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Sian Ka'an: Our most recommended tours and activities

Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve Full-Day Discovery Tour

1. 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.

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

2. 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.

Sian Ka'an and Muyil Ruins with Transfer

3. Sian Ka'an and Muyil Ruins with Transfer

Join this Sian Kaan tour from Playa del Carmen or Cancun to discover a beautiful nature reserve near Tulum. Enjoy a Muyil Mayan Ruins tour and a Sian Ka'an Lagoon boat ride surrounded by tranquil natural surroundings. Start your day with a Muyil Mayan Ruins tour and discover the ancient civilization that once lived here. This site is dedicated to the goddess Ixchel, a symbol of fertility. Find the flowers along the paths and set on the pyramids as offerings to Ixchel. Your jungle walk brings you to the shore of a Sian Ka'an Lagoon for a serene boat ride across the crystalline waters. Your guide will point out the magnificent birds and wildlife of Sian Ka'an. Float in the canals that the Mayans used in ancient times and watch the clouds float by in this calm setting. Enjoy a small group experience together with your guide and enjoy snacks and lunch to refuel after a full day of natural adventures.

Tulum: Sian Ka'an Biosphere Eco Park Extreme

4. 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.

Tulum: Sian Ka'an Lagoons and Cenote Escondido Tour

5. 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.

From Tulum: Sian Ka'an & Muyil Birdwatching & Guided Walk

6. From Tulum: Sian Ka'an & Muyil Birdwatching & Guided Walk

Just 20 minutes south of Tulum, discover a delightful place to birdwatch a variety of fascinating birds. With your local guide, learn about the incredible bird diversity, current Maya culture, and the ancient Maya civilization. As you walk through the village and archaeological site of Muyil look for birds and stop to take inspiring photos. On this tour, it is possible to identify from 40 to 80 species of birds, depending on the time of the year. Along with your specialized tour guide you will explore different habitats in the village with different types of vegetation. From mature semi-deciduous jungle in the archaeological site of Muyil to freshwater wetlands. Walk through the flooded jungle using a boardwalk until you reach a beautiful freshwater lagoon. Read through the itinerary of the tour here: 6:30 AM: the beginning of the excursion from Tulum 7:00 AM: birdwatch in the Mayan community 9:00 AM breakfast with a fruit cocktail, coffee or tea 9:30 AM: bird watching in the Muyil archaeological site 11:00 AM: use a boardwalk to get across the flooded jungle and onto a lagoon 12:00 PM: end of the excursion

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

7. 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.

From Cancun: Private Sian Ka'an Adventure Tour

8. 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.

Cancun: Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve Half-Day Tour

9. Cancun: Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve Half-Day Tour

Benefit from hotel pick-up in Cancún or the Riviera Maya, and then journey towards Tulum to spend the day in the stunning biosphere reserve of Sian Ka'an. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, the reserve includes some 23 known archaeological sites of the Maya civilization. Look for wildlife and visit some of the most important archaeological sites in the area with a local guide. Go for a short boat ride through the river channels, and discover unique ruins amongst the mangrove forests. Enjoy a complimentary lunch before the trip back to Cancún, where you will get dropped off at your hotel.

From Tulum: SUP Yoga Class in Sian Ka'an

10. From Tulum: SUP Yoga Class in Sian Ka'an

Enjoy a convenient transfer from Tulum and head to the Sian Ka'an Biosphere to start your morning with a SUP yoga class. Your outdoor workout takes place on the stunning Laguna Nopalitos, a beautiful and tranquil setting ideal for taking your yoga practice to a whole new level. Hop on to your professional Boga SUP yoga paddleboard and begin your 75-minute class. After completing the class, enjoy some free time in the reserve. Explore this incredible setting and soak up the magic of Sian Ka'an.

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What people are saying about Sian Ka'an

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 296 reviews

What an experience! Mila was a great instructor and overall so much fun to hang around :) We had rain, wind, waves and sunshine and I feel like this made the experience even better. The yoga on the sup boards takes it to a whole new level and you really have to try your best to balance however falling in was not a problem as it was refreshing :) Would definitely recommend this for anyone wanting to expand on their yoga experiences or wanting to try something new.

Nice private tour in the biosphere of Sian Ka’an. Our guide Carlos was cool and he gived us many interesting informations. The lunch it is more a traditional good brunch with one traditional course and a traditional drink (no desert ) . Personally i would prefer to spend more time in the boat than visiting a park with ruins , but overall was beautiful tour, rich in vegetation , color and informations.

Our guide Javier provided us with a terrific day of multiple experiences-floating through mangroves was amazing as were the trips to various cenotes and a zip-line trip across one of them. He also filled us in on a good deal of local history, language and experiences. All in all it was a highlight of our trip to Playa and I would highly recommend the experience.

Awesome experience! We wanted to try something unique in Tulum and we definitely weren't disappointed. SUP yoga is super fun and I enjoyed it a lot even as a beginner. The ladies who run this tour are some of the nicest people I've met in Tulum so far. Highly recommend!

Great day with Alex as a guide, the trip was really great!