lookout tower. If you make the climb, your reward is the vast panoramic view expanding from the mangrove forest to the sparkling sea and out over the jungle!

Why Yaax Che makes this adventure a bit more memorable

As in most natural parks in Riviera Maya and Quintana Roo, Yaax Che botanical gardens holds the traces of the ancient Mayan civilization. Although small, the “El Altar” Mayan ruins date back to 1400 D.C. To give you a better feel of what local life was like before tourism came to the coast, the Jardín Botánico hosts a traditional Maya home and a re-created chiclero camp. What is a chiclero camp? It’s the temporary camps set up throughout the Yucatan where the sap of the zapote or “chicle” tree was boiled down and cast into blocks for transport out of the jungle. It’s where the first chewing gum production took its origins from. The gum derived from the chicle tree served as a base for the then popular “Chiclets” chewing gum brand.

When to visit the Botanical Garden of Dr. Alfredo Barrera Marín?

The park is open daily, Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm (last entry is at 4 pm), so you can easily incorporate a visit to Yaax Che into your vacation ‘agenda’! Remember to wear comfortable shoes, bring sunscreen, water and insect repellent. You’re out in the jungle after all! The Botanical Gardens are located near Puerto Morelos just south of Cancun.

LocoGringo suggests these great vacation spots:

Casa Colibri
Casa Colibri, Puerto Morelos house rental, Riviera Maya
If you’re looking for accommodations that allow you to unwind from the stresses of everyday life, Casa Colibri is just the ticket.
Take Me
Al Cielo Penthouse, Punta Roca 402
Al Cielo Penthouse, Punta Roca, Puerto Aventuras vacation condo rental, Riviera Maya
Stay at this luxury, 4-suite vacation condo and take advantage of the rooftop terrace with a private Jacuzzi, Punta Roca’s 2 swimming pools, dramatic ocean views, great beachfront location in...
Take Me
Corto Maltes
Corto Maltes, Playa del Carmen condos, vacation rentals, Riviera Maya
Deluxe 2 bedroom condos right on Playa del Carmen main beach and Calle 10 in Central Playa del Carmen. Enjoy full AC, luxurious interiors, Flat TV/satellite, DVD, ocean view balcony/terrace. Sleeps 4
Take Me
Maya Villa Condo Hotel
Maya Villa Condo Hotel, Playa del Carmen vacation rentals, Riviera Maya
Contact us for special promotion and rates for all future dates! With a perfect location between 5th Av. and the beach, this combination condo/hotel facility is one of the the best in town. Enjoy 1,...
Take Me
Mahekal Beach Resort
Mahekal Playa del Carmen beach hotel, Riviera Maya vacation
Save up to 10 - 20%! Stay in a beach bungalow or hotel room, just 5 minutes from Playa del Carmen's 5th Ave. Enjoy 2 on-site restaurants, 2 bars, a dive shop, a games room, and massage services. The...
Take Me
Casa Mariposa
Casa Mariposa, Puerto Aventuras vacation house rental, Riviera Maya
Casa Mariposa (butterfly house) is a luxurious 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom, villa with pool on the north shore of Puerto Aventuras' residential section. This ia an exclusive row of oceanfront villas that...
Take Me
Casa Jalach-Naj
Jalach Naj, Playa del Carmen, Playacar rental home, Riviera Maya
From the moment you walk in the beautifully carved front door of this home, you know it’s special. It’s modern and at the same time has great Mayan and Mexican nuances. (Like brick domed ceilings...
Take Me
Hotel Esencia
Esencia Hotel, Xpu ha beach, Riviera Maya
Step into another world when you stay at Hotel Esencia. The serenity and understated luxury will captivate you immediately!  The converted mansion and guesthouse are the prime jewels of the...
Take Me
See All Properties

Explore Your Next Trip...

I Want...

Departing from

Going to

Start Date

Return Date

Who's Going...

Give Me the Details