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Kaan Luum lagoon: an oasis in the Jungle

It was right there, a few miles outside Tulum and I never knew about the Kaan Luum Lagoon. Of course. How could you possibly know about something if you don’t look for it?

How could you possibly know what to look for, if you don’t know of its existence? 

But what if one day instead of lying on that gorgeous beach, I had jumped on my car and wandered around and explored the surroundings? wouldn’t it be the way to find out?

The thing is if we don’t get curious, and we keep following our routine instead, just because it is easy and comfy, we never know all the opportunities that are ready to be grabbed, just around the corner, just a few steps further. 

Probably from a sitting position everything looks too big or far and therefore unreachable, but if we get up and start moving, everything become closer and closer, smaller and smaller and therefore achievable. 

This time it was a beautiful lagoon, but it can be anything, a new career, a new idea, the love of your life, an opportunity to help… There is a universe of things, and people, and situations that we are missing out on just because we don’t look.

Remember, Godot never showed up! 

It was a cloudy day but it didn’t stop us from going out and exploring. Actually, my friend Francesca knew this place very well, and she kindly agrees to share her hidden treasure with me. That’s what friendship is for, right? 

So among the million things you can do in Tulum, remember to include this one. 

It was indeed 10 minutes driving past downtown Tulum towards Chetumal, the road was a paved comfortable road through the thick jungle interrupted by side small entrances to who knows where. I have always been attracted by those narrow lanes on the roadside and wondered what mysterious sites they were leading to. It might probably be another cenote or an undiscovered ancient Mayan temple.

Some signs were showing directions towards a few cenotes, which I will talk about on another occasion, and finally, on the left side, we found our destination.

Great! The car park is empty, just a couple of cars, which means that we would have enjoyed our private natural pool all by ourselves, or so we thought.

The entrance was just 50mxn (3 USD). Probably by now, it’s a little more. We started our walk towards the water. I was excited, like every time I am visiting something new.

And my expectation was fulfilled; the humid boardwalk led our way through the jungle and to our beautiful lagoon. There were more people than expected, noisy, and happily enjoying the water.  We kept walking towards the end of the pier, less crowded, (even though we would have rather had it all for ourselves), and stopped to listen peacefully to the sound of nature. We managed to have our moments in solitude.  You have to, if you want to connect with nature, just stare at the soothing water, empty your mind, and observe. It’s refreshing and fulfilling.

The fact that the sky was covered made it even more beautiful as the fluffy clouds were mirrored in the still water together with the surrounding bright green vegetation. A few birds were resting on the wooden poles that used to fence the swimming zone. I learned that the center of the lagoon is a  240ft (80mt) deep huge cenote, and it can be dangerous to swim beyond that fence, far from the shore because of various and unexpected currents. It seemed so impossible to me as it looked so calm and harmless. But I didn’t want to challenge mother nature and I stayed close to the pier, where my feet could touch the soft bottom. It was lovely and refreshing. A blessing, until the clouds got darker and darker and the rain started pouring down. That made it a very short day trip since we really found it wise to get out of the water and leave, as the dark sky wasn’t promising at all.

I was happy though, to have seen and experienced that new special spot and I know now that I need to go back on a weekday and early morning in order to enjoy it again, hopefully, this time in complete tranquillity.

Not many know that within this lagoon there is technically a cenote, you will see it from the different color, for the much deeper water.

IMPORTANTIt’s recommended not to swim beyond the cord for safety reasons.


I always suggest to rent a car and drive around because you have the freedom to visit in your own terms, without having the pressure of the tight schedules that groups normally have. I love to drive around a place and find new corners to discover, for as long as I want.

If you are new to driving in Mexico, I have written a useful post with tips and interesting information that might be useful as there are a couple of things you need to know and need to be careful about. Also, read the truth about renting a car in Mexico, very useful.


    Sheena Yap

    Wednesday 19th of October 2016

    What a joy to discover something right in your own backyard! Hoping that this will be the start of many new discoveries (:


    Wednesday 19th of October 2016

    Thank you Sheena! yes, I hope so too! :)


    Wednesday 19th of October 2016

    I have never heard of this place. Looks great lagoon to explore. Thanks for sharing.


    Wednesday 19th of October 2016

    Thank you Anita. it was beautiful indeed. I will be back for some new pictures on a sunny day :)


    Wednesday 19th of October 2016

    I must admit that I hadn't heard of this lake either, despite having been to and enjoyed Tulum a couple of times previously. It really does look wonderfully picturesque although I agree, capturing this on one of they typically perfect Mexican days would have been stunning. Regardless however, it looks beautiful


    Wednesday 19th of October 2016

    Hello Gareth!thank you so much! yes I know we tend to stay on the beaten path, also because there is so much to do around Tulum already. I will go out and scout some new cool places next week, so stay tuned if you like to get more tips for your next trip. :) thanks again


    Wednesday 19th of October 2016

    This is really a very picturesque lagoon. It looks so surreal. It must indeed have been a wonderful experience there.


    Wednesday 19th of October 2016

    Thanks for checking this out Vyjay. it was indeed beautiful and I will go back for sure to check this on a sunny day:)

    May EatCookExplore

    Monday 17th of October 2016

    Love it when you find beautful off the beaten track spots.


    Monday 17th of October 2016

    I know, right?! It's amazing! on of best things about travelling!:)

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