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Monkeying Around at Punta Laguna – Adventures for Kids

Punta laguna monkey reserve in the Riviera maya

When traveling with kids, it is important to share some of the most magnificent sights of Mexico. Two of these are the area’s flora and fauna. There is a beautiful reserve that is just under an hour away from Tulum where you can enjoy untouched nature in a quaint Mayan village. Punta Laguna is located in Nuevo Durango just near the ruins of Coba. Punta Laguna is commonly known as the Monkey Reserve where you can find Spider and Howler Monkeys in their natural habitat.

Get in Touch with Nature in the Riviera Maya – Monkey Tour

Punta laguna monkey reserve in the Riviera maya

The drive to Punta Laguna is easy. Take the main highway towards Coba from Tulum, and look out for the signs that point you to the jungle road to the village. The road is paved and in good condition and takes you into the jungle interior to Punta Laguna that is located on a beautiful lagoon. You will enter the village first then carry onto the entrance of Punta Laguna Monkey Reserve where you can book you tour to see the famous Howler and Spider Monkeys. This walking tour takes you through the jungle through cleared paths to see where the monkeys live and play. What a great opportunity for kids to see families of monkeys swinging high up in the jungle canopy. The jungle ambiance, between it’s natural sounds and peaceful quiet, is a good break for the adults too! The tour to see the monkeys is $300 pesos for the guide and $70 pesos per person. The tour is about an hour.

Second Tour Option at Punta Laguna

Punta laguna monkey reserve in the Riviera maya


A second tour option starts with a traditional cleansing ceremony with a shaman who speaks to you about the sacredness of the area while performing the ritual. After the ceremony, you will venture into the jungle to see the monkeys. From there, you will refresh yourself in the nearby cenote and then jet down the zip line which takes you from the edge of the jungle across part of the lagoon. You will return by canoe to the entrance of the reserve. This option costs $350 pesos per person and the guide is included.

Third Tour Option – Crocodiles and Monkeys at Night

Punta laguna monkey reserve in the Riviera maya

Another tour option is at night where you will see crocodiles that inhabit the lagoon. This tour costs $400 pesos for the guide and $100 pesos per person for this canoe ride around to see these creatures in their natural home.

End with a Full Belly

After all this excitement, who wouldn’t be hungry? End the exciting day at Punta Laguna with a traditional meal of Pollo Pibil, a local Yucatecan delicacy, for only $80 pesos per person.

Punta Laguna is a family adventure off the beach and a great tour to for the whole family. Plan to spend the day there and be sure to bring biodegradable sunscreen and mosquito repellent as you will be in the jungle. If you want to visit the nearby ancient Mayan ruins of Coba, download the Loco Adventure Ebook that gets you to Coba!

Crystal is an expat mom who has been living her dream in the Riviera Maya since 1998. She is the first to admit that her kids get her out exploring and trying new things from beaches to cenotes, dance classes to organic markets. She is a great supporter and advocate of local businesses and grass roots organizations that bring new ideas and products to the area. She is particularly good at finding family activities and healthy food options that take you off the beaten path and into local neighborhoods. Her passion lies within the arts community whether it be painters, musicians or dancers.