Punta Laguna Spider Monkey Reserve

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Officially named Otoch Ma'ax Yetel Kooh, which means "home of the spider monkey and the puma," Punta Laguna is a national protected area where 120 Maya Villagers live and maintain the property. Here, they make their living hosting a variety of tourism-based activities and sharing their culture with all who care to learn about it.

Somewhere between 400 and 800 Spider Monkeys and fewer Howler Monkeys populate the reserve, along with Pumas, White-tailed Deer, the Ocellates, and the Coati. But animals are not the only reason to visit Punta Laguna. An archeological site consisting of 36 Maya structures built between 300 B.C. and 250 A.D. are on property, as well as the Skull Cenote where over 120 skeletons from between 200 and 400 A.D. have been retrieved.

Eco-tourism is popular here, with such pursuits as jungle hiking, canoeing, zip-lining, water hole rappelling, and camping are optional.


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Set just 18 kilometers from Coba Archeological Site, Punta Laguna is easily accessible by bus or car. The trip is 30 minutes from the nearest downtown area.

Situated in the Riviera Maya, Punta Laguna Spider Monkey Reserve happily welcomes local residents and travelers lodging in this part of Quintana Roo. However, even if you aren't staying nearby, you are free to stop by to enjoy a great time. It is 27.1 miles northwest of Akumal.

Nearby Restaurants

There are enough culinary options in the community around Punta Laguna Spider Monkey Reserve to keep tourists satisfied. The most proximate eatery to Punta Laguna Spider Monkey Reserve is El Bocadito, which plates up Mexican fare. Also within reach, you and your companions will encounter eateries like Nicte-Ha and La Sazon Mexicana so if you're lucky, at least one of these nearby choices will placate the whole gang.

Nearby Attractions

You'll find some other activities in the area, including Nohoch Mul, which is within driving distance in the Riviera Maya. You might also consider heading to Xaibe Temple, which is another attraction nearby.

Being able to choose from some other activities will ensure you won't run low on things to do. Attractions close-by can be found in the following table.

Attractions Near Punta Laguna Spider Monkey Reserve
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location
Nohoch Mul Historic Site 11.9 mi. (41.4 km) SSW 25.8 mi. Northwest of Tulum
Xaibe Temple Historic Site 12.0 mi. (41.4 km) SSW 25.8 mi. Northwest of Tulum
Coba Ball Courts Historic Site 12.1 mi. (41.6 km) SSW 25.8 mi. Northwest of Tulum
Coba Ruins Historic Site 12.3 mi. (41.7 km) SSW 25.9 mi. Northwest of Tulum

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