Price & Hours
- Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing, Tours Type
- 2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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Less than 40 miles north of 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 thatched roof houses and watch people cook over open fires.
Many travelers highly recommend hiring a guide to tour the reserve, as guides are usually inexpensive and can provide a more authentic and informed experience for travelers new to the Yucatán. Past visitors reported paying 300 pesos (or about $16) for a guide. Many said that without the guide, they may not have spotted the monkeys. If you don't want to fork over the pesos for a guide, several recent travelers said you can still have a great experience just wandering around on your own and described it as a must-see attraction.
Punta Laguna lies just about 13 miles northeast of Cobá. From Tulum, you can take a bus, hire a taxi or drive. Open daily from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., the entrance fee is moderate (around $5 per person), but that does not include a guide.