Ecology The Bio Park Breakwater

The aim of the Bio Park is the conservation, protection of native species and the spread of its importance. And the promotion of ecotourism while creating opportunities for local economic development. Therefore also seeks the participation of students in all grade levels to interact with wildlife.


During the tour enters the Insectarium to learn about several of these species, as well as tarantulas, snakes, scorpions, etc. Botanical Garden offers over 100 varieties from plants, flowers and fruit trees with a spectacular waterfall of over 37 meters tall. Going through the Callejón del Camino Real until the visit of the Iguana Sanctuary with its unique atmosphere.

The journey ends at the reserve where you will see animals in their habitat from a high point. A bridge of 40 meters long was built to enjoy more of this place to be known. Along the route you can see different species of birds and mammals belonging to the region.

Monday to sunday from 9:00 a.m to 5:00 pm.
Guided tours: 11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm in English, Spanish and French.

Adults: $ 45.00
Children under 12: $ 30.00

The Bio Park has a special area for food and beverage, health and parking.

Some suggestions:
We recommend wearing comfortable clothes and light, low, comfortable shoes and of course do not forget the camera.

The Bio Park
 is located on the scenic road to Playa Las Gatas 26-A, Zihuatanejo, Guerrero.


Cocodrilario en la Laguna de Popoyote en Playa Linda.

Con exuberante vegetación, este estero junto a Playa Linda alberga fauna autóctona, especialmente los espectaculares cocodrilos de todas edades que habitan aquí.

Es una atracción turística importante, especialmente para los niños, para observar a estos reptiles carnívoros en su hábitat natural, y a la vez hacerlo de manera segura ya que se encuentran dentro de un área bien cercada.

Organizaciones locales y nacionales actualmente protegen a esta especie tropical llamada Crocodylus Acutus.

Los cocodrilos son de sangre fría (su temperatura










corporal varía de acuerdo a la temperatura de su alrededor) y muy inteligentes, pueden crecer hasta alcanzar los seis metros (20 pies) de largo.


El Refugío de Potosí

It is located in the tropical dry forest of the coastal region of Playa Blanca, Guerrero. The climate is tropical, warm sub-humid, with an average annual rainfall of 1100 mm. Prolonged drought there from November to May, followed by a rainy season during the months of June to October. A peculiar characteristic of this forest is that the vast majority of the trees lose their leaves during the dry season, also not easily ignite these forests naturally, some scientists believe that certain compounds found in the dried leaves and timber may inhibit combustion.

Here the trees grow so close to each other as in the rainforests, so more light reaches the forest floor, especially when deciduous species have lost their foliage. This light availability in the soil causes a less dense plant growth.

These forests are known for their high number of endemic plants, reptiles, mammals and invertebrates. Were also a refuge for many rare and endangered species in Mexico, providing food resources and protection.

El Refugio de Potosi is located one mile from the heavily visited Playa Blanca, about 25 kilometers from the tourist resort of Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, on the road to Acapulco is ideally to be included on day tours by the area.

What can be found within this ecological park is:

Observation Tower Panorama View: Enjoy the view of the area with birds. Climb our observation deck, shaded and safe, and 15 meters high. Receive the cool breeze while enjoying the spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean. Explore visually the lakes, mountains and forests nearby.

Tropical Trail: See several species of native plants as you stroll along our trails. Many plants have signs with their common and scientific names, and their uses. Pay special attention to our growing collection of local bromeliads, both epiphytic and terrestrial. The trail is unpaved, but it is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.

Butterfly: Legend has it that butterflies transported departed souls to the next world ... this is easy to believe given their fragility and beauty. Stroll among tranquil ponds, streams and waterfalls within our lush green butterfly. Enjoy our native species and fluttering flying freely around you. See his full life cycle in our breeding areas.

Iguanas: They are as old as the dinosaurs. Despite being abundant in Mexico, are now threatened by habitat loss and human predation. Visit our iguana and green and black iguanas observed at all stages of its development. Small especially enjoy walking in our terrarium, where you can see very closely iguanas juveniles and infants.

Macaws: With your insolence special, glorious colors, great intelligence, personality and innate curiosity susceptible, these huge New World parrots are lovely. Lived and strictly monogamous, have one partner for life. Sadly, in the wild are endangered due to illegal trapping and habitat loss. In El Refugio have the opportunity to sit in the shade by the wildlife pond and having fun watching our parrots scream, talk and play.

Hummingbirds: Present only in the Americas, these tiny birds flying in the air by a rapid flutter that produces its characteristic hum. Brightly colored and metallic iridescence, beauty captivates and amazes us territorial aggressiveness. Enjoy watching them feed on plant nectar feeders and our abundant.

10:00am - 5:00 PM
Sunday, Monday, and Thursday.
Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays reserved for schools.
Closed December 25 and January 1

General Admission

Donation: $60 pesos
Local: $ 30 pesos (with credentials)

Children under 12:

Donation: $30 pesos
Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
By Public Transportation

From Zihuatanejo:

Take any bus that stops at Los Achotes (Approx. cost 10 pesos). Then take the passenger truck to El Refugio de Potosí. Cost 10 pesos.

Tell the driver we are located on the paved road between Los Achotes to Barra de Potosí. Approx cost: 250 pesos.

Plan Your Visit:

  • You are visiting a tropical forest.
  • Wear loose and light clothing
  • Wear sensible shoes
  • Refreshments available
  • Restroom facilities are available
  • Free parking


Mexico is recognized by scholars of Nature as one of the seven most biologically diverse countries in the world, because here you can find 10% of all known terrestrial species, many of which are only found in Mexico.

Of the approximately 9000 species in the world, in the country can be found around 1000, ie just over 10%. Regarding the area comprised of Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo is no record of watching over 320 different species, or nearly a third of the country's total.

This product is in this region, physiographic features, you can find different types of habitat, such as the coastline, deciduous forest and sub-deciduous in mangrove plantations, each with characteristic species.

Of the species that can be seen in our area, about half are residents, ie, which are present throughout the year, and half are migratory, ie visiting regularly (mostly in winter) the destination.

Among the most common resident bird list the following: the magpie (Quiscalusmexicanus) calender (Cacicusmelanicterus), magpie (Calocittaformosa), spring brown (Turdusrufopalliatus), the picuyo (Crotophagasulcirostris), the louis or flycatchers (family Tyrannidae) , the buzzard (Coragypsatratus), aura (Cathartes aura), the golden vireo (Vireohypochryseus), green heron (Butoridesvirescens), brown pelican (Pelecanusoccidentalis), cormorant(Phalacrocoraxbrasilianus), the frigate (Fregatamagnificens), the waiter ( Egretta alba), the white heron (Egretathula), the chachalaca (Ortalispoliocephala), the congucha (Columbina inca), the mourning dove (Zenaida asiatica),Hummingbird (Amazilia rutila), perlite (Polioptilaalbilori) and Cardinal (Cardinaliscardinalis).

With respect to migratory birds are the following: the white pelican (Pelecanuserythrorhynchos), peak spoon (Roseate Spoonbill), blue heron (Ardeaherodias), Stork (Mycteria americana) and some orioles (Fam. Icteridae) .

The area of Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo is a privileged place for both amateur bird watching, and for students of ornithology, as it is very difficult to find in one place so much diversity, and the fact that there is also a tourist destination, makes it doubly attractive, Doubly pleasing.

Ecotourism Park "The Chanequera" - Long Beach Mangrove

In "The Chanequera" can take a tour aboard a punt across the estuary of the place. An estuary is the name given to a body of salt water that is at the confluence of marine and freshwater.

The water ride lasts approximately an hour and a half, from the jetty to the mouth of the estuary, at this time, covered a distance of a mile.

The park is considered as an ecological reserve is 50 hectares of mangrove cover (set of vegetation in the predominantly trees and shrubs) and other varieties of flora and fauna, aquatic and terrestrial animals and migrants, while the stream is a body of water of 5 hectares.

The park has 3 trajineras with capacity for 16 people each, on board of which can be seen from "Moyos" (blue crabs) to birds on the branches of the mangroves chirping like corcocha, like herons and pelicans.

This tour is ideal if you like to appreciate nature and its wonderful sunsets, from bird watching or just walking to see iguanas, opossums, alligators and a stream that keeps the four mangrove species recognized for Mexico (white, black, red and buttonwood).

The project is a cooperative where they participate in the care of 82 mangrove ejidatarios, who have dedicated themselves to caring for the estuary as a place to promote ecotourism and teach children and adults to care for nature. This project was named "The chanequeras the estuary of Long Beach" because of the belief that these beings live there naughty (the chaneques) since the start of work to care for the estuary, workers always was something wrong (such as hiding them things or made ​​them some mischief).

Sea Turtles

Turtle release ever wonderfully abundant sea turtle populations have declined to become endangered species. However, in recent years, remarkable conservation efforts to restore and protect turtle populations are funded by the federal government environmental agencies along the coast including Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo where the efforts of the City and several hotels are increasing the survival rate of hundreds of thousands of small turtles.

Turtles mothers instinctively return to their birthplaces to spawn.

During the rainy season from May to September, many of them, especially the Olive Ridley species, but also the species of leatherback and hawksbill nest on different beaches of Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo and even in front of hotels.

Trained volunteers, including hotel staff, carefully collect the eggs and put them in pens where monitors incubation until spawning, when this occurs the hotels and the Ecology of the town organized spontaneous turtle release in which they can participate visitors, this is definitely a memorable experience for children and adults.

Since turtles are born small ponds come into giving them time to strengthen protection before being released into the ocean where they must fight to survive in spite of predators and natural elements.

At the right time and on certain nights the hotels organize a special activity for guests: The release of sea turtles, ask your hotel about this activity as it is a memorable activity for young and old.

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