Sian Ka'an is a maginficent nature preserve--broad lagoons, a variety of birds, alligators slithering in the grasses, manatees--and the best way to see it is with Community Tours. As the name suggests, the tours are run by the Mayan community, and they put their heart and soul into the experience.
You start a few minutes down the road (at the Muyil ruins), and don't have to take the bone-jarring trip to Port Allen that others rightly complained about. You spend several hours traveling around the preserve by boat with a knowledgeable guide. The best part was 45 minutes floating down a canal, as peaceful as meditating. Lunch is a wonderfully prepared Yucatan meal. The ruins at Muyil don't compare with Coba or Tulum, but the guide brings them to life.
All and all, it's a great day--the highlight of a fantastic visit to Tulum.
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