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Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve

Highway 307, Sian Ka'an 77781, Mexico
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Ranked #1 of 3 attractions in Sian Ka'an
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Vancouver, Canada
18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

One of the best experiences of our Mexico vacation, by far! We booked the Sian Kaan Bioreserve tour through our Westjet/ Best-day rep and spent $160/each for the full day tour. We opted for the truck trip over the self drive JEEP and were lucky to have Bertrand and Sebastian for our guides. They were extremely knowledgeable about the area... More

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Lima, Peru
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111 reviews 111 reviews
28 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

We commend all efforts of any government to preserve its nature and to create biosphere reserves like this one. However, promoting entry in a park and charging for it while not providing the minimum service in return is not appropriate. We entered through the main gate leading from Tulum to Puerto Allen. The condition of the road was unbearable and... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

We had two trips to the Sian Ka'an reserve (despite the tour operator Cesiak) trying to convince us that all trips were the same. Our first trip was in a canoe and included drifting down a creek in the middle of the reserve - part eco tour part theme park. Enjoyable for what it was. Our second trip was an... More

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Austin, Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

This was an extremely disappointing tour for the price. I'd go, but suggest going on your own and reading the signs, or arranging a personal driver to negotiate with the boat crew. 1. They should organize tour groups per language so there isn't a lot of time spent going from Spanish to English. 2. Our guide talked a LOT, in... More

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Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
5 reviews 5 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

The "S" in SianKaan means SUPER. I cannot think of anything wrong about this place. I was here for three days and it's the best decision I have made. Life here is more laid back than any other place. Never go alone, and take a 4x4 !

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Columbus, Ohio
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

My fiancé and I thought, from reading about Sian Ka'an reviews, that we would be able to just "enter" the reserve (the way you enter a state or national park here in the US). Instead, we found ourselves driving through the craziness of Tulum accommodations and bad roads. There is one word to describe driving in Mexico: TOPES. After we... More

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Coulsdon, Chipstead, Surrey, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

Our trip with iTours consisted of three parts. 90+ minutes rough drive along a terrible road that really needs a health warning if you have any hint of a bad back! There is a theoretical choice of going in an group in an open safari truck or as a group of 4 in a jeep. We were warned off the... More

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87 reviews 87 reviews
47 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

Our tour included the boat ride thru the lagoons to the float trip in the canal. Our Myan tour guide Pastor Witzil made it much more informative. Also his guide thru the jungle explaining about each tree and the Myan culture from the biosphere. He pulled in some humor. The tourist tree forget the botanical name but they call it... More

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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

My 11yr old son ,teenage son and I ventured out on the Crocorunner truck with four jeeps following closely after being picked up at our hotel at 715am. We were warned about the rough road , maybe not enough had I had a bad back etc. Thankfully I didnt .The road is horrendous and seems to go on forever. Not... More

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calgary, alberta
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

We decided to venture into the reserve on our own. We stopped at the entrance to pay our fees and then spent the next 4+ hours crawling down one of the bumpiest roads ever. It was a pretty wild experience and one I may even do again someday. Because this area is natural and not maintained in any way, there... More

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