On our most recent trip to Akumal, we were looking for some things to do, and found the Akumal Natura Rescue tour.
I purchased tickets online ahead of time and secured a reservation for a tour on the Akumal Natura Rescue website. The cost was $40 per person for a 4 hour tour.
The tour leaves from Akumal, and we drove there with our rental from Avant Car Rental.
Google Maps had the wrong location marked in town, so we continued on the main road, and the correct location was easy to spot on the right hand side of the road, with signs and a parking lot.
You can find the correct location marked on Google Maps as “Akumal Natura Glamping”.
We relaxed in an open air palapa while our guide prepared, and we were provided with glass water bottles to fill at a water bottle station.
The jungle around this tour was quite buggy, so the guide recommended bug spray.
We started out by walking around the glamping property, checking out the on-site cenote and bees.
Afterwards, we took a pickup truck ride to a reserve. I would say the ride was about 10-15 minutes.
The reserve houses many different kinds of animals, from parrots to javelinas.
The animals here have been rescued from a variety of different situations:
Our Animal Rescue Center collaborates with the local authorities to provide shelter for displaced native animals. Most animals were confiscated from illegal trade, abandoned by their previous owners once deemed unfit as pets.https://akumalnaturaglamping.com/akumal-natura-rescue/
We had a chance to interact with many of the animals, holding some birds and snakes, and feeding the monkeys.
The animals are well cared for, and some who are released remain nearby. We saw some large birds walking around who had been released, but stay within the sanctuary area because it is a good environment for them.
The guide told us many things about the area, from plants to history.
At the end of the tour, we took a short trail to a cenote.
We took a staircase into Cenote Tumben-Ha.
There was a large deck area to set our things down, sit, or relax.
The neat part about the cenote is that it is dark inside, with different color lights to illuminate it. Almost all of the cenotes we have been to have natural light, so it was cool to see something different.
The water was quite chilly, but it was nice to even wade in the cenote and cool off after being in the jungle.
I enjoyed learning about the Motmot birds, or “toh” birds, which tend to congregate near cenotes. Whenever we go to cenotes, I can hear their distinctive call.
We enjoyed the tour at Akumal Natura Preserve, learning about the local nature and wildlife.
Pros: good price, long tour, water provided, knowledgeable guide, nice that it included a cenote and swimming, booking was easy and the guide was ready and prepared. You can also use the bathrooms and get food before and after at the main building if wanted.
Cons: Tour is a bit long especially with kids
Check out their website at https://akumalnaturaglamping.com/akumal-natura-rescue/
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About the Author: Marysa
Busy blogger and mom of two girls! We love traveling and the great outdoors, and are always looking for our next adventure!
I am so inspired to now visit Mexico. It looks like a great vacation spot.
This would be a nice tour to go on. I really like all the scenery. The birds are gorgeous too!
This looks like a pretty amazing experience, I would love to check out this tour.
Wow! What a wonderful and amazing experience! I would love to go there!
This is such a really wonderful place to have a vacation! It would be a awesome experience for sure!
This looks so fun. My daughter would go crazy if she could get that close to a monkey, especially one that’s been rescued!
What a beautiful place! That parrot brings back fun memories of my childhood. We had one.
What a beautiful location, the cave pictures are gorgeous and probably my favorite!
Awesome experience guys! The place looks so stunning and mesmerizing! People which is a nature-lover will definitely fall in love with the place! Such a great find. Thanks!
This sounds like such an amazing trip. I would love to visit one day.
What an interesting place to visit. I’ve never heard of this place before but I would love to go someday.
wow! What an unique and special place! I love that you can interact with animals!
I don’t trust Google maps these days! Lol 😬 Anyway, looks like you all had an amazing trip❤️. I would love to visit this place someday 😍.
These pictures are stunning and looks like you and your family had a fabulous time. All of those beautiful animals and birds… wow! I so have to add theist my bucket list 😉
The cenote is so beautiful. I’d love to cool off after that hike with the tour guide.
Also, that is cool that you interacted with some of the birds and wildlife there.
The places you’ve been sharing in Mexico have me itching to get back. We went once, but we mostly stayed in the more urban areas.
It looks like you had such an interesting time interacting with such wonderful creatures. I will definitely visit if I am in Mexico.
What an amazing place to visit, this is somewhere my daughter would want to go too as she is animal mad. We have often talked about visiting Mexico
That’s incredible. I would love to see the cenotes one day but I hadn’t thought of the beautiful surroundings and the beautiful animals one can see as well.
What a fantastic experience! And, good to see that the animals were well cared for. It’s looks very green and lush.
What an awesome experience! Looks like so much fun and beautiful there…I’d love to visit one day!
$40 for a 4 hour tour sounds so worth it especially since you got to see and experience so much at the reserve in Akumal
That’s such a beautiful place to visit. All the clicks are really beautiful
I really like all the scenery and would enjoy a tour. I love all the animals.
This place looks so amazing! The animals r all beautiful and that cavern looks awesome! I really love cavern tours! Someday I hope to check this place out for myself!
It looks so beautiful here! I love the range of animals you were able to see and how cool to see a cenote at the end of the trail. I’d love to visit here.