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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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Away from the crowds

Take the time to visit this unique area and enjoy the natural beauty of Mexico and Punta Allen village.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Take the time to visit this unique area and enjoy the natural beauty of Mexico and Punta Allen village.

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North Vancouver, BC
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Apparently the biosphere is for sale, as all of the waterfront along this very bumpy, dusty road has now been privatized and you can't even see the ocean for the most part. We got as far as a bridge, where we met a guy who had been coming to the area for 8 years told us to walk down a... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

No need to book a tour. You can just drive in and explore. After a half hour or so you'll come to a bridge over a lagoon. Park on either side, and follow a wooded trail along the near side to an empty beach. You can swim there, and unless a tour boat comes along, you might not see anyone... More 

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Texas
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52 reviews 52 reviews
25 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We booked with Eco color tours in Cancun. This was a private tour for four of us and we started out for Sian Ka'an / biosphere and Muymil. It is hard to say which was the most enjoyable; the boat ride through the mangroves of the biosphere, the quiet/relaxing drip float in the lagoon channel, of the fish foot cleansing... More 

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Paris, France
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26 reviews 26 reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

The Biosphere Reserve is a tropical paradise. But the shores are littered with plastic bottles, shoes and other floating hazards. Apart from the beaches located right in front of hotels, you feel like walking in a dump. I know we all have our responsibility but I think the Reserve needs an overhaul. The lagoon side seems in better shape -... More 

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Jacksonville, Oregon
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

I submitted a review. What happened to it? This was awful management, food, Trash on the beach. Scorpions, no warning or preparation. 2 hours of hell road from Tulum. stuck with the food when you can get it.

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Ontario
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

We took the eco tour of Sian Ka'an last year (2014) and really enjoyed it. This year we thought we'd do something different went on the kayak tour. Unfortunately it was a very windy day and our hoped for leisurely paddle in the lagoon turned out to be mostly an opportunity for some strenuous exercise - good for us, but... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

My husband and I had an amazing day with Community Tours at the Sian Ka'an Biosphere, which we had booked through the Dive Shop at Akumal. Our trip included two Mayan meals, a tour of the Mayan Ruins and a float down a channel through the lagoon. Our guide Omer was extremely knowledgeable about the history and archeology of the... More 

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Akumal, Mexico
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43 reviews 43 reviews
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

My group of explorers following the Michele Peissel book, "The Lost World of Qunitana Roo" enjoyed an incredible day on the water with our Captain Candido Caamal from Muyul. One can locate Candido and his wonderful family at the first tienda (small store) as you travel highway 307 to Muyil. If you wish to enjoyed a guided tour of Sian... More 

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Spokane, Washington
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95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 via mobile

Not because of Sian Ka'an! its a beautiful place and we're glad someone had the common sense to preserve this place. But we booked our visit through the Sian Ka'an Biosphere office, and it was a total rip off price wise. $109 for a ride out to the biosphere from Tulum (about 15km) a pretty awful breakfast that we could... More 

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