Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, Sian Ka'an

4.3
#18 of 189 in Parks in Quintana Roo
Must see · World heritage site · Nature / Park · Wildlife Area
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Take a tour tailor made for the ecologically conscious traveller at Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve. Made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, and the largest protected area in the Mexican Caribbean, the biosphere shelters thousands of species and forms a spectacularly diverse natural environment. Take a boat through mazes of natural mangrove canals, snorkel on the Mesoamerican Reef among incredible marine life, and take a boat tour to ancient Mayan ruins. Be sure to bring along biodegradable bug spray and sunscreen, your swimsuit, and a camera to capture the abundance of magnificent wildlife. Use our Sian Ka'an itinerary builder app to visit Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve on your trip to Sian Ka'an, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • A very fast moving boat trip through the mangroves with no information given about the importance of this environment. Saw a few birds only. Rushed out to sea to see dolphins and turtles but spent... 
    A very fast moving boat trip through the mangroves with no information given about the importance of this environment. Saw a few birds only. Rushed out to sea to see dolphins and turtles but spent...  more »
  • It was a long day but a good one, the weather was concerning to start with but cleared and got brighter as the day went on. The captain's of the boats and the guides went above and beyond to show us.....  more
    It was a long day but a good one, the weather was concerning to start with but cleared and got brighter as the day went on. The captain's of the boats and the guides went above and beyond to show us.....  more »
  • On the plus side, it's very beautiful when you finally get in the boat in Punta Allen and we saw a pod of dolphins, a stingray and a turtle. On the negative side: - the road from Talum is terrible.....  more
    On the plus side, it's very beautiful when you finally get in the boat in Punta Allen and we saw a pod of dolphins, a stingray and a turtle. On the negative side: - the road from Talum is terrible.....  more »
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  • We went there with a tour organized by the local community. The staff was super friendly and open to share thoughts. On our boat trip we stopped on a beach that was full of littering. When talking with the tour guides they said that the place was completely abandoned by the administration. Even though they do their best to preserve it, it is only that much they can do. I hope everyone who visits this place reports it to put some pressure on the admin. 🙏🏽
  • This place is only for extremely patient people, that's for sure. To get there you need to either drive or go on a tour, but either way the trip is very long due to the fact that the road is not paved and it's EXTREMELY bumpy. So the driver is forced to go super slowly while the vehicle is shaking for 3 hours on the way there and 3 on the way back (from playa del carmen , a little les from tulum). It's worth doing it at least once though, because the lagoon is spectacular. You can see dolphins, turtles and manatees with their babies, in their natural habitat!
  • Really sad to be giving this one star. The road here is absolutely ridiculous. Really. This is not hyperbole. You'll be lucky to get back with your car intact. But even if you do, it's 4 intensely nervous hours of driving through potholes that you will never get back. Even with a jeep it's just not worth it. And that's 4 hours just to get nowhere and back. Seriously, just say no. Plenty of other places to explore.
  • We decided last minute to check this place out after reading various reviews we headed out. Upon getting there there were warnings from locals and general public that the roads were terrible. This was not the case. We drove a VW Gol and had zero problems. This is a perfect place to take grandma for a lazy Sunday afternoon ride. The birds were chirping, and a warm sun made for a perfect midday getaway. If I could give 6 stars I would.
  • I had trouble finding information about the reserve before visiting, so I will share what I have learned. There are only a few access points into the reserve: 1. Your first option is to take a guided tour with a provider. We did not do this, so I cannot speak to this, but presumably there are a number of tour providers who have boats and can take you to the remote areas that are impossible to access by car, such as the reefs off of the coast and the lagoons in the interior of the park. 2. If traveling by car or colectivo and not going with a tour, one access point is the Muyil Archaeological Zone. There is a nature boardwalk (called the Canan Ha trail) that goes from the ruins to the Laguna de Muyil, where there is a boat dock. From the dock you can take a boat tour of the lagoon and float down the Mayan canal that once connected Muyil to the ocean. You can schedule this boat tour at the Muyil ticket counter. 3. The other access point is to take Hwy 15 south from Tulum towards Punta Allen. This will take you into the reserve. However, this road is exceptionally bad starting in Tulum, covered in potholes and deep puddles. It is very difficult to drive down and you may damage your car.

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