Punta Allen is a heavenly secret, a hidden paradise in the Mayan Riviera
Leave the crowds of large resorts behind and discover Punta Allen, one of the best hidden places in the Mayan Riviera. Here you will reconnect with mother nature as you find a wildlife paradise, one which stretches over 1,300,000 hectares of land that includes: Mangrove swamps, rivers, unspoiled jungle and areas dedicated to fishing. Punta Allen is located right in the heart of the biosphere reserve of Sian Ka’an, only 180km away from the noisy tourist resort of Cancún.
Is it worth travelling for two and a half hours through a biosphere reserve to reach a fishing village?
The answer is yes! As soon you get there, you will find out that it was worth the effort. This place will reveal everything the Caribbean has to offer but in a more personal and relaxed way, far away from the crowds.
Punta Allen is a protected area and its powered by solar energy. Electricity is available between 10:30am to 14:30 during the day and between 18:30 to midnight, therefore you can rest and sleep in peace accompanied only by the sounds produced by nature. However, hotels in the area do have their own power plants with no interruption in this service. Please note that there is no telephone signal in this area, so your mobile phone will only be useful to take photographs and as a torch.
Accommodation is available in the rusticly-styled huts and wooden cabins close to the beach—just as you always dreamed your holidays would be. If you are an eco-tourist, then Punta Allen is the ideal destination for you, but even if you are not, this amazing place has the power to convert you. With its wonderful wildlife, including crocodiles, herons, dolphins and manatees, you can enjoy nature in all its glory in one of the largest reserves in the world.
But enjoying nature is not the only thing you can do here. This amazing place also offers other recreational activities, such as:
These are the three ways to get there.
1. You can travel on a “All terrain 4x4” vehicle from the biosphere reserve Sian Ka’an. This is the best and most practical option of transport as it fits well with your schedule. Even though it is a long journey, the amazing view of natural wonders will fill your senses throughout the trip.
2. By land and then by sea. From Tulum, you can take a “Van” that departs at 2:00pm for Sian Ka’an. From there, there are boats that depart at 16:00pm and return the next day at 7:00am.
3. From the dock called “El Playon”. First you will have to make your own way to the town of “Felipe Carrillo Puerto”, which is one and a half hours from Tulum, then take a taxi, or if you are driving continue, to “El Playon”. Finally, use a taxi-boat that offers the destination of Punta Allen.
Things we recommend you bring with you for the trip are: A map of the area, binoculars, sun block, lunch and enough water. If you decide to hire a vehicle, consider a Jeep or all terrain 4x4 van, and remember to fill the tank. Click here for more information regarding available routes, admission cost and time tables, as well as the best places to visit in Punta Allen.