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“Amazing Birding Tour in Muyil”

Community Tours Sian Ka'an
Ranked #24 of 114 Tours in Tulum
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed April 4, 2018

My 14 year old son and I are avid birders and were excited to visit Mexico and see some tropical birds. This is the first time we've ever hired a guide to help us find birds and it felt like an extravagance but we are so glad we did it. Our guide was Alberto and he was extremely knowledgeable and professional- we were very impressed. We ended up seeing 75 species of birds in 4 hours. They were a magical 4 hours. We saw toucans and a tiny owl and a falcon and many birds we never knew existed. We are very grateful to have had this experience.

1  Thank Melissa C
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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.

Thank KennO555
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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!

Thank Lauren S
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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.

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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!!!

1  Thank PennyC891
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