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“A must see if you're near”
Review of Yumka

Yumka
Reviewed January 30, 2014

We had a rainy day to fill (staying in Palenque) and decided to go to Villahermosa, see the Parque Museo le Vente (closed when we got there) and Yumka. The drive took about 2 hours, one section of road was rough but even with the rain, the scenery was beautiful. Made a wrong turn in Villahermosa and ended up in a traffic jam which was a nightmare and the only way out was yo drive like a Mexican, aggressively!
Thank goodness we had Yumka to save the day. We were concerned it might be closed due to the weather, but it was open. We just happened to be the only visible clients at that time. The entrance fee was 60 pesos each, worth it. We were lucky to have our own private guide, Maritza, who could speak English very well. If there had been other clients the tour would have been in Spanish, of which very little knowledge.
We started on our own for a bit, saw some snakes and a tiger. Then Maritza took us further into the park, over some swing bridges, and showed us some deer, monkeys, two pumas and a jaguar. We hoped to see a crocodile, but not in sight. Then we boarded a wagon pulled by a tractor, which took us around a large part of the compound where there were many more deer, gazelles, ostriches, water buffaloes, rhinos, monkeys, zebras, giraffes, yaks, a hippo that was in the water and an elephant who had gone down in a trench before we got near. There were many other animals as well. The only problem with this part of the tour was that the driver did not stop often enough for good pictures, it's hard to get good shots when you are moving.
Apparently, there are also other areas where animals are kept as well as a boat on the lagoon and an orchid exhibit, but we felt it was too wet to do these things.
All in all, very much enjoyed this and highly recommended going there.

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Reviewed December 4, 2013 via mobile

My partner and I came a long way to see the Olmec heads at La Venta park and Yumka.
Both are closed. Very disappointed, especially because Yumka's website doesn't work and there is no other way to find out. Taxis as hotel management don't know that it's closed either.

Thank MelodyAuz
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Reviewed September 25, 2013

A simple safari, but well worth the money... we will go back...
It was a great park for our family of six to go and spend some time together.

1  Thank Clay R
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

Yumka offers a unique zoo experience unlike anything I have seen before. No baren concrete enclosures and for a large part, no bars or cages (exept for the cats and some species of deer and monkeys on exhibit) and where there was confinment, it was in a more natural setting with large enclosures. The tour is split half and half between a walking tour and a train ride (wagons pulled by tractor). The tour is guided (in Spanish) but seeing the animals up close and personal needs no narration. We chugged slowly through the grounds passing by many species including yaks, water buffalo, giraffs, rhino's, elephant, zebra's and more. At times the train had to stop to let these animals pass. It was as close to being in thier natural habitat as you can be. Yumka is accessable by collectivo, taxi, tours or just driving. We just stopped in on our way from Villahermosa to Palenque. Entry is 60 pesos for adults and well worth the cost. I wish we could have spent more time on this visit but it will certainly be on our list to visit again.

1  Thank TravellerJJS
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Reviewed September 14, 2012

I love Tabasco for it's nature and I also liked Yumka park, cause it is a very natural zoo. There animals live in a very special conditions, can be say that they are live on freedom. There are lots of iguanas, giraffe and elephant.. You can walk in a little part of the part yourself and you can go in a bus to selva.

Will go there second time soon.

Thank na_kryliah
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