Sian Ka'an Tour
This tour is an all-day, educational, sight-seeing
boat tour through the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve. Highlights
of the Tour include:
- Following the Mayan trade route used 1200 years ago
- Seeing abundant flora and fauna unique to Sian Ka'an
- Visiting unexcavated Mayan ruins hidden within the Reserve
- Floating down a freshwater river and swimming in natural
- Learning the natural and Mayan history of the Reserve
with experienced guides
The tour begins at Los Lirios where we have an introductory
discussion and view the coastal flora and fauna. We
visit sea turtle nests on the beach (in season) and
then make the short walk through the forest across the
peninsula to the lagoon. From this point, the tour continues
by boat traversing the two northernmost, brackish lagoons.
In this area, we pass a small Mayan ruin and view up-close
the mangrove islands which are nesting areas for many
of the birds found within Sian Ka'an.
The tour continues south
along the peninsula to the lagoon of Boca Paila where
we turn inland and enter the narrow 11 km natural canal
which traverses the expansive mangrove swamp and savanna
grassland which comprise much of the center of Sian
Ka'an. Along the journey we are surrounded by birds,
tall mangrove trees, orchids, bromeliads, termite mounds,
fish and much more.
The canal ends at a Post Classic Mayan Temple hidden in the
mangrove swamp with beautiful frescos and a well-preserved inner
After visiting the temple we continue by boat to the
freshwater Lagoon of Chunyaxche where we see some examples
of the thousands of small sink holes (cenotes) from
which the lagoon is filled.
After a snack and refreshments we enter the canal
once again to commence a half-hour relaxing float wearing
lifejackets and being carried by the water's current.
After getting back in the boat we travel to the ocean
edge passing wide sandy flats where rays, predatory
birds, and many fish are found.
Continuing under an antique wooden,
bridge we follow a waterway which allows us passage to the ocean
to view the coral reef and the seemingly endless expanse of
tree-lined, sandy beach. We end the tour following the peninsula
back to CESiaK for some relaxation on the beach.
This tour is of the biggest natural protected area in
the state of Quintana Roo. It is an ecological tour for
people interested in nature, in ecosystems, plants and,
of course, birds. It consists of an afternoon tour in
an open boat through the lagoons of the Sian Ka'an Biosphere
Reserve. Activities include swimming and snorkeling in
a cenote, birdwatching, watching the sunset over the lagoons
and visiting a mayan ruin.
Sunset Birdwatching Tour Summary:
- Pick-up at hotel in Tulum.
- Stop at the entrance of the Reserve of Sian Ka'an where
the guide will explain the objectives of the reserve and important
facts about the existing flora, fauna and ecosystems. Walk
an interpretive trail to learn about the vegetation found
in the coastal dune areas. Swim in a cenote. Leave for Caapechen
- Get into a 23' open-air boat with an outboard motor.
See diverse ecosystems, plants and birds in the lagoons of
Caapechen, Boca Paila and San Miguel. Visit a sea inlet, Bird
Island and a mayan ruin and watch the sun set over the mangrove
- Return to the boat landing.
- Drop-off at hotel in Tulum.
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