Today we begin a series where we recommend fun things that you can do near the town of Akumal. Since this is where Gate48 is located we hope that these blogs will inspire you to explore the nearby area. Let’s get started, shall we?
AKTUN CHEN NATIONAL PARK
This place made National Geographic Society’s list of the “Top 10 Best and Most Impressive Underground Walkways in the World.”
You can take a guided walk through a five million year old cave, filled with stalactites, stalagmites, columns and pillars. Or if you prefer exploring from a high altitude you can try zip lining through the rain forest and get a view from above.
Afterwards you go for a swim in the Acktun Chen cenote, a sacred freshwater pools that will freshen you up with it’s clean, clear, cold temperatures.
There are plenty of animals that can be found here, especially if you visit their zoo. You’ll see spider monkeys, deer, numerous tropical birds and exotic plants.
AKUMAL MONKEY SANCTUARY
This was set up as a home for spider monkeys and the various endangered species found in the area. It’s located about 15 minutes from Akumal. The sanctuary provides food, shelter, and medical care for Spider Monkeys who were victims of poaching, loss of habitat and the illegal pet trade.
Animals from the local area are being cared for before being released back into the wild once again. So while they are there you as a visitor can spend some time with them and interact. You can sit inside the monkeys’ natural habitat and feed them, or simply let them play with you.
There are many photo opportunities, so bring your family and cameras to take pictures of the primates, lemurs and goats.
The emotional experience of seeing these animals is likely to be something you remember for the rest of your life, changing your outlook and helping you understand the dangers these and animals face.
This inlet contains a mixture of fresh and salt water. The turquoise waters are home to sea turtles, tropical fish and manta rays and makes for a nice day or afternoon of snorkeling. Two entrances to the lagoon: snorkeling rental equipment, life jackets, changing rooms, lockers, showers, and bathrooms.
The Caribbean marine life found here includes starfish and urchins, damselfish, sergeant majors, hamlets, parrot fish, blue tangs and queen trigger fish. Tropical species such as herons, cranes, pelicans, seagulls and egrets.
Are you looking for more fun things to do in Akumal? Stay tuned as we continue this series tomorrow and feel free to leave us a comment below. And don’t forget to share this article on your social media.