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Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve

Q. Roo Mexico, Sian Ka'an, Mexico
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Ranked #1 of 3 Attractions in Sian Ka'an
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Tours, Educational Sites
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 biosphere reserve.
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4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 via mobile

We booked a tour with a mix of archeology and Lagune Sightseeing including a very relaxing lifevest- rafting. Another couple booked the ancient channel tour. So they just combined the two tours and offered all of us a stunning day. We enjoyed with Omar(?) a great and very engaged guide

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Kelowna, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I have to say, if you want tranquil Sian Ka'an is the place to spend the day. Floating down the fresh water channels to where the ocean meets. Boca Paila and a rare chance to see the manatees. Hear the howler monkeys and if you are visiting in the wee hours of the morning, you have a good chance of... More

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Los Angeles CA
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

If it's not raining and you don't mind a dirt road I recommend renting a car and going to the biosphere. It is basically a protected area of wonderful beaches with amazing water. You can just drive along the dirt road and stop at a different beaches and you will likely find that you can walk a really long time... More

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Denver, CO
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8 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

I did Sian Ka'an last year and it was very nice but I wasn't sure I wanted to make the hour drive down past Tulum from Playa. We just drive past Tulum to Muyil. At a really poorly marked turn just past town and next to a bus stop, is the road that leads to a dock where there are... More

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Saint Clair, Missouri
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

With friends and my wife Martha we had a chance to explore Sian Ka'an......all the way to where the fresh water meets the ocean just a few yard from Boca Palia Bridge.... What a trip we had, not only did we enjoy some beautiful sights but we had a special surprise. We were told it is rare to see manatees... More

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Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

If you want to see what the Sian Ka'an biosphere has to offer, do yourself a favor and hook up with Aldo of Visit Sian Ka’an (www.visitsiankaan.com). Much to his detriment, his is often confused with other outfits similar in name but apparently quite dissimilar in the quality of the experience offered. You’ll read a lot in these posts about... More

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

I was hesitant to book this tour because of the expense and its potential to hold the interest of my 11 year old. However, it was highly recommended by Michelle, the owner of our hotel Mango Tulum. She had steered us to wonderful food and activities thus far, so we had her book the Forest and Float tour through Community... More

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

My husband and I spent the last afternoon of our honeymoon in the biosphere. We did not get a guide or do any tours. We had a rental car, so we simply packed a cooler with lunch and drinks and drove to where our hotel owner suggested we go. About five miles in, there is the restaurant, if I recall?... More

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Media, Pennsylvania
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We enjoyed touring with Agua Clara. It is gorgeous. We trekked through the jungle, saw interesting ruins and floated down a channel that was just pure bliss. This is a biosphere reserve and Unesco site. Very worthwhile to visit, especially with a guide.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We had a great tour with a fellow named " Bambi". After paying our fee to get into the park off Route 109. We went about 4.5 km over very bumpy roads. There was a booth beside the road with a sign that said Boat Tours Information Center.There were three of us. He took us out after paying $1000.00 pesos... More

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