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We did the half day trip on a rainy windy day, and although we saw no manatees or crocs, we had a... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
freedatravel74
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new york
Amazing kayak tour of nature reserve

We had an amazing 3-hour kayaking tour of the Sian Kaan Biosphere Reserve. Our friendly and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Darcie M
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Arvada, Colorado
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Reviewed March 28, 2018

This tour was truly a highlight of our tour. Sian Ka'an is incredible and our guide Jenny (Jennifer) was wonderful. She was knowledgeable, patient and fun. We really enjoyed walking through the forest and floating down through the mangroves. And the lunch at the end was delicious.

We will definitely do it again when we return to the Yucatan.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed March 26, 2018

We really enjoyed this down-to-earth tour. Nubia was very informative, friendly, and a pleasure to be around. It was small group of people with whom we really got along. The food was also delicious and very fresh. I would go on this tour again!

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed March 17, 2018

Easy trip from Playa del Carmen. We started the tour at the Muyil Mayan Community Center with a Mayan snack(delicious) and then onto 2 lagoons in Sian Ka'an connected by canals. The sheer size of the reserve is amazing and so beautiful to see. We approached a small man-made canal and glided thru to a second lagoon. We docked at a small ruin which was used as a lookout for the Mayans. Then into the canal for a tranquil float in the natural canal with the current carrying us along at a good pace. Pepe, our guide was knowledgeable and so very respectful of the reserve as well as the Maya people and their history. We returned to our boat after walking on a boardwalk over the wetland grasses. We then visited Muyil and walked thru the jungle to a watchtower with a spectacular view. We then returned to the Community Center for an amazing lunch. A visit to the butterfly garden and a view of Mayan honey bees completed a wonderful day.

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank 777MarB
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Reviewed March 10, 2018

We took the Ancient Canal tour with Omar and his crew in mid-February. From the prompt pick up at our hotel in Akumal to our return, it was a fantastic experience. Our day started at 7am as we picked up guests and heading into the Sian Ka'an biosphere. Omar really knows his stuff and gave us a great preview with pictures of some of the birds and wildlife we might encounter on our trip. He explained the importance of the biosphere and how we were really only seeing a tiny section of a hugely important area of preserved and protected area. He then gave us a quick 101 on Mayan culture and how the canals and lagoons were used for centuries as a trade route to connect the Yucatan Mayans to the Central American Mayans. He really knows his stuff! From there we split into two groups of six and heading off the boats. We whizzed through the savannah and the mangrove canals, fast enough to be thrilling as we took seemingly blind corners but slowed down as we encountered storks, herons, osprey and vultures. And then there was the canal float, bobbing along the canal in our life jackets as the current gently but firmly pulls you along this ancient route, birds, tropical fish, flowers and dragon flies everywhere. It was over too soon. A quick sandwich and drink and off in boats again to explore two more lagoons. We were fortunate enough to spot a manatee surfacing a few times in the second lagoon and the at the third lagoon we landed on a spit where the lagoon meets open ocean and had time explore, beach comb (but take anything with us, no shell collecting!) and a last swim before another thrilling ride through the mangrove and back to the community centre for lunch. Lunch as a typical Mayan meal - choice of fish, chicken or vegetarian - served promptly and was delicious. After a quick tour through the butterfly garden and a maze of indigenous plants used for food and medicine, it was late afternoon and time to head back to reality. An amazing day I will treasure in my memories. The honey for sale in the store at the community centre is amazingly delicious and a steal at 60 pesos. I can't recommend this experience enough and if you go, I hope you get Omar as a guide as he was so knowledgeable about everything to do with Sian Ka'an, his personality and humour made the tour seem like a day with an old friend. One of the best days of my three week trip!!!

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank PennyC891
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Reviewed March 6, 2018

We got up super early to meet Antonio at 7am for a three-hour birdwatching walk, and it was totally worth it. It was just us (two people) and him. We thought we'd go into Sian Ka'an, so were a bit surprised when we instead walked around the local neighborhood, but it was actually perfect (and made sense—it's hard to see birds in thick trees, easier in more open spaces). Antonio was really nice, really passionate about birds, and really knew his stuff. We saw TONS—more than 30 species. Highly recommend for birdwatchers looking to do some birding in Tulum. Having a local expert really makes the difference.

Also: they had breakfast for us afterwards, which we weren't expecting. It was delicious—fresh scrambled eggs, tomatoes, warm corn tortillas (the best we had in Mexico!), and fresh orange juice. While we ate, Antonio helped me create a list of all the birds we'd seen, so I could record them in my birdwatching journal.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank kimlightbody
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