Sixty kilometers is the distance between Tulum and the small fishing village of Punta Allen. In between, there is a narrow peninsula with lagoons in the inside and gorgeous wild beaches in the outside. Perfect place for a hiking adventure. The area is part of the Reserva de la Biosfera de Sian Ka’an. The very few tourists who come here are taken by the tour companies to see crocodiles, fly-fishing or swim in the lagoons. As the tour operators are no the kind of things we enjoy, we decide to organize our own adventure.
We leave the bicycles in Tulum and we pack food and water for 4 days. The plan is to walk the 60 kms on the beach camping on the way. Over the 4 days and 3 nights that we spent on the area we had encounters with sea turtles,huge crabs, rays, barracudas and even a crocodile!
It was an amazing experience. It’s so little what you really need to be happy. Some food, water, a beautiful place and good company.
WHAT WE LIKED THE MOST
- 60 kms of isolated beaches with nobody around.
- Crystal clear, turquoise and warm water.
- Skinny dipping!
WHAT WE DIDN’T LIKE THAT MUCH
- The intense heat, between 12 and 4 in the afternoon, we were either in the water or under a palm tree.
EQUIPMENT CHECK LIST
Walking barefoot and with wet feet can produce blisters quite easily. So make sure you know how to prevent them and be prepared!
The 60kms can be walked in 3 days, but you will have more time to relax and enjoy the place if you make it in 4.
The rain can ruin your experience. So check the weather forecast and make sure you have sunny days ahead.
Bring enough water and food as there is absolutely nothing on the way. We brought 10 liters of water each for the 4 days.
The beaches in Riviera Maya are truly beautiful. Unfortunately, most of them have been a bit ruined by the mass tourism and “all-included” resorts. Sian Kaan Reserve is one of the few places left in the area where you can enjoy the nature at these spectacular beaches full with palm trees and coconuts!
The 4 days we spent walking from Tulum to Punta Allen have been, without a doubt, the highlight of our journey around the Yucatan Peninsula.
Location: Punta Allen, Quintana Roo. Mexico
Useful Notes: You will need to carry at least 10 liters of water per person. There is a army base 9 kms before Punta Allen where you can get more water.