Aluxes Ecoparque, Palenque

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See Mexican wildlife up close in a natural setting when you visit Aluxes Ecoparque. The zoo, which was placed strategically to be surrounded by the Palenque National Park, houses many types of animals indigenous to South America, including jaguars, ocelots, parrots, and several kinds of monkeys. Many of the animals here come from poaching rings on the illegal animal trade market. To visit Aluxes Ecoparque and get the most from your holiday in Palenque, create itinerary details personal to you using our Palenque sightseeing planner .
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  • October 2, 2017
    One of the best attractions in all of Mexico! Be sure to stop by and plan to spend your entire day here; good attractions and reasonable prices; safe and clean. Great place for kids, too!  more »
  • September 28, 2017
    Arriving at Palenque we were recommended to go to the Aluxes Park that many people think is a Zoo, but in reality it is not, much of the animals found in its Habitat natural, such as crocodiles, manatees monkeys, macaws etc. The Park is phenomenal, the tour we did it alone, didn't come any guide with us, which made it more spectacular, just gave us a map with the route and the route and time that we go inside has depended on us. One of the activities that the Park is to give food to the Manatee or the giant tortoise was a unique experience. The area you could say that it is semi - Virgin there are signs for all the trail where Announces you danger if you leave route, spiders snakes and other animals and poisonous insects that are lurking, that puts an adventurous touch to the tour that lasts approximately 2 hours But while they want to walk, the view's photographs can be taken inside the Park are also unique for the beauty of the trails. I recommend to wear repellent, comfortable clothes, bottled water & hat. If you bring young children under 2 years, I recommend you also carry stroller because they get tired fast.
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  • September 26, 2017
    Here houses allegedly only animals that have been confiscated from the smuggling. If you look at what here lives one can only shake the head who and why such a thing would smuggle, but it is beautiful, that the animals have this spacious enclosure and feel seemingly comfortable. It's been fun for us. The large Black Panther is very impressive. 100 pesos per person and 50 pesos each, if you scan with the parrots, crocodiles or similar would like to have or want to buy feed. There is also a night tour that we have not done.
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  • June 18, 2017
    The night tour was amazing. Great value for money. You'll see so many animals.
  • April 16, 2017
    This is a beautiful place. The animals are well cared for and the staff is very friendly. My wife had a great time feeding the manatees.
  • May 5, 2017
    THE BEST PART OF MY TRIP. We went on the night tour which was 1200 mxn which is $64 for up to four people.. i thought at the time it was a lot of money for mexico but after seeing what great work they do here and all the animals they helped to protect it was definately worthwhile. The tour is given by biologists voluntering at the ecoparque and local guides who are familiar with the natural jungle habitat. The tour was given in spanish and i'm not sure if its always the case so worth asking but even if you can't speak the language the experience itself is very worthwhile. You get see and feed many animals int the park, which is semi enclosed for which they give great reasoning as to why it must be that way. My favourite part where the manaties (which you feed) and the tapir. Its an incredibly tactile experience and exhilarting to see many wild nocturnal animales in such an organic way. They also highlight the plight of many of these native endangered species. Another great part of this project is that have helped reintroduce the native macaw population which had become extinct and are using modern technologies alongside ancient practises to help in this great conservation project. Great work and a really great experience!
  • December 25, 2016
    Awesome place. You will feel like watching animals in their natural background. The project isinspiring and stuff is so kind
  • September 23, 2016
    Wonderful place! Staff is kind and approachable and the stories behind each rescued animal heartbreaking and inspiring. Must visit!!

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Most travelers visit Palenque to explore the adjacent Mayan ruins, so most accommodations sit close to the archaeological site. If you choose to stay there, you'll be surrounded by jungle, so bring appropriate clothing and insect repellent, and prepare to pay a bit more for food and drink at the restaurant attached to your digs. If the conveniences of modern society appeal more to you, opt for the city center, or look for rooms in the adjoining neighborhoods of Santa Cruz or La Canada.
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