Thursday, 8 August 2013

Punta Laguna Monkey Reserve in the Riviera Maya

During your vacations in Cancun and the Riviera Maya, we recommend you take advantage of the richness of these destinations´ nature and visit a few natural reserves. Punta Laguna Monkey Reserve is one of the many spectular bioreserves that you will find in the State of Quintana Roo, right at 40 minutes from the Riviera Maya or 20 minutes north of Cobá Ruins (close to Tulum).


Punta Laguna Monkey Reserve is one of the 11 mayan communities surrounding the protected area of Otoch Ma´ax Yetel Kooh, which in Mayan language means "Home of the Monkey and the Puma." This specific bioreserve is owned and managed by the Mayan People of the Community.


In 2003, a group of inhabitants from this community created the Najil Tucha Cooperative to provide tourism services to both national and international visitors with the purpose of raising awarness about the importance of this place through their participation in conservation activities.

The significance of the biodiversity of Punta Laguna Monkey Reserve was promoted by a series of ecological and social studies. Some of them include the behaviour and ecology of the spider monkey and the regeneration of the jungle's vegetation.


The Spider monkey (Ateles geoffroyi) is the most representive and charismatic mammal of the area. It is possible to observe them during walks around the lagoon. It is estimated that there are approximately between 400 and 800 individuals. 

In a lesser quantity, there are also Howler monkeys (Aloutta pigra). Although both kind of monkeys are easly spotted and are not perturbed by human presence, there exist several other patches of vegetation to where they move to in search of food.


To sum up, you will find your visit to Punta Laguna Monkey Reserve extremely enriching. You will observe unique flora and fauna, just perfect for some incredible photos. It is very to reach while you are on holiday in Cancun and the Riviera Maya. Should you need more information, do not hesitate to contact us at info@mayanexplore.com