Reserva Ecologica El Corchito

Reserva Ecologica El Corchito

Reserva Ecologica El Corchito
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It is located 36 kilometers from Merida, just 200 meters from the entrance to the Port of Progreso on the road to the Port of Chicxulub. To enter you must take a boat in a tourist inn that will cross you through the mangroves. The reserve has three cenotes and two shallow water eyes ideal for younger children.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Wander38596532716
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Tried twice to go but tide was apparently too low. First time went at 9:30am, tried again today at 1pm still too low. They told us they have no idea when the tide would be ok. No sign or posting anywhere that it's closed. People driving up getting out of their cars getting prepared etc while employees watch. Walk on over to ticket booth, told no boats. Very puzzling and tad frustrating.
Written 25 February 2024
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shrinkwrapped3
Eufaula, AL234 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Although all the websites said it was open, as well as TripAdvisor, it was not. We took a Uber from Merida and arrived at 9:40 AM. We were told that it does not open until 2 PM. Very disappointed that nowhere doesn’t mention this. Apparently the water is low, but this did not occur today for the first time.
Written 22 February 2024
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AnneZ
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
I really liked the reserve. We paid 120 pesos entrance for foreigners, and 60 pesos for MX residents. A boat brought us to the entrance (2 min ride), they are easy to get into (even for elderly people or small children).

The animals mostly roamed around the entrance, were definitely not scared of humans and seemed to be very okay with being watched and photographed.

The cenotes are very small but very nice to cool down in, and you can put your feet in a very small one to get them exfoliated.

The reserve is very small (after an hour you have seen it all), but it was a very nice activity. Especially if you have small children, pairing the boat with the animal and some swimming makes for a perfect afternoon activity.

Bags are checked before you enter, you cannot bring any drinks or food. You can pay the entrance with card or cash, safety vests are available in the reserve itself. When the water is low the water smells a bit like sulfur, but it is nature after all ;-).
Written 11 January 2024
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Joe
94 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Beautiful area with coatis and racoons. The cenotes are interesting. There is a limited amount of walking that can be done. There is no real riding through the mangroves. Passengers disembark from the boat upon arrival at the cenotes.
Written 16 April 2023
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Eve
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Honestly, for me, this was the best thing to see in Progreso. The raccoons and the coatimundis are so darn cute. It's a struggle not to want to pet them (but don't! They're protected animals and wild. Resist!).
Even without hyperfixating on these fun little critters walking around you, the reserve is beautiful and surprisingly inexpensive (90 pesos + 35 if you need to rent a locker for your bag). The ticketing and boat staff are very friendly and helpful, too.
My partner and I didn't do the cenotes but they looked lovely. Definitely not as deep and different surroundings than the other cenotes you might see that have roots dripping down into them, but lovely nonetheless.

I totally recommend this venture to anyone stopping through Progreso. You'll enjoy yourself thoroughly! (And buy a t-shirt! They're cute and have raccoons on them!)
Written 12 January 2023
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Just Get in the Car
Philadelphia, PA803 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Stopped off here on a recent trip to Merida. Its about 30 minutes to there, and only a short drive from the beaches of Progresso.

There are three cenotas, with the largest in the back. They are all pretty nice. But if you are not OK with swimming in places outside of pools or the ocean, don't go.

This is plenty of wildlife around. We saw some turtles, lizards, birds, and, of course, the racoons.

Overall, a pretty cheap day. Its about $5 USD to take the boat ride over and enjoy the cenotas. They do have lockers for your stuff, but bring your own food, in case you get hungry.
Written 12 April 2022
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mark w
Bogota, Colombia40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Family
I really liked this peaceful place which is the nearest cenote to Progresso. Other reviews called it a tourist trap and I won’t agree This is place to get away from the heat of the day, they people on the beach and swim in a very nice setting. There are 3 cenotes in which you can swim and each is different (depth, size, proximity to entrance). All of them are beautiful to swim in and crystal clear water. Each cenote is man made since this area is in the middle of a mangrove which is interesting in itself. My wife and I went early in the day thus there were no people. 2 buses of cruise tourists arrived and we then left the place although even with many people it did not seem crowded. There is a type of raccoon resident there and once in a while there is a guy who feeds them. He’ll share the food and the animals will eat out of your hand (be careful as they are wild).

There is no food or drink sold here so come prepared. What I mean is you can’t have food and they will ask you to leave it in your car. They allow no sunscreen even to be taken across on the boat (they search your bag). The boat ride was nice and was short. This made the trip even more special as it lent itself to the exclusivity of the park. You can’t park your car and just walk in. I would really recommend this as a place to go on your trip to Merida/Progresso.
Written 3 April 2022
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Lior R
Herzliya, Israel2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Family
This place is horrible and i do not recommend it at all. Their is no real nature, the whole area is built for humans. The cenotas look dirty and are really unwelcoming, they look unnatural as if they were built. Over all, felt like a tourist attraction and nothing like a nature reserve. We where very disappointed.
Written 26 December 2021
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Vacation734168
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Friends
Really beautiful local resort and open air cenotes pools. You can take the boat to the pools, watch raccoons fooling around and take a bath. Just be aware not to use any kind of sunscreen.
If you don’t have a car you should take a cab there
Written 26 October 2021
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MAGA84
Brooklyn, NY45 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
You don't need a tour to do this, you just need to get to the parking lot. No food is allowed at all. In the line area there is a person with some very distressed and sad parrots-- don't take pictures with that guy. You take a short boat ride across, and there are three cenotes. The first is very small, kids can stand in it. The other two are deeper and larger. The water is beautiful and entrances are on wooden ladders, just a few steps in. These are the most accessible cenotes I've been to. The paths are well maintained and it isn't crowded. There are not a lot of animals anymore because they no longer allow food. The bottoms of the cenotes do feel muddy. Kids and non swimmers will need life jackets. They rent them or small floats for kids there. The cenotes inland (Homun, Santa Barbara, near Valladolid) are much more impressive, but these are a great easy side trip from Progreso.
Written 1 March 2021
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