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Banco Chinchorro

Quintana Roo

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About Banco Chinchorro

Banco Chinchorro Biosphere Reserve.  In the midst of the oceanic waters of the Mexican Caribbean, a unique reef system stands out, about which fabulous stories and legends have ...

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How to get there?

  • Most important locality

    Mahahual at 40 Km, by sea.

  • Airport

    Chetumal International Airport, Quintana Roo

References and Transportation
  • Ways to get there

    To enter the Protected Area, you must first take a land route along Mexico Highway 307 and the Mahahual/Quintana Roo El Cafetal-Mahahahual H...

  • Transportation facilities

    Own, rented or public land vehicle. By sea through authorized tourism service providers.

  • Mobility within the protected area

    Since it is a marine area, you can only enter Cayo Centro on land near the dock and field station.

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  • Schedules

    Every day from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

  • Entrance fee

    $362.20 MXN

  • Average weather in the area


Banco Chinchorro in Mexico

Activities and recommendations


  • Flora and fauna watching
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkel


  • The recommended months to visit are from February to May, since favorable conditions for navigation are required to enter Banco Chinchorro, ...
  • It is recommended to avoid the use of sunscreens that damage marine ecosystems, it is recommended to use long-sleeved lycra shirts (rashguar...

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Services within the PA


Lodging near the PA

Overnight stays can only be made in the nearest town (Mahahual).

Food service near the PA

Cheap restaurants
Street food (food service can only be provided in Mahahual)

Available services in the nearest locality to the PA

Bank ATMs
Transportation services

Nearest locality to the PA

Mahahual at 40 Km, by sea.

Admission fee

Protected Area entrance fee

$362.20 MXN Entrance prices per person, per day, as collection of rights.

Senior citizens, pensioned and retired persons, disabled persons, and minors under 12 years of age will be exempt from the payment of fees, whose status will be accredited once they enter the Protected Area, if applicable, with the corresponding valid credential. A 50% discount will be applied to students and teachers with a valid credential, which must be presented upon entering the Protected Area.

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Interesting facts

Banco Chinchorro is one of the Mexican reefs with the largest number of coral species. Banco Chinchorro is considered the largest atoll in ...

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It is the only Protected Area in the Mexican Caribbean free of white syndrome, so its reefs are the healthiest.

Representative species of PA

Queen Conch (Lobatus gigas), Allison's Anole (Anolis allisoni), Red mangrove (Rhizophora mangle)

You can see more representative species of Banco Chinchorro on the web site

Go to the Naturalista web site

Visitor regulations

Follow these indications to conserve the Protected Area

1. The entrance to the ANP can only be done with tourist service providers that have the corresponding authorization issued by the Regional...

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  • PA office address

    Av. Insurgentes 445 (edificio SEMARNAT) entre Tecnológico de Mérida y Tec. de Chetumal, Col. Magisterial. Chetumal, Municipio de Othón P. Blanco, Quintana Roo. C. P. 77039

  • Phone

    +52 (983) 285-4623 +52 (983) 835-0206

  • Email


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Gobierno de México
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