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Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve

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Address: Q. Roo Mexico, Sian Ka'an, Mexico
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Activities: Group tours/day tour, Viewing wildlife, Birdwatching, Fishing, Kayaking, Scuba diving
Description: Sian Ka'an (Mayan for "Where the sky is born") is a 1.3 million-acre...
Sian Ka'an (Mayan for "Where the sky is born") is a 1.3 million-acre biosphere reserve.
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Great day out

We visited the reserve as a small tour with just 7 people. We booked it through visitsiankaan.com where we had a lovely friendly fluent English speaking tour guide who has been... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 31, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW via mobile

We visited the reserve as a small tour with just 7 people. We booked it through visitsiankaan.com where we had a lovely friendly fluent English speaking tour guide who has been working here for many years. We were picked up from our hotel & taken to his boat where we saw plenty of wildlife, birds, sea manatees & a 9ft... More 

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Wassenaar, The Netherlands
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

White sand, turquoise sea, turtles, lagoons, beautiful nature, beach huts, no hotels! I wanted to keep this place secret really but I am sure it wont last.

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Brooklyn, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

While I loved where we stayed, Xamach Dos. The beaches and inlets in the bio reserve have way too much trash both ashore and in the water. It's quite depressing. While much of it could be attributed to coming from the ocean, from what I observed, the locals seem to be most responsible for not cleaning up after themselves. Constantly,... More 

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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99 reviews 99 reviews
21 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

The beaches that border this bio-reserve are exceptional, but the region loses its sense of magic the moment you step out of your car and on to the beach! While it is obvious that some of the litter is washing up on shore, there are loads of diapers, beer bottles, cans, styrofoam food containers, and plastic water bottles littered all... More 

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Gilbert, Iowa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

We were in the Akumal area for a week. One of the highlights was a guided sunset kayak trip with Rene of Green Paddle. We highly recommend this kayaking trip in Sian Ka'an. Rene was extremely knowledgeable about the wildlife and area, and we liked it so much we came back the next day on our own.

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Basel, Switzerland
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

that's one of the best places to visit in Yucatan. Go there and enjoy the see and birds. You can hire a boot for max. 6 People so its great to be four... Go there early an you are alone in a wonderful surrounding.

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Brooklyn, New York, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

My wife and I eloped in Tulum (yes, everyone in our respective families approved of the match, we just didn't feel like planning a wedding...big party when we returned). The first time we went and saw the ruins along the way we were enthralled by the beauty. When we actually sat on our floation devices (life jackets worn around the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

We really enjoyed the tour with bambi. We saw seacows, birds, a mayan ruin, a fresh water spring and we liked the boet trip.

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Montclair, New Jersey
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

We had a minivan and drove into the biosphere. The dirt/gravel road in the biosphere wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be from reading other reviews. Had to drive a little slower but it was fine. As you drive down the road, you'll find tour operator stalls and outposts along the side. We negotiated a custom tour... More 

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Chilliwack, Canada
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

We rented bikes and biked into the biosphere. There wasn't much to see as far as we went, but we came across a tour operator - small business - on the side if the road. Hebert, the guide, took us on a two hour tour of the lagoon. This was gorgeous, and we saw pink spoonbills, osprey, heron, manatee, and... More 

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