Punta Laguna Nature Reserve
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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Less than a 30-minute drive from Tulum, Punta Laguna Nature Reserve offers one of the most unique sightseeing attractions in all of the Yucatán: spider monkeys. The creatures are a top draw for the reserve, which also showcases jaguars, pumas, howler monkeys and dozens of bird species.
The nearby Mayan village also allows travelers a glimpse of indigenous Mexican lifestyle, where you can tour around thatched roof houses and watch women cook over open fires.
Most travelers hire a guide to tour the reserve. Guides are usually inexpensive and can provide a more authentic and informed experience for travelers new to the Yucatán. That said, one traveler on TripAdvisor went independently and found his wanderings to be pleasant: "We decided to take the tour on our own ... we were not disappointed."
Punta Laguna lies just about 15 miles north of Cobá. From Tulum, you can take a bus, hire a taxi or drive the 30 minutes from downtown. Open daily, you can tour the park for a moderate fee.