We have been doing road trips through the Yucatan for a couple years now, and we like to check out new places. We were looking into road trips from Merida when we came across the El Corchito Reserve, which is a raccoon reserve. We knew we wanted to definitely include this on our trip!
Getting to the reserve is easy. We drove in our rental car from Avant Car Rental, and found the reserve using Google Maps. From where we were staying in the city of Merida, it took under 40 minutes to get there.
The Reserve is located right off the main road. We saw signs as well as murals on the building, so we knew we were at the right place.
There is a large parking lot with plenty of parking.
We arrived right before 9am when they open and purchased our tickets at the ticket window. Adults are $90 Mexican Pesos (about $4.50 USD per adult).
There was one other family there when we arrived, so about 8 people total. We had to wait about 15 minutes to take a boat over to the island because it seemed like they were waiting on more tour buses.
The boat is small, but was sturdy and got us to the island quickly, within a few minutes.
We saw some wildlife on the short journey, including some herons and this baby crocodile.
When we got on the island, we were told we couldn’t have our bags with us, and that we would have to rent lockers. It was a little bit annoying not to be told this ahead of time, as we had to shuffle everything and get changed and then go back to the lockers. We would have changed ahead of time and planned accordingly if we had known. However, I do understand because we saw the raccoons trying to get into the employees bags.
The reserve is not a particularly large place. There are a few cenotes, and there are raccoons around the reserve.
As soon as we got to the island, we saw some raccoons. There is no tour here; you simply walk around. However, we noticed that there were tours being given by tour companies, so if you take a tour bus from something like a hotel, you may get an actual tour. Part of the tour was getting food to feed the raccoons, so we were a little bummed that we didn’t get to have that experience.
There are also plenty of coatis here on the island.
* Note that for swimming in cenotes, sunscreen or bug spray is not allowed. You can shower off anything you have applied to your skin.
I believe the first cenote we visited was called Cenote Helechos.
This cenote was designated for younger children, and resembled a swimming pool.
The largest cenote is a short walk from the others along a canal. This one is named Cenote Pajaros.
This cenote is large and offers space for swimming around.
The last cenote we checked out was Cenote El Corchito. This cenote is not very large and by the time we got there, it was pretty busy, since many tour buses had arrived with groups of people.
There is also a cenote with small fish – just for feet! Yes, it’s a fish spa!
There were some nice covered areas around the reserve that were a nice respite from the sun.
There were cute raccoons relaxing around the reserve.
There were some spots where employees and tour guides were feeding the raccoons, which was fun to watch. There were some raccoons squabbling over food, so while they are pretty tame, it was a bit chaotic as well!
We enjoyed the reserve, and when we were ready to go, it was a quick trip back to the mainland.
Overall, it was a nice visit to the raccoon preserve. It did get a little crowded mid-morning, and it seemed like there weren’t as many raccoons out when we got there first thing, maybe because the tour groups were feeding them later. However, it was fun to see the raccoons and check out a couple cenotes.
What to bring:
~ swimwear & towels for the cenote
~ comfortable shoes
~ sunscreen or bug spray
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This is such a beautiful spot. Plus I love raccoons so this would be neat to check out.
What an adventure! Love all the animal interactions. So much fun!
I love all the swimming options. The wild life is also very cool.
Aww this was a nice trip for you guys. I have never seen brown colored raccoons before. They look as cute as the regular raccoons!
I think I would like that place. Raccoons are known to be aggressive sometimes, as least here they are, did you notice any of that type of behavior?
Wow! The place looks so cool! So many things a family can do here. Just seeing a raccoon up close is so mesmerizing! Loved it!
Wow! That was a really wonderful and amazing trip experience! That looks like a really great place!
The cenotes look so cool to go swimming in! I’m not sure I could handle all those raccoons though.
What a beautiful park and mural. I wasn’t expecting to see the coatis while scrolling through, what a cute surprise!
What a lovely place to visit, it must be a fun spot. Thanks for sharing it.
wow! This is a place I would like to visit. It’s a piece of paradise! I already see myself in one of these cenotes.
A raccoon reserve. That’s interesting. We have a lot of raccoons around here and they can be annoying because they sometimes mess with our trash cans. LOL.
Aww. All the little critters running around right there in the open are so adorable. What a neat experience!
I’ve never heard of a raccoon reserve before, how funny! It sounds like something my boys would really enjoy. I would be a bit annoyed about being told the bag policy AFTER you have no choice but to pay for a locker, too.
Oh my gosh how adorable!! My boyfriend is obssesed with racoons I need to send him this link so we can add it to our bucket list. I also had never heard of coatis before! Thanks for sharing!
Wow! This looks like an amazing place to visit. Lots of wildlife too! Glad your trip went well!
What a beautiful place to visit this is definitely somewhere we would love to visit especially with my animal mad daughter
This is so amazing. It’s been a long time since we went on a road trip. I would love to try it again. Hope you guys safe and enjoying the trips!
this place looks amazing, the colors are so vibrant there! I’d love to go someday
Ah, what is a coatis?? I have to research, lol This does look like a fun place to viist.
That’s a shame that you didn’t get a tour or to feed the raccoons, although they may have followed you around if you had fed them. Looks like a cool swimming experience here x
What a lovely adventure! Kids will surely love this place.
How fun to swim in a cenote! That’s something I’ve never done before but I’m adding it to my list!
I don’t think I’ve ever been to a reserve, i’m not even sure we have one here. I would love to see raccoons, though I’m scared of alligators.
I would love to plan a visit to this place. Such an amazing reserve and so many cool things to view and spend good family time together. My son would love it
I love that it is on its own island. Looks a lovely place to visit
Wow what an incredible looking place! It truly looks like paradise there. I’d love to be able to visit somewhere like this one day.
Such an adventure indeed! The Racoon Reserve looks like a place I would love to bring my family as so much to do and see while there, the swimming looks so relaxing as well
Oh wow this is such a cool adventure! My son would be so excited!
This looks like an amazing place to visit when in the area! I would love to take my ids here and I personally love things like this. Always love checking out your posts and will be back!
That looks like such a fun place, I’d love to visit somewhere like that. Thanks for sharing!
So many animals! I’ve never seen most of this in personal yet, so I’m adding this place to my bucket list 🙂
Your trip seemed to be a lot of fun. It’s the first time I’ve seen raccoons that are brown in color.
This place looks beautiful and I love how clear the waters are in that pool! The cuteness of those raccoons adds to their charm, however, I might be a little cautious with them no matter how cute they are.
Reserva Ecológica El Corchito (Raccoon Reserve) Progreso, Mexico would be a fantastic place for my family and I to visit. The photos are just wonderful and any place with wildlife is always fun.
I especially interest in raccoon than other animals. It’s because this animal seems like smarter. Surely this is a place that I will visit when traveling to Progreso, Mexico.