I would like to share an experience of friend who traveled through the Jungle to the small little fishing village of Punta Allen. The way she described it to me was somewhat humorous as they did not travel the traditional way through the jungle to arrive there. Punta Allen is a very cute and small fishing village past Tulum and Sian Ka’an. In order to get there you must travel through a rocky dirt road through the jungle.
There are many beautiful things to see as you travel through before arriving to the quaint little town. My friend’s journey began in Playa del Carmen where she and her husband rented a scooter to take a spontaneous weekend getaway.
Although very close to home they stayed one night in a tiny but sweet and clean hotel room in the center of Tulum. When they awoke in the morning they decided to head off to Punta Allen as they had heard about this destination yet knew nothing about it. Still they wanted to find out. They asked a few locals in town how to get there and received some directions but were advised to rent a jeep or a 4×4 if at all possible.
Adventurous Mishaps …
Being adventurous and spontaneous as they are they decided to ignore the advice and swing it on the scooter! Well about a quarter of the way through the long dirt road of Sian Ka’an, they finally realized the importance of the 4×4 as the ride was very slow and very bumpy. None the less, they took frequent stops to take a look and snap photos of all the beauty that surrounded them.
There are beautiful jungles, pristine bays of water, and sheer quiet and relaxation! In some points of the route you will even see camping areas where people come to enjoy a place where the jungle truly meets the sea. They realized half way that they hadn’t even arrived to their destination yet and they were already taking in quite a beautiful experience. Alas, they arrived and there was the sign “Welcome to Punta Allen”! It probably should have taken them half the time in a jeep but they didn’t mind because it was an experience.
Definitely Not a Resort!
Punta Allen is a tiny fishing village that attracts some attention for a quiet weekend or night away however fully maintains its charm. There is only one restaurant there and they have some options for cabanas.This is not a place for resort goers!
The cabanas are small, simple, clean and nice! You are surrounded by beauty and nature. There is a light house if you stroll down the path and in the little town you will see what some may think of as typical Mexico as this is not a tourist destination in general. The main activity there is fishing and as a tour option you can head out on a boat with a guided tour out into the ocean. Other than that it’s all about the relaxation. My friend thought it to be quite cute and funny that the restaurant owned a turkey for a pet, which had been tied to a tree in the restaurant, you know, just in case it ran away!
The Journey Home
The duration of the stay was not too long; only one night but enough to have a beautiful experience. Then they headed home back on the scooter back towards Tulum and back to Playa. It is truly wonderful that when you live here you have the option to just pick up and go somewhere and explore in such a beautiful place!
We should remember that some people save up for a year to take a vacation out to the Riviera Maya to explore and experience as much as they can because for many it is only a once in a lifetime event or at least every once in a while. Take advantage of what you have surrounding you and go!
-by Bea Lozano