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  • Address: Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico, Mexico

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Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve Tours

A stunning landscape of tropical jungle, mangrove forests, and crystalline waters, the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve is a UNESCO World Heritage Site on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Rich biodiversity, ecoadventures, and a collection of Maya ruins draw visitors to the reserve, which stretches 75 miles (120 kilometers) along the Riviera Maya. 

The Basics
The area’s ecological diversity is the biggest draw to vast Sian Ka’an, which, at 1 million acres (404,686 hectares), is the largest protected area on the Mexican Caribbean. Ride a boat through the lagoons of Boca Paila and Caapechen for opportunities to spot animals like spider monkeys, crocodiles, flamingos, ocelots, and pumas in their natural habitat along the shore. Or take a snorkeling tour on the world’s second-largest barrier reef, home to more than 500 species of fish as well as dolphins and marine turtles. Other popular activities include kayak tours, paddleboarding, fly fishing, and visits to Maya archaeological sites including the El Castillo temple and the ancient trading post of Muyil, located among the mangrove forests. Guided tours and private tours help you see more of the reserve’s attractions in a limited amount of time.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Sian Ka’an is a top Tulum area attraction and a must for nature lovers. It’s also an ideal family outing, popular with kids and adults alike.
  • Bring a swimsuit, towel, and change of clothes.
  • Many guided tours include pickup and drop-off at Tulum or Playa del Carmen hotels.
  • Boat rides can be bumpy, so medicine is advised for those who are prone to motion sickness.

How to Get There
The Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve is located just south of Tulum on the southeast coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, about 125 miles (200 kilometers) south of Cancun. Access points to the park are at Tulum (Punta Allen or Muyil), Chumpón, and Pulticub. Though the easiest way to get to the reserve is on a guided tour that includes transportation from regional hotels, independent travelers can also drive. 

When to Get There
Tulum’s rainy season lasts from roughly June through November, so it is advised to visit outside of those months. Otherwise, the weather is mild and summery year-round.

Sian Ka’an’s Maya Roots
Sian Ka’an translates to “Origin of the Sky” in the Mayan dialect of those who originally lived here. In addition to seeing Maya ruins, visitors can float down a 1,000-year-old canal leftover from the Maya kingdom once located here.

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Sian Ka'An and Muyil Archaeological Site Tour from Tulum

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 16 Reviews

This Sian Ka'an and Muyil tour is perfect for those who want a relaxing and inspiring excursion while learning about the ecology of the area and the Mayan ...  Read more

Location: Tulum, Mexico
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $110.00
Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve Eco-Adventure Including Muyil Ruins, Playa del Carmen, Archaeology ... 
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Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve Eco-Adventure Including Muyil Ruins

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Enjoy a day trip to Sian Ka'an Eco Park, 'the place where heaven begins' and be in touch with nature as you also learn about the Mayan culture. Your tour ...  Read more

Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $140.00
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Sian Ka'an Adventure from Tulum Including Snorkeling

4.5 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Sian Ka'an is one of the largest protected areas in Mexico with a great natural diversity. The town of Punta Allen is the starting point of this tour to ...  Read more

Location: Tulum, Mexico
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $165.00
Sian Ka'an Jeep Safari from Playa del Carmen, Playa del Carmen, Day Trips
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Sian Ka'an Jeep Safari from Playa del Carmen

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Drive a jeep through the lush jungle along winding seaside roads skirting the Caribbean Sea in one of the largest ecological reserves in the world at the ...  Read more

Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $165.00
10-Day Yucatan Heritage Tour from Cancun, Cancun, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
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10-Day Yucatan Heritage Tour from Cancun

Enjoy a fantastic trip through the World Heritage Sites of the Yucatan Peninsula. This trip has a perfect combination of the core nature and cultural ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 10 days (approx.)

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