Wildlife and a Startling Museum
One day, we snorkeled with sea turtles at Playa Akumal, about 40 minutes south of Playa del Carmen. On my favorite morning, we rose before the sun to watch spider monkeys at the Punta Laguna sanctuary, about an hour and 15 minutes west of our vacation rental on Quinta Avenida. Hyped up by the primates’ sense of playfulness, we took a chance on a tourist attraction we’d read about — SFER IK Museion, a nature-themed, free-form art museum at AZULIK Uh May, a luxury eco resort.
Tucked into the jungle 45 minutes south of Playa del Carmen, the museum features a towering pedestrian walkway above the trees. The structure seems crafted from twigs, light and concrete, and feels organic, as though it has sprung up out of the Earth. Smooth, rounded walls create cozy nooks where you can lie back against the curved floor made from thousands of twisted vines. A large skylight in the roof is shaped like a flower, and light floods in from windows throughout the space.
What a lovely place to sink into plush cushions, bask in the natural light from above and marvel at the rich diversity of everything we’d seen in Playa del Carmen. Now that’s a weekend well spent.