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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  • It is a unique experience, Lupita guide teaching is exciting and at the same time teaches us respect for species that live there. Congratulations recommend it widely.
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  • It is truly amazing! It is worth more than the penalty for the price, the people, the reception are very special and very attentive. They make you feel in the interior of the jungle, as part of todo❤️
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  • After a long drive from Campeche to Palenque we decided to take the nocturnal tour at Aluxes before visiting the Palenque ruins the next day. We were very positively surprised by the quality and the e...  more »
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  • The night tour was amazing. Great value for money. You'll see so many animals.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Awesome place. You will feel like watching animals in their natural background. The project isinspiring and stuff is so kind
  • Wonderful place! Staff is kind and approachable and the stories behind each rescued animal heartbreaking and inspiring. Must visit!!

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Where to stay in Palenque

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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