The Punta Allen Eco-adventure tour is an unforgettable one day journey to the most preserved portion of
the Yucutan peninsula's coral reef. It starts once one of our local bilingual guides picks you up at your
hotel and drives along the coastal road between Tulum and Punta Allen. You can see pristine white
beaches bordered with coconut palm tress along the undisturbed dunes.
On the another side of the road, brackish and freshwater lagoons make for a peaceful and delicate
landscape. While we pass the colorful estuary of Boca Paila, we move into more remote portions of Sian
Ka'an where you may have a casual encounter with a rare bird like an Osprey, woodpecker, or come
across deer, raccoons and other mammals along this road.
Along the road called Paso Lagartos, you will leave the vehicle and take a boat to the lagoons. En route
towards the fishing town of Punta Allen, we will stop on at a small mangrove island, a breeding site for
aquatic birds. Colored rosette spoonbill can be found keeping company with herons, ibis and egrets. A
cenote--a small freshwater lagoon lined by limestone--gives your local guide the opportunity to explain the
hydrology of the Yucatan peninsula and the relationship between cenotes and the distribution of the
In town you will experience the peaceful and quiet lifestyle of the Punta Allen community. Learn how they
have been developing a conservation-oriented, profitable way of life using the ocean resources and their
fishing expertise. Then test the fit of your snorkel gear, order a meal for lunch and prepare for your boat
tour on the ocean. Sea turtles, star fish and dolphins swim freely alongside, providing friendly encounters
while the boat heads toward the coral reef barrier.
During an hour of exploring the amazing underwater world of the coral reef, you will see thousands of
colorful fish and other marine animals that live in this fragile ecosystem. After lunch, you will hike on a trail
between the town and the Laguna Negra (Black Lagoon) to learn about the criteria that UNESCO used to
declare the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve a World Heritage site.
Heading back, first by boat and then by vehicle, you can enjoy the wonderful landscapes that the sunset
provides over the lagoons and arrive at your hotel by evening.
7:45am Pickup at Akumal Guide office
9:15 Registering in Sian Ka'an entrance
10:30 Boat tour around lagoon
11:00 Stop in Punta Allen for snorkel gear test
12:00pm Boat ride tour to the reef
1:00 Snorkel along the reef
3:00 Lunch in Punta Allen
4:00 Visit the Black lagoon
5:00 Back to Tulum
6:30 End of tour
Space is limited due to the nature of these activities. Guests
should book early to avoid disappointment.
$110.00 Adult / $90 Child (12 and under)
Level of phisical activity
This is a fairly active excursion requiring intermittent effort
throughout, including walking and climbing stairs.
• A bilingual nature guide (Spanish, and English)
• Air-conditioned transportation to and from Tulum.
(Service available for visitors in Playa del Carmen and the
Cancun area for additional charge.)
• Snorkel gear
• Snacks and drinks
• Entrance fees to Sian Ka’an
What to bring
• Sun protection (Sunblock, sunglasses, hat)
• Swimwear and towel
• Change of clothes
• Camera and binoculars (optional)
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