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Riviera Maya: Sian Kaan Boat Trip Adventure

1. Riviera Maya: Sian Kaan Boat Trip Adventure

Punta Allen is a picturesque and perfect place to park yourself on a 3-hour boat tour! Here explore the local lagoons and come face to face with the incredible wildlife of this region. You'll have the chance to see beautiful birds and maybe even the chance to see wild dolphins and sea turtles that live in these waters! On our 3-hour tour, also stop at the 2nd largest coral reef in the world, where you can jump out of the boat and enjoy a pleasant snorkel adventure (subject to sea conditions). You'll be amazed at the colors of this still very healthy coral reef and the varieties of fish are absolutely stunning. The reef system is home to more than 65 species of stony coral, 350 species of mollusk and more than 500 species of fish. After your snorkel, head to the beach, where the picture perfect sandbar awaits. Here enjoy a delicious Caribbean lunch of fresh fish and fruit before heading back out to explore a bit more. The biodiversity of the Yucatan Peninsula is important and the aim is to share this passion with you and teach you how you can all work to keep this great natural land safe for future generations. It became a World Heritage Site in 1987 and you'll understand why!

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From Tulum: Sian Ka'an Half-Day Tour

2. From Tulum: Sian Ka'an Half-Day Tour

The ancient Mayan ruins of Muyil in the middle of the Sian Kaan Jungle Reserve look like something out of an old Indian Jones movie. Here, you will discover the incredible history of this ancient civilization, as you wander through the ruins. Muyil was one of the earliest and longest inhabited ancient Maya sites on the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, and artifacts have been found here dating all the way back to 350BCE! On our day together, we will walk through this inspiring eco-preserve to the highest point in the Sian Kaan reserve, where we can gaze out at unblemished jungle that is filled with hundreds of species of birds, plants and animal life. After our hike, we will enjoy a boat ride through the trading canals of the ancient Maya civilization and visit the Maya temple of Xlapak. Here, you can gaze at the detailed facades of these old ruins, located at the bottom of the river valley. They are so well preserved, you will easily be able to pick out the figures (keep an eye out for the Rain god!) After visiting this site, we will float back down through the canals between mangroves and gently carry ourselves out in the crystal-clear waters around the peninsula. On board, enjoy an assortment of Mexican snacks as the sunsets over this beautiful landscape. Together we will experience the best of this region! The food, the culture, the nature and a bit of relaxation make this an absolutely perfect day trip from your home base in Playa del Carmen.

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Sian Ka'an Safari with Transfer Options

3. Sian Ka'an Safari with Transfer Options

After pick-up from your hotel, arrive in Tulum for a quick briefing. Travel for about 25 kilometers before you board the boat in Paso Lagartos to start the 3-hour marine safari. On the way to Paso Lagartos, make a stop at the Boca Paila Bridge where the lagoon and Caribbean Sea meet to admire local species of crocodiles. During your marine safari, observe wild dolphins, sea turtles and different species of birds and manatees. You can even go snorkeling if the sea conditions are good. After snorkeling, head to a natural pool, Punta Allen, to swim and relax. Afterwards, enjoy lunch followed by some free time to explore the area. End with a transfer back to your hotel.

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From Riviera Maya: Sian Ka'an Discovery Tour with Lunch

4. From Riviera Maya: Sian Ka'an Discovery Tour with Lunch

Get picked up from your accommodation in Riviera Maya or Tulum and head to Sian Ka’an, a rich and diverse nature reserve south of Tulum. Board a small boat to visit Boca Paila lagoon and spot the local wildlife. Head out a short distance on open water to snorkel, if weather permits, on the Mesoamerican Barrier reef and be delighted by the healthy corals and abundance of fish. If the weather does not permit you to snorkel, visit an open cenote instead. See tropical saltwater canals, mangrove islands, and flooded sinkholes.  Return to the beach where your homemade lunch awaits you. Relax amongst the coconut groves or go for a swim in the sea before going back on the road. Get dropped off at your accommodation and reflect on the unique landscapes you just encountered.

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From Cancun: Private Sian Ka'an Adventure Tour

5. From Cancun: Private Sian Ka'an Adventure Tour

This half-day tour will be a unique opportunity to relax and enjoy a refreshing day at the Riviera Maya in Sian Ka'an. Enjoy a great opportunity to get a closer look at the local wildlife of the area and visit some of the most important archaeological sites in this area. This tour will take you on a short boat ride to the river channels, then you will visit one of the unique ruins in the middle of the mangroves. Start with a 07:40 pick-up from your hotel. Arrive at the Sian Ka'an Reserve at 10:00 and walk around the archeological zone. Float in the Mayan channels. Have lunch before you transfer back to your hotel.

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Tulum: Sian Ka'an Biosphere Eco Park Extreme

6. Tulum: Sian Ka'an Biosphere Eco Park Extreme

This thrilling full-day eco adventure of Sian Ka'an begins with a visit to the Muyil ruins, an exceptionally well-preserved site, with structures that date back to the post-classic period of 1200 to 1500 AC. Get privileged views on a zip line over the small lagoon. Then, take a boat ride through the Muyil and Chunyaxché Lagoons. Riding along the crystalline turquoise waters, you will reach the Xtlapak ruins, where you will hop into an ancient canal built by the Mayans over 1,000 years ago. While the gentle current pushes you along for approximately 45 minutes, listen to bird song and the whisper of the wind above. Float down the Mayan canal to Xtlapak, a checkpoint or customs stop where travellers wishing to pass had to pay a tax. Cruise back to the ecological park to hike through the lush jungle. Once you arrive at the cenote (ancient sinkholes), you can enjoy a thrilling zipline ride and a relaxing snorkel in the clear waters of the cenote. Equipment will be provided. Then, it’s time to enjoy a variety of authentic local dishes, such as chicken pokchu, pork, hand-made tortillas, salads, rice and beans. Meals include a drink, coffee, and dessert. With your appetites satisfied, walk through an authentic Mayan village, where the park's inhabitants live and work, and even have their own administration and commissioner.

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Tulum: Sian Ka'an Lagoons and Cenote Escondido Tour

7. Tulum: Sian Ka'an Lagoons and Cenote Escondido Tour

After meeting at the dive store, you will depart to explore the Sian Kaan Biosphere Reserve, which has some amazing lagoons and canals just waiting for you to explore. The beautiful lagoons are connected between various canals, which you will also be free to explore. You can follow a Mayan commerce route from an ancient Mayan city (Muyil Ruins) to a jungle path, and then ride a boat to the lagoons and canals. Later, jump in to the turquoise water and float on your life jacket along the current of a canal. On the way back you will stop in Cenote Escondido for a snack, and can also enjoy some snorkeling and swimming in the nearby pristine waters.

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Tulum: Sian Ka'an Bisophere Reserve Full-Day Tour

8. Tulum: Sian Ka'an Bisophere Reserve Full-Day Tour

Explore the unique Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve of the Riviera Maya, and learn more about the Mayan history as you immerse yourself in an underwater world, snorkeling in the sacred waters of a cenote. Following a pick-up from your hotel, head to the reserve to hike through the jungle. Located on the Caribbean coast of Mexico, near the Mayan ruins of Tulum, Sian Ka’an is an ecotourism and education center that provides a good example of sustainable development in sensitive tropical ecosystems. Discover the impressive Mayan temple of Muyil. Cross the lagoon by boat while your certified guide explains more about the reserve's ecosystem and wildlife. You will even have time to swim and float through the channels of the freshwater stream. Discover the different sorts of mangroves and other flora and fauna of the region. A 3-course lunch of typical Mexican food will be served at Restaurant Don Cafeto in Tulúm. Then, it’s time to snorkel in the crystal clear waters of the "El Sueño" cenote, and experience part of the underwater system of rivers that was sacred to the Mayans. Transfer back to your hotel at 16:00, with an estimated drop off at about 18:30.

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Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve Full-Day Discovery Tour

9. Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve Full-Day Discovery Tour

Enjoy the beauty of nature as you explore the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve on this 10-hour excursion. Start with a ride on a small boat in the Campechen Lagoon. See mangroves, endemic birds and other area wildlife. After arriving in Punta Allen, enjoy a refreshment break and then board the boat again and head to the heart of the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. Be on the lookout for dolphins, turtles, starfish, cormorants, herons, pelicans and osprey in their natural habitat. Get ready for an amazing snorkeling experience that ends near the crystal-clear waters of La Piscina. Head back to Punta Allen for lunch and prepare for the return boat trip.

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Riviera Maya or Cancun: Sian Ka'an Jeep Expedition

10. Riviera Maya or Cancun: Sian Ka'an Jeep Expedition

See the wilderness of Sian Ka’an from the driver’s seat of a Jeep. The wilderness roads will take you around the coast of the Caribbean Sea. The park is one of the largest eco reserves in the world at the Biosphere Reserve of Sian Ka’an, protected by UNESCO. The tour starts at Boca Paila. Explore the estuary and take in its lovely views, then enjoy refreshments before starting out once more. Upon arrival in Punta Allen, you'll enjoy snacks and beverages and begin the boat ride into the Caribbean Sea. A swim in a tranquil, warm, natural spring pool will be your reward for the hike it took to get you out to the water! Later, arrive on Bird Island—a place to see cormorants, herons, pelicans, roseate spoonbills and osprey, to name just a few. Birders, get ready to check many species off your lists! If this isn’t enough, this tour includes snorkeling along the Mesoamerican Reef. More beautiful eco-system and marine life await underneath the clear, turquoise waters. You'll encounter starfish, sea turtles, dolphins and more! To finish, a buffet is provided, with views overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Drive back along wooded, coastal roads and return to Tulum and your hotel.

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What people are saying about Sian Ka'an

Everything we could have wanted from such a tour! Amazing experience; highly recommended. We started off on a walk through the jungle, among ancient ruins, followed by a delicious lunch and boat ride through the mangroves. Finally, a swim down the lazy river was the icing on the cake. The guide was fantastic and highly knowledgeable - and despite wildlife not being guaranteed for obvious reasons, his enthusiasm, passion for nature, and skill in spotting and pointing out animals meant we saw howler monkeys, coati, many birds and more. The mangroves tour by boat was amazing too.

We went on this tour with Cesar, whose personal enthusiasm and knowledge of history, culture, and nature, was inspiring. We went on a tour in the jungle - learned about the hidden ruins and the environment, and then got on a boat to go float down a lagoon! It was the very best experience, especially as we did not really know what to expect. Cesar kept us amused, informed, and fed with food is family had made (what a wonderful touch)!

We loved this tour! Lea did a great job going over the history of Sian Ka’annand guiding us through the tour. She was knowledgeable and great to converse with. The lunch in between the jungle tour and mangrove tour was delicious! Highly recommend!

Marcos, the guide, did an excellent job. Very personable and willing to listen. He offered some very informative background. Marcos kept everything moving in a very comfortable pace.

It was a great experience. We loved it : the walk in the reserve and the swim through the mangrove in the lagoon was amazing. Our guide Santiago was the best!