Akumal is that place that, just when you think the Riviera Maya cannot be better, it leaves you with your mouth open. It is located just an hour and a half from Cancun or thirty minutes from Tulum and, despite its beauty, is still not very well known among tourists. The visit can be made in a day, the problem is you will want to stay there forever.
SWIM WITH TURTLES
From the moment you arrive in Akumal, you will have several options to rent snorkel gear or hire a tour that will take you to do this activity. Actually, Akumal is divided into two parts, the town, and the bay. The access to the bay costs $80 pesos and if you have your own equipment there is a public area where you can submerge a few meters and admire the turtles in their natural habitat.
Some tours are also offered to observe the nesting of the turtles, which takes place from May to November.
SWIMMING IN THE YAL KU LAGOON
Although you can also see turtles, the attraction of the Yal Ku lagoon is its turquoise waters and the reef area. The advantage of taking this tour is that it already includes the equipment rental and transportation to this area, since walking can be a little exhausting, depending on your level of fitness and, in addition, you will not need to carry your own equipment or rent it on arrival.
As in much of the Riviera Maya, Akumal has several attractions besides snorkeling. Among the activities that you can do are diving, windsurfing, kayaking, biking or fishing. If what you want is to enjoy its waters and admire the impressive blue and green tones of the Riviera Maya, take a kayak trip that costs approximately $250 pesos and can be prearranged or hired on the shores.
TAKE A WALK THROUGH THE VILLAGE OF AKUMAL
This is on the other side of the road, but it is worth taking a walk and getting to know the inhabitants committed to the conservation and care of this area. Here you will find one of the best-known restaurants called Madre Tierra, where visitors assure that several seafood dishes are served that could easily be considered the richest in the area. Also, if you plan to stay a little longer, you will find several signs that offer Mayan language classes.
TAKE A LOOK AROUND THE CRAFT SHOPS
Among the handicrafts that you will find in Akumal, you can take with you a small turtle of the material that you like the most so you never forget the natural experience that is enjoyed visiting these lands.
Visiting Akumal is an impressive experience, plus you can learn more about the life and care of the turtles. In this way, when you return home, you can raise awareness in your area about the importance of taking care of the environment and, why not? Invite them to discover this part of Quintana Roo.