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Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve

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Sian Ka'an, Mexico
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Sian Ka'an (Mayan for "Where the sky is born") is a 1.3 million-acre biosphere reserve.
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Sian Ka'an, Mexico
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We visited Sian Ka'an in June with two boys age 8 & 11. The trip was arranged by a cap driver we met the day before. We had planned to use one hotel to plan the trip but it was very expensive. The cap driver...More

1  Thank Rikke P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve is a UNESCO property covering 1.3 million acres (making it the largest protected coastal area in Mexico). It's a wonderful place to explore, especially as it's a little off the beaten path and has a lot less tourists than other...More

3  Thank Alexis B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We decided to visit Sian Ka'an after going through a self-guided tour of the Muyil ruins yesterday (with our kids, ages 6 and 11) and we absolutely loved the whole experience. It was fairly easy to get there by ADO bus from Tulum (around $112/4...More

4  Thank Anna F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was our first trip here and one I'd like to repeat more the whole day was brilliant. From climbing on to a 6 seated boat that navigated the mangroves and open water with ease. To seeing the wildlife in there natural habitats crocodiles manatee...More

1  Thank Andrew T
Reviewed 13 June 2017 via mobile

As you peruse the comments here, be aware that there are several ways to experience Sian Ka'an. Some people drive through the limited part that is accessible by car. Some travel by boat from the ocean side and don't see much more than the beach...More

1  Thank AcornMan
Reviewed 7 June 2017

We were very exited to visit Sian Ka'an Biosfere Reserve,a UNESCO World Heritage Site!No more!After you get inside the Reserve,some new privet property building on the right and left side,haw is this possible?Any point of information!You have to inform your self before going!On the bumpy...More

Thank Tzavi
Reviewed 28 May 2017 via mobile

I am so pleased we found out about this trip. If you love natural environments and wildlife, it is a must! Use sunblock and take cover ups as you are very exposed on the boat but well worth it to see the bird life and...More

2  Thank Julia L
Reviewed 26 May 2017

We went on a day trip to Sian Ka'an whilst staying at Akumal Bay. We didn't book the Thomas Cook trip, but instead took the 'rustic' trip booked through the hotel's agent. It certainly didnt disappoint. It was an early pickup (6.15) and a drive...More

4  Thank Alison L
Reviewed 24 May 2017 via mobile

We were driving down by Tulum and stumbled upon the road that lead to Sain Ka'an. We had no idea it was tucked away along the coast and we have been traveling the area for twenty years. The water is majestic and the wildlife abundant....More

1  Thank DKISS76
Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

Although most people say it's a rough pad it isn't so bad, the way is just bumpy, you don't need a 4x4 jeep, you can even rent a car and go slowly, and there is just one straight way from Tulum to Punta Allen. Pay...More

2  Thank CataCorreaE
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2 July 2017|
Response from Anna F | Reviewed this property |
Hi! We didn't go through Pastor Caamal, that's another way to get into the biosphere. We've read that if you're on that end, it's easiest to rent a car although the road is pretty rough, or there's a collectivo you could... More
20 June 2017|
Response from Middletonmagic | Reviewed this property |
We booked ours from Thompson - it was expensive but well worth it.