PUNTA LAGUNA MONKEY RESERVE is a Natural Reserve right at 40 minutes from the Riviera Maya, at 20 min north from Coba Ruins.
The Reserve is owned and managed by the Mayan People of the Community
Punta Laguna Monkey Reserve is one of the 11 mayan communities surrounding the protected area of Otoch Ma´ax Yetel Kooh,which in mayan language means: “Home of the Monkey and the Puma”
In 2003 a group of inhabitants from this community created Najil Tucha Cooperative to provide tourism services to both national and international visitors with the purpose of awakening awarness through their participation in conservation activities.
The importance of the Biodiversity of Punta Laguna Monkey Reserve, was promoted by a series of studies both ecological and social. Some of them include the behavier and ecology of the spider monkey and the regeneration of the jungle’s vegetation.
The Spider monkey (Ateles geoffroyi), is the most representive and charasmatic mammal of the area. It is possible to observe them during walks around the lagoon. It is estimated that there are approximately between 400 and 800 individuals. I a lesser quantity there are also Howler monkeys (Aloutta pigra).
It is important to make note that although spider monkeys are easly spotted and are not perturbed by human presence, these are living in their natural environment and there exist several other patches of vegetation to where they move to in search of food.