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“Relaxed and peaceful tour of Sian Ka’an” 5 of 5 stars
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Visit Sian Ka'an
Office Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve at Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, Tulum 77780, Mexico
+52 1 984 108 8853
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Ranked #18 of 80 activities in Tulum
Type: Tours
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Owner description: If you are looking for a great outdoor experience away from the big tourist crowds and massive tour groups, then you make the best decision by visiting the natural Reserve of Sian Ka'an with Visit Sian Ka'an. This tour company allows you to visit Sian Ka'an and combine activites in a way, that no other tour provider does, thanks to the owner's first hand experience and being a native to the area. If you are a great nature lover, enjoy to snorkel and explore the diverse marine life and different ecosystems, such as untouched beaches, lagoons, mangroves and islands, cenotes, tropical jungle, hidden maya ruins, a relaxing float in the fresh water canal, seeing bird and wildlife in their natural habitat without minimal human interaction - then this tour company will be a great option for an adventurous day in the protected Biosphere Reserve Sian Ka'an.
Ottawa, Canada
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“Relaxed and peaceful tour of Sian Ka’an”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

We wanted to take a break from our resort and learn something about the area’s unique ecosystem in the Sian Ka’an reserve. We chanced upon the “Visit Sian Ka’an” website and were happy to find a small group tour led by a local naturalist and environmentalist. Aldo Ancona proved to be a friendly and knowledgeable guide who clearly loves showing visitors around the lagoons.

We took the Sian Ka’an and Muyil boat tour which started at the “Visit Sian Ka’an” dock near Tulum (avoiding the reportedly bumpy road to Punta Allen). It started to rain as we crossed the Chunyaxche Lagoon and we all got very wet. Fortunately, the rain stopped as we entered the Mayan Canal that leads to the Muyil Lagoon. We had a close-up look at the mangroves as Aldo pointed out birds such as vultures, herons, and igrets.

After lunch, we crossed the lagoon and landed by a road that led to the ruins of the Mayan city of Muyil. The ruins are largely untouched and set in a semi-natural jungle with vegetation and trees growing in and around the beautiful major temple. We were the only visitors at the site and we wandered about at a relaxed pace while Aldo answered questions and provided information about the Mayan settlement.

It was a great pleasure to meet Aldo and a wonderful way to experience part of the Sian Ka’an Reserve. The tour was a highlight of our holiday in the Mayan Riviera.

Visited February 2013
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Richmond, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

We took the Muyjil tour last week. It turned out to be a private tour of Sian Ka'an since the other couple didnt show up.
Aldo is from the area and an excellent guide with a tremendous knowledge of the area, its history and people.
Our tour was a blend of beach, lagoons the Maya canal and Mayan ruins with a picnic lunch of tamales.
It was somewhat pricy at US129 but the numbers are restricted to a family or small group and in my view is well worth the premium.

Visited February 2013
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Napa Valley
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“Unspoiled Scenic Beauty”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

We have only explored a little of the massive Sian Ka'an Biosphere which we understand is the single largest piece of undeveloped land in North America.

In fact there is some development but not terribly intrusive and the amount of prisitine wilderness we have seen so far is breathtaking.

We have explored on our own and a knowledgable guide would be helpful we are sure. But even if you are jsut looking for the miles of perfect white sand beach with multicolored hues of blue to have almost to yourself or a wealth of flora and fauna to savor you can do this on your own too.

Our very limited experience is that the road is rough but passable in dry season and we never felt that our rental car was in any jeopardy.

For us, this slice of history and paradise is the real jewel of the area and we only want more time to enjoy it.

Visited January 2013
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Parker, Colorado, United States
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“An Exceptional Tour Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

It turned out my husband and I had a private tour of Sian Ka'an with Aldo, our guide. We were staying nearby and met Aldo at the main gate. We had a beautiful day of boating through the various mangroves and lagoons, and since we went during the low season, it felt as though we had the entire preserve to ourselves! The birds were beautiful, and the hike to Muyil was interesting. Getting to float down the canal all by ourselves was so peaceful and serene, but can't say everyone can have that experience to be all alone! Aldo was very friendly, knowledgeable and passionate as others have mentioned. This was definitely one of our best experiences while in the Tulum area.

Visited December 2012
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“A great experience.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

My wife and I paid $134 each for the tour and pick up drop off via our hotel. It's a little pricey for those on a budget, but well worth the money if you can spare it.
Aldo (the guide) is a great man and passionate to show you the beauty and wildlife that inhabits the Sian Ka'an reef.
After being picked up we took a boat ride seeing Crocodiles, Manatees and various bird life throughout the mangroves. We were taken out of the reef and did around an hour of snorkelling, then back into the boat for a deeper look into the mangroves. Then to finish off we had the chance to free float down the ancient Maya canals that were cut through the mangroves centuries ago.
Aldo also provided refreshments and delicious Tamales to eat for lunch.


Visited January 2013
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