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The Yal-kú creek is one of the Caribbean corners with which you will surely be surprised on your way. In this exit from the underground fresh water to the open sea, you will enjoy a unique landscape.

Along the coast of Riviera Maya we found different landscapes like that of Yal-kú: the sweet waters that cross the water table of the Peninsula opening way towards the sea, artistically eroding the limestone. Here the sweet and salty waters come together, in a delicate ecosystem that we must take care of.

Caleta Yalku, Akumal, Riviera Maya, Mexico.
The Yal-kú cove, another corner of Akumal 1

The cove of Yal-kú in Akumal

The best-known coves of this coastal strip are the Water park of Xel-há and Park of Xcaret. Both coves were transformed into Tourist parks with great success of visitors. They are strong claims for mass tourism that reaches the Riviera Maya.

La caleta de Yal-kú would become the poor sister of the others, or the most authentic and unknown. The landscape of Yal-Kú has nothing to envy the others.

Caleta Yal-kú, Akumal, Riviera Maya, Mexico.
Snorkeling in Caleta Yal Ku, Akumal, Riviera Maya, Mexico.
Mangrove. Caleta Yalku, Akumal, Riviera Maya, Mexico.

I'm more from places like caleta Yal-kú that of XelHá or Xcaret. These parks, when modified by man, make them lose their charm as paraje natural, something that I prioritize in my tastes.

Caleta Yalku, Akumal, Riviera Maya, Mexico.

What else to do in Akumal?

Caleta Yal-kú It is one of my favorite places on the Mexican Caribbean coast. In Akumal You have options to spend a day more than fabulous. Can swim in Akumal Bay with turtles in their natural habitat, eat in The good life and end the day discovering the caleta Yal-Kú.

I assure you that this menu is a happiness pill, but you will tell me. And of cherry, in turtle spawning season, stroll along the beach at night and watch them spawn. Akumal is a jewel, really, and the cove of YalKú its most hidden treasure.

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I swim with turtles. Mexican Caribbean. Akumal, Riviera Maya, Mexico.
Caleta Yalku, Akumal, Riviera Maya, Mexico.

Swimming in cale Yal-Kú:

Previous payment of the entrance and rental of snorkel equipment, you can bring your own, you will be ready to discover among goldfish one of the most beautiful landscapes of this Mexican coast full of paradises. While swimming in these irresistible crystalline waters you enjoy the life that hid the roots of the mangroves, of the birds in their habitat, the different saltwater and freshwater fish, merging two ecosystems where a fauna and flora must know how to survive between the salty and the sweet, two worlds of densities very different

Caleta Yalku, Akumal, Riviera Maya, Mexico.
Snorkeling fish Caribbean sea.

Discovering the aquatic landscape of this place is very entertaining. You can swim towards the ocean, just watch carefully with the currents. The mangrove, the great treasure as a natural regulator of this ecosystem, includes among its roots a large part of the lives of its inhabitants. It is simply beautiful to observe this private place with the mask. Another thing to experience are the haloclines, blurred effect that is created from the mixture of fresh and salty waters. When you see blurry, it is not necessarily your fogged mask, it is that you are in a halocline, very dreamlike.

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Blurred effect of the halocline

Do not miss Akumal, do not miss Yal-kú. Almost almost mandatory visit in Riviera Maya 😉

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Yal-kú, nature

LOCATION: Yal-kú is in Akumal, to 3 km from the entrance to the beach. Akumal is located at 37 km from Playa del Carmen and 26 of Jumpsuit.


SCHEDULE AND SERVICES: Open every day from 8 to 17: 30 h. On Sundays it is the busiest day. There are showers, lockers, restrooms, rental of snorkeling equipment, palapas and restaurant. There is parking. It is not allowed to use non-biodegradable body creams, nor to feed the fish. I recommend you bring your own snorkeling equipment.


PRICE ENTRY: 270 weights adults, children 192 (14 usd and 10 usd). Discount for local Quintana Roo, take your ID: 173 adults, 115 pesos children (9 adult dollars and 6 usd children). Equipment rental: visor or mask. fins and vest 96 weights (5 usd), and a locker or box office 58 weights (3 dollars).


HOW TO GET IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION? From Jumpsuit Collective departures on the main street. Since Cancun (the collective you leave near the ADO terminal) you must get off at the last stop Playa del Carmen and from here take another collective up Akumal (from 2 street between 15 and 20 avenues). Public transport leaves you on the federal highway 307, on the bridge at the entrance of the town (warns the driver, he knows). From here you walk 1 km to the beach. The ADO (big bus) does not stop in Akumal, you must go in, van, van ... There is a service taxis in Akumal to Yal-kú. At the exit of the cove, they call you a taxi if you need it.


Good way,

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