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Punta Laguna Monkey Reserve
(Last Updated On: December 16, 2015)

Punta Laguna Monkey Reserve


If you are looking for an “off the beaten path” type of adventure in the Riviera Maya, then Punta Laguna just may the right spot for you.

If you want to see wildlife like monkeys in their natural environment, canoe in a lagoon, bird-watch and maybe even do some camping, this place has your name on it.

This natural protected area is almost the size of 10,000 football fields (5367 hectares) and is hidden about 1.5 hours south of Playa del Carmen town.

The jungle is lush, but there are a few paths where the guides will take you to see the monkeys. The lagoon is enormous and canoes are available for rent.

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We set out quite early from Playa del Carmen and packed a picnic. It’s an easy drive, approximately 1.5 hours door to door.

Once you arrive to the reserve, there is a parking area off the main road and a little palapa type hut where you can pay the entrance fees. The general entrance fee is only $80 pesos (under $7 per person). This gives you access to swim in the lagoon and explore the grounds.

If you want to see the monkeys, your best bet is to get a guide. $300 pesos (about $25) will get you a guide for an hour. In addition to getting up close and personal with the monkeys, the guides are knowledgeable about the plants, trees, and other flora and fauna. There is also a zip line over the lagoon, and a rappel into a cenote. They also do a purification ceremony. If you want the additional activities, the cost is $300 pesos per person, or if you want to split them up, they are $100 pesos each.

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We saw monkeys! In the wild! And they shouted at us! We first went out to where we could hear the howler monkeys. We did manage quite well in flip flops, but had I known where we would be walking, I would have worn trainers. Our guide was friendly and brought us through the jungle paths.

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Thankfully, he was there, otherwise we surely would have gotten lost. The howler monkeys were up in the tree tops, but the guides called out the them, and they were eager to answer.

We tried to find some spider monkeys, but they weren’t feeling particularly social that day. This is not a picture that we took, but look how cute this spider monkey is!

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We set out in our canoe onto the lagoon. This was the most peaceful experience I have had in a very long time. All you could hear were the birds chirping in the jungle nearby, the water lapping on the canoe and the odd howler monkey making himself known. Bliss.

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Once we returned the canoe, we did swim in the lagoon. The water was fresh and inviting, although the guide did say there were crocodiles in the waters, we did not see any and I have to assume they are more scared of us than we are of them.


If you want to stay overnight, you have two choices. You can camp. They do have bathroom facilities (eco-bathrooms) on site as well as a platform near the lagoon. If you want a more solid structure, they have a few Mayan “huts” for rent. We had only planned on spending the day, so after our time there, we headed home.


You will have to rent a car or vehicle in order to get there. Follow the main highway (307) towards Tulum. When you reach the main intersection in Tulum, take a right and follow the signs towards Coba. You will pass through many quaint Mexican towns along the way offering all types of souvenirs.

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About 30 minutes later, you will get to a roundabout: stay right. There is a small sign that indicates that it is the right road for Punta Laguna. Enjoy the “middle of nowhere” feeling as you drive along this road. About 20 minutes later, you will see the Punta Laguna reserve on your left.


If you prefer to take a guided tour, please contact us. We deal with a local guiding company that offers the tour of the monkey reserve along with a tour of the Coba ruins.

THE COSTS (valid as of April 2014)

– $80 pesos / person for Entrance into Reserve.

– $300 pesos / hour for optional Guide.

– $300 pesos / person for Adventure Package (zipline, rappel, & canoeing)

– $100 pesos / activity

– $100 pesos / person for camping.

– $300 / night (sleeps 2) Mayan hut rental.


You can see the Punta Laguna blog, or follow them on FaceBook.

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Lisa Wright Lisa is a travel expert who lives and works in beautiful Playa del Carmen. A native Montrealer who has successfully escaped winter for 15 years straight, she's all about helping people organize awesome vacations as a travel agent for PlayaDelCarmen.com.


  1. Hi…we will be traveling to Tulum in late January 2016 and plan to visit Coba and the Punta Laguna Nature Reserve. Can you send the costs of a private guide for both Coba and the reserve. Thank you!

    1. Hi Gina,
      Thanks for reaching out. I will have one of the travel gurus get in touch with that information. Have a great vacation!

  2. Hi we are a family of four, 2 adults and 2 kids (8 and 13) we would like to do Coba and the Punta Laguna Nature Reserve. Can you send the cost and of this — we are staying in Playa del Carmen. Arriving 12/19 so its coming up! I’ve seen this as a group tour should we divide it in two?? or keep all day? Hoping it isn’t too pricey. 500$ US for four seems a bit high. Thank you!

    1. Hi Tammy,
      Thanks for reaching out. I will have one of our awesome travel gurus get in touch. You can do it one day, as long as you are ready to spend an entire day (10 hours). Normally the Punta Laguna tour is a very reduced group, so $500 is about the norm for 4 people ($125 each). Our travel gurus will make sure to get you the best pricing possible….


  3. Please send info on your tours – for both Coba and Punta Laguna Nature Reserve (separately and together). We are staying near Tulum and have a car. This would be for mid-April for 5 people. Thanks, Linda

    1. Hi Linda,

      Thank you for reaching out! I will have one of our travel gurus email you the information shortly.
      Please let me know if you have any other questions and have a fabulous vacation!


  4. Hi Lisa,

    You mentioned the possibility of hiring a local guide at the reserve. Do you know if this needs to be arranged ahead of time, and if so, what is a good way to do this?


  5. Hi Lisa,

    Will you kindly send me some information on Coba and Punta Laguna Nature Reserve. We are staying near Tulum and have a car. Thank you for the help

  6. Hi! I would love information on how to connect with a local guide for this sunday August 6th. Do i need to set it up in advance or can i just show up there?

    1. Hi Lacey,
      Thanks for reaching out… There is a small office once you arrive to the site that can help you with a guiding service.

  7. Hi. Tjis sounds great but I have a concern. We are a priest family and can not participate in any shamanic or indianous ceremony. Is it posdible to just rent a guide for an hour without that part? Sorry for my English- I live in Sweden.

    1. Hi Maria!

      Thanks for getting in touch 🙂 One of our awesome Travel Gurus will contact you shortly with some information on this tour 🙂

  8. Hi. We’re a family of four who would like transportation and a guide for Punta Laguna Monkey Reserve. We’ll be in Akumal all of next week. Thanks

  9. Hello,
    I’ll be in Tulum next month, and the home I’m staying is right in the middle of the jungle. Yay! I plan to visit the monkey reserve, and would love to speak to one of your tour guides if possible.

    Thank you!

    1. Hola Jessica, thank you for reaching out to us, I will have one of my expert Travel Gurus reach out to you shortly via email. Have an awesome day!


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