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Sian Ka'An and Muyil Archaeological Site Tour from Tulum

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The archaeological site of Muyil is located in the northern part of the Sian Ka'an Biosphere reserve. This ancient Mayan trading post is the perfect place to enjoy astounding Mayan temples such as the 17 meters (57 ft) building known as El Castillo in the incredibly diverse semi-deciduous forest of Sian Ka'an. From the archaeological site you will take an interpretive trail towards the tallest observation point of Sian Ka'an to admire the exuberant vegetation of the jungle and the fresh water wetlands. Once you reach the Muyil lagoon, you will take a boat across two lagoons connected by an artificial canal that has been in use for many centuries. Xlapak is the name of the building at the beginning of the lazy river and the start of an incredible floating experience in crystal clear pluvial water on its way to the Caribbean ocean. You will float for over 30 minutes surrounded by mangroves, orchids, bromeliads. A delicious vegetarian picnic with seasonal fruits is included in the tour.
  • An in-depth tour of Muyil ruins and lagoon
  • Get a firsthand peek at the off-the-beaten-track archaeological site
  • Delve deep inside Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO-listed site
  • Enjoy a lagoon boat ride and vegetarian picnic lunch (included)
What to Expect
The ruins of Muyil, an ancient Maya trading port on the Mexican Caribbean, are part of Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, the region’s largest protected area and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During this in-depth guided tour, you’ll explore both nature and culture, making time for both centuries-old artifacts and a nature-filled cruise across a lagoon.

Departing from Tulum, you’ll get a firsthand peek at world-famous Maya temples, such as the 57-foot (17-meter) building known as El Castillo. Admire the diverse, semi-deciduous forest of Sian Ka’an, which makes for an incredible backdrop to the ruins.

Once you’ve explored the site, you’ll follow a lush jungle trail through the reserve to Muyil lagoon. Board a boat and glide across the crystal-clear water along a canal that has been in use for centuries and which leads into the Caribbean Sea. Listen to different birdsongs as you admire the spectacular wetlands, where you’ll see exotic vegetation, such as mangroves, orchids, and cacti. End the visit with fresh fruit and a delicious vegetarian picnic lunch before heading back to Tulum.
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had the best time on our tour! We began at Muyil ruins where our guide, Luigi, gave us a private tour of the site while also highlighting lots of plants native to the region. He pointed out many aspects of the ruins that we...More

Date of experience: August 2019
1  Thank Savannah F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This trip combined three enjoyable and varied experiences. Our guide Niko's enthusiasm for talking about Mayan culture brought the site at Muyil alive for us. It was a quiet and shady under the trees and gave us time to reflect. The trip by motor boat...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed June 23, 2019

I had heard about Muyil and the river float while researching my trip to Tulum. It ended up being the perfect way to cap off my trip. The tourguide, Marie, was fun and friendly and shared a lot of great info about the ruins and...More

Date of experience: June 2019
1  Thank lethargic48
Reviewed June 18, 2019

I booked the half day Sian Ka’an tour for 4 with Mexico Kan tours. Pick up was smooth and they were actually early to arrive at our hotel. There ended up only being 5 people on our tour, which was great, because the tour becomes...More

Date of experience: June 2019
1  Thank Patricia L
Reviewed June 12, 2019

Carlos was the perfect guide for this can’t miss adventure! The tour of the ruins was not rushed and we had the place essentially to ourselves. We walked through the biosphere along a wooden walkway and met Carlos at the lagoon for a private trip...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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March 3, 2019|
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Response from ECAndersonII | Reviewed this property |
That would only be helpful information if you are going to make the tour on your own. My original question related specifically to the tour by Mexico Kan. It turns out that the correct answer to that question was to meet... More
January 16, 2019|
Response from Joe B | Reviewed this property |
This halfsaytour is just in freshwater, no snorkeling. But I think they offer a fulldaytrip with snorkeling and if you are lucky dolohins.
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May 19, 2018|
Response from dmD2654YE | Reviewed this property |
No steep walking. The steps up the lookout are steep but the climb is optional. Belongings are secure in the vehicle or with the boat operator. It was a great tour
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