An underground tour that leads to a deceptive cenote; its enigmatic beauty can’t be captured in pictures.
The water in this cenote is crystal-clear and very cold, though this isn’t a problem for those wishing to swim in it. When you get to the cenote, the lights are turned off so you can enjoy the natural lighting that illuminates this wonderful place. Don’t miss out on this experience, visit Santa Cruz cenote.
Entrance fee is 40 pesos for children and adults (subject to change).
To get to Akumal from Cancun go south on the new four-lane highway 308 for 95 km. Follow the signs indicating the way to Tulum and Chetumal. Driving to Akumal takes about one hour. Turn left at the sign that says Playa Akumal, where there are concrete structures that say Las Casitas. About 700 m from the road.
Open every day from 8 am to 4 pm (not open to the public)
Santa Cruz is private property, not open to the public; the only way to visit it is on a guided tour. What to bring: Bathing suit, a t-shirt, waterproof camera, comfortable shoes.
Guided tour of the cave to get to the cenote.
Akumal is the perfect place for relaxing and pampering yourself and is one of the most peaceful places on the Riviera Maya. Only 37 km from Playa del Carmen, this small town is the preferred spot for lovers of calm and remote places. On its tranquil beach you can dive or go swimming. You don’t need more than the breeze and the sun to make Akumal one of your favorite places. Its crystal waters are the favorite for fans of aquatic life.
From Cancun: take the new 4-lane highway 308 south for 95 km to Akumal. Follow the signs to Tulum and Chetumal. The trip takes about an hour. Take a left at the sign that says “Playa Akumal” where there are some cement buildings with the name “Las Casitas.” About 700 meters from the road there will be an entrance arch with the Las Casitas reception in the offices to the left.
Akumal is great for diving, swimming, sunbathing on its fine sand and trying tasty seafood. Definitely take home a souvenir from one of the shops with many different kinds of handicrafts. This is not a nude beach. It’s important to wear comfortable clothing and use sunscreen if you plan to be on the beach, either taking a stroll, relaxing or swimming. After 5 pm it’s prohibited to drink alcoholic beverages on the beach. Driving vehicles on the beach is prohibited. Beach flags: green means it’s ok to swim, yellow means take precautions and red means swimming is prohibited. Don’t forget to respect the area you’re visiting and keep it clean.
Hotels, restaurants, diving courses, restrooms, showers, handicraft shop, jewelry shop, parking, laundry service.
Hidden between the beaches of Playa del Carmen and Akumal, this is another Quintana Roo gem. Its quiet waters are home to countless marine species, which you’ll be able to admire in their natural habitat. You have never enjoyed swimming as much as you will in Laguna Yal-ku.
One of the best kept secrets of the Mexican Caribbean, Yal-ku lagoon, which is a result of the mouth of an underground river that is mixed with the sea, provides the perfect environment for snorkeling enthusiasts. Its clear brackish water, provide habitat for a wide range of species such as parrotfish, sergeant, among others. The water feels really nice, cold but nice and the recommendation is to arrive early, as space is limited and the water is crystal clear with fewer visitors.
When in season entrance is about 130 pesos; off-season admission is free (subject to change).
On the Cancun-Tulum road take the Akumal exit. Pass the arches welcoming you to Akumal and keep going straight. You’ll see signs directing you to the lagoon.
Open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Facilities include parking and restrooms; there isn’t any snorkeling equipment available for rent, so bring your own. Remember sea urchins are poisonous; please don’t touch them, as they can easily pierce your skin. Using sunscreen and eating are prohibited. The number of visitors to the lagoon is limited. There are guides to make your visit more pleasant.
The only archeological site by the sea, Tulum is the most photogenic spot in the region, maybe even the country. For the Mayans, it was an important ceremonial center that was inhabited for a long time, even by the time the Spaniards arrived. The Mayan city is within the Tulum National Park.
Tulum means “wall” in the Mayan language, a reference to the wall around the city. It was devoted to the planet Venus, considered a dual deity named Kukulkan, whose worship was first introduced in Chichen Itza. Because of its location on the coastal flatland, at a height where the natural horizon could be seen in every direction, it is believed to have been an astronomical observation point. According to historians, the construction of the buildings dates from the Mayan civilization Post Classic period, that is between 1200 and 1450 AD. The city was so comfortable, European conquerors settled in the area, though the site was abandoned in the late 16th century. An interesting fact: for a long time, the Tulum archeological site remained unnoticed by tourism, as locals knew of the place and even held traditional ceremonies and rituals in it, until it was named among Mexico’s Cultural Heritage sites and the work toward making it the third most visited archeological site in the country
You can enter the zone by foot or on a small train (ran independently from the Mexican Institute for Anthropology and History, which manages all archeological sites) that costs 20 pesos for the round trip. The use of videocameras costs 30 pesos. You’ll have to park your car at a shopping square by the site’s entrance, for another 30 pesos. The distance between the main gate and the archeological
From Merida take the Merida-Cancun road, be it the highway or the toll road. If you’re on the toll road, exit at Valladolid to take the highway to Cancun. Once on it, when you get to a village called Chemax, about 30 km (20 mi) from Valladolid, you’ll see a detour that will take you first to Coba and then to Tulum.
Monday through Sunday from 8 am to 5 pm; you can go in at 4:30 pm at the latest.
Make sure to wear lightweight clothing, a hat, sunblock and comfortable shoes, and bring bottled water. The use of videocameras costs an additional 30 pesos. You have to park your car at a shopping square at the main entrance of the site. The distance between the main gate and the archeological site is 1 km (less than a mile), which you can walk or cover on a small train. Check the weather in advance so your visit won’t be ruined by rain. Remember, it’s important to respect the area you’re visiting and keep it clean.
The services offered in the archeological site are a store, a ticketing area, restrooms and certified guides who offer tours during opening hours. In the village and surrounding area there are several hotels and restaurants, as well as handicraft shops.
Caleta Tankah is a beautiful cove on the Mexican Caribbean, 4 km away from the Tulum archeological site, and an ideal place to go snorkeling. Muyil, also known as Chunyaxche, is an archeological site hidden in the jungle by a lagoon of the same name, located 30 minutes south of Tulum; it’s the largest archeological site found in the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve to date. There’s also Bacalar, two hours away from Tulum, where you can enjoy a beautiful lake and other attractions.
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Prime location in the tropical countryside, surrounded by exotic gardens in an environment of beautiful beaches. The rooms at the Grand Bahia Principe are located in beautiful three-storey villas, overlooking the turquoise sea and tropical gardens of the resort. Among them, there are 14 rooms for disabled guests and all rooms are non-smoking, for those who want to smoke, the terrace area.
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Variety of attractions that this destination has to discover: skyboard, wind surfing, diving, boating, fishing, tours to the Mayan ruins, visits to Xel-Ha, Xcaret or Xplor parks, visits to cenotes, horseback riding, ATV ride and swimming with dolphins.