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Sian Kaan Biosphere Reserve

sian kaan canals
sian kaan canals
flow with the natural current through these canals with us

Origin of the Sky  in mayan native laguage, is a protected natural area that covers 528,147 hectares and is a Unesco World Heritage Site. Sian Kaan is located only a few kilometers from Tulum. It represent the biggest national park in all the state of Quintana Roo. In pre-Hispanic times, it was governed by the Mayan tribes of Cohuah and Uyamil. Researchers have inventoried 23 Mayan Archeological sites within the reserve, with the ruins of Chenchomac, Chunyaxche, and Muyil standing out. These ruins can be visited during the tour of the canals that criss-cross this idyllic place. Human remains, pottery, statues, and tools dating 2300 years back have been found within the confines of Sian Kaan. This reserve is a natural sanctuary for pumas, “tapires”, “tlacuaches”, toucans, white and caguama turtles, and endangered species, such as howler and spider monkeys, jaguars, anteaters, ocelots, “tapires”, and even dolphins and manatees. The wetlands of this reserve are also home to a vast and well-kept population of crocodiles.

The northern part of this immense reserve comprises turquoise lagoons that are fed by cenotes. In the Full Floating tour we will float uing the natural current and then navigate on a fast boat through the canals of the reserve, which start in Muyil and end in the Caribbean Sea, at Boca Paila, where we will take a break to swim, refreshments, and lunch. We will also visit the small ruin of Chunyaxche. This tour provides a very comprehensive idea of this varied ecosystem. Walk through an ancient Mayan trail in the jungle, learning about local species and their use while you get to the Mayan ruins of the ancient city of Muyil, which was inhabitated for more than 1000 years and is located strategically on the Mayan comercial route going to cities in land like Chiche Itza.