Punta Laguna Nature Reserve

Punta Laguna Nature Reserve

Punta Laguna Nature Reserve
4.5
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Punta Laguna is part of a 5000-hectare nature reserve called Ma'ax Yetel Kooh.
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  • Kelly B
    Ontario, Canada75 contributions
    Unforgettable
    What a wonderful experience. Juan is a lovely jungle guide. We saw howler and spider monkeys, paddled a canoe, hiked in the jungle, zip lined over the laguna and swam in a bat-filled cenote. (Note it takes some effort to climb back up out of the cave.) It was not busy which made it feel even more special. This area is owned and operated by thirty local Mayan families.
    Visited February 2023
    Written March 5, 2023
  • Mattias HS
    15 contributions
    Lovely nature experience
    Monkeys, zip line, swimming, cenotes, ancestral Mayan rituals – in Punta Laguna you get it all! Get a guide and to the whole tour! We went there without any reservation. We started with a Mayan ceremony, then we headed to the zip line, after that we took the canoe over the lagoon to get to the cenote. To get to the cenote you were hissed down with a rope. While there you are alone in a dark cave full of bats – they also say there are old Mayan skeletons on the cenote floor. After that we took a lovely swim in the lagoon. While going around in the forest we saw both howler and skeleton monkeys. Very recommended tour!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written April 7, 2023
  • Danaike
    185 contributions
    An unexpected suprise
    We really hadn’t heard much about this reserve but as we were close after a visit to Coba ruins and the cenotes we decided to have a look. Entrance fee was compared to other places on the higher side but we went into the jungle with a private guide in search of the Spidermonkeys. It did not disappoint. The local maya community takes care of this 5000 ha reserves and protects the many spieces within. With your visit you support them and the ecosystem. As an added bonus we good a soundshow by the Howler apes, saw and eagle, vultures, even a hummingbird and walked over ancient maya ruins! Juan and his funny dog was an excellent guide! Worth the detour!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written April 10, 2023
  • Ck_Nest
    Kennesaw, Georgia258 contributions
    Monkeys in Nature
    This was a fantastic stop after visiting the Coba ruins nearby. Our youngest likes animals and I like hiking so this was the best of both worlds. We had a local guide bring us on a monkey tour. He pointed out the monkeys and called out to the screech monkeys to have them respond. The trail felt like something out of Jurassic Park. There were other tours including a zip line and seeing the other side of the lagoon but, we were a little short on time. I’d definitely would recommend this for anyone who wants to see monkeys in their natural habitat.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 18, 2023
  • Polly
    4 contributions
    Amazing experience
    This was a fantastic stop after visiting the Coba ruins nearby. We love animals and we always try to find a tour which treat the animals well. The opportunity to see wild monkeys in the real jungle was an incredible experience for us, even in case of heavy rain! We had a local guide bring us on a monkey tour. He pointed out the monkeys and called out to the screech monkeys to have them respond. Moreover, we got lots of interesting information from monkeys live and we were happy, that we can support local community... I’d definitely would recommend this experience for anyone who wants to see monkeys in their natural habitat, it is definitely worth it!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 10, 2023
  • Mariusz S
    Baulkham Hills, Australia264 contributions
    Half a day to cool down
    This is a nature reserve where you can spent 2-3 hours in the forest to see some spider monkeys and learn more about them. The lagoon is beautiful, and there is a zip line there that you can take above the lagoon which provides a bit of excitement. The zip line was great fun and seemed well maintained. You need to row back across the lagoon with a kayak. Overall a good half a day can be spent here.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written September 24, 2023
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Marsha B
4 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
Our trip to Punta Laguna was a highlight of our trip to Tulum for our family. We were three 50-somethings and 3 teenagers, all in decent physical shape.

It was particularly wonderful to feel hope while visiting this lovely reserve after seeing so much of the environmental degradation that’s accompanying the booming growth in Tulum.

We went as walk-ins without a reservation or belonging to a tour and it was no problem. (Just as the website promised.) I speak Spanish but where we paid admission fees, they seemed to speak plenty of English and French. Who knows, maybe even other languages, too. :-) Anyway, a guide (who tuned out to be really great) was found for us and we started walking through the forest in search of the monkeys after a very short wait. We understood that there was no guarantee of actually seeing monkeys--especially the howler monkeys-- as this is (thankfully) not a zoo. So it was pretty wonderful when we managed to see families of both spiders and howlers. I think it helped that our group was relatively quiet and chill and totally open to backtracking and starting off in new search directions.

Our guide was very patient with us and we never felt hurried. He seemed to know exactly how much time we needed to wonder at the monkeys, take pictures and enjoy the quiet and beauty of the forest. When we had had enough, he moved us along to the shore of the lagoon and told us we were on our own now and free to enjoy the Reserve for a long as we liked. For an additional cost , visitors can go zip lining or go down into the cenote, but honestly we were so happy to just lay on the dock in the sun, eat snacks and occasionally chat with other visitors that we never did the other activities!

Our guide, like everyone else there, is part of the community that takes care of the reserve. We talked about poachers and how the community monitors the reserve’s security. Among other things, they have set up motion-sensor cameras and we were able to see some amazing photos of some of the cats that live on the other side of the lagoon--I believe there are jaguars, pumas, and ocelots.

Absolutely GO if you are interested in supporting a local Mayan community in their efforts to protect the flora and fauna in the reserve as well as their own cultural heritage. It feels pretty great to be able to support their really well-run efforts. Oh, last thing: be sure to bring cash for everything. And if you’re hungry, the community runs a small store at the entrance where you can gets drinks and snacks.

Enjoy!
Written January 9, 2024
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TMcRussell
Leesburg, VA21 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
We stopped here on a trip to Coba from Tulum. Great Spider Monkey and Howler Monkey sitings! Participating in a Mayan purification ritual was special, and the zip line and canoeing were fun.
Written January 3, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Mariusz S
Baulkham Hills, Australia264 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
This is a nature reserve where you can spent 2-3 hours in the forest to see some spider monkeys and learn more about them. The lagoon is beautiful, and there is a zip line there that you can take above the lagoon which provides a bit of excitement. The zip line was great fun and seemed well maintained. You need to row back across the lagoon with a kayak. Overall a good half a day can be spent here.
Written September 24, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Polly
4 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
This was a fantastic stop after visiting the Coba ruins nearby. We love animals and we always try to find a tour which treat the animals well. The opportunity to see wild monkeys in the real jungle was an incredible experience for us, even in case of heavy rain!

We had a local guide bring us on a monkey tour. He pointed out the monkeys and called out to the screech monkeys to have them respond. Moreover, we got lots of interesting information from monkeys live and we were happy, that we can support local community...

I’d definitely would recommend this experience for anyone who wants to see monkeys in their natural habitat, it is definitely worth it!
Written September 10, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Ck_Nest
Kennesaw, GA258 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
This was a fantastic stop after visiting the Coba ruins nearby. Our youngest likes animals and I like hiking so this was the best of both worlds. We had a local guide bring us on a monkey tour.

He pointed out the monkeys and called out to the screech monkeys to have them respond. The trail felt like something out of Jurassic Park. There were other tours including a zip line and seeing the other side of the lagoon but, we were a little short on time.

I’d definitely would recommend this for anyone who wants to see monkeys in their natural habitat.
Written July 18, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Danaike
185 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
We really hadn’t heard much about this reserve but as we were close after a visit to Coba ruins and the cenotes we decided to have a look. Entrance fee was compared to other places on the higher side but we went into the jungle with a private guide in search of the Spidermonkeys. It did not disappoint. The local maya community takes care of this 5000 ha reserves and protects the many spieces within. With your visit you support them and the ecosystem. As an added bonus we good a soundshow by the Howler apes, saw and eagle, vultures, even a hummingbird and walked over ancient maya ruins! Juan and his funny dog was an excellent guide! Worth the detour!
Written April 10, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Mattias HS
15 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
Monkeys, zip line, swimming, cenotes, ancestral Mayan rituals – in Punta Laguna you get it all! Get a guide and to the whole tour! We went there without any reservation.

We started with a Mayan ceremony, then we headed to the zip line, after that we took the canoe over the lagoon to get to the cenote. To get to the cenote you were hissed down with a rope. While there you are alone in a dark cave full of bats – they also say there are old Mayan skeletons on the cenote floor. After that we took a lovely swim in the lagoon.

While going around in the forest we saw both howler and skeleton monkeys.

Very recommended tour!
Written April 7, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

millergal88
Eagan, MN93 contributions
Mar 2023 • Family
We went in Febuary. Arrived midafternoon after touring Coba. It was the perfect time to see the monkeys. We also bought some products there to support the local community.
Written March 22, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Kelly B
Ontario, Canada75 contributions
Feb 2023
What a wonderful experience. Juan is a lovely jungle guide.

We saw howler and spider monkeys, paddled a canoe, hiked in the jungle, zip lined over the laguna and swam in a bat-filled cenote. (Note it takes some effort to climb back up out of the cave.)

It was not busy which made it feel even more special. This area is owned and operated by thirty local Mayan families.
Written March 5, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Richard B
Edinburgh, UK4,008 contributions
Feb 2023 • Couples
A wonderful lakeside experience an hour from Tulum. There are ziplines and cenotes too.

I managed to see spider monkees and howler monkees during my visit. A decent visit should take 2-3 hours and is ideal for a different type of experience away from the beach. Although I didn't have a guide, I managed to get around okay and seen plenty of wildlife.
Written February 3, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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