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“Thank you, Aldo!”
Review of Visit Sian Ka'an

Visit Sian Ka'an
Ranked #19 of 108 Tours in Tulum
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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.
Reviewed April 15, 2013

What a day! What an experience. Aldo's love of the area and his skill as a guide resulted in a day of seeing many varieties of sea and land birds from sandpipers to a stork to buzzards to several osprey, as well as crocodiles, barracuda, and manatees. We snorkled (one hour by our choice) on a small section of the reef, second only in size to the Great Barrier Reef; traveled through mangrove canals that Aldo had explored as a child; floated down a Mayan-extended canal; had a fabulous banana-wrapped lunch, beverages, and a delicious Yucatecan cookie, snacks anytime, all accompanied by Aldo's stories about the area. Worth every penny. This is a trip not to be missed if you are on the Riviera Maya. Get away from your all-inclusive or condo or from your campground and see a bit of the real Mayan reserve from the sea.

3  Thank Gympy
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

An expert naturalist who delights in sharing his knowledge, Aldo is the perfect guide to the Sian Ka'an. Born and raised in Punta Allen, Aldo has an instinctive understanding of the area that guarantees a delightful day out. Floating down the canal was a hit with children, teenagers and adults alike. The perfect host, Aldo produces delicious fruit and hibiscus juice at just the right time and amazing tamales and pumpkin seed cookies for lunch. His German-born wife, Katrin, handles the bookings in between caring for their two young daughters. Nothing was too much trouble for Aldo and the trip was excellent value.

2  Thank Tecey
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

My family (me, husband and our 7-year old son) took the snorkel and canal floating tour while we were in Akumal in february. We all agree that it was the best day of out vacation! Thanks to our exceptional guide Aldo, we learned so much about the animals and nature of the area! We saw lots of fish and beautiful coral at the reef and lots of birds and a couple of crocodiles at the mangroves. The cherry on the top was floating down the canal. The canal was so peaceful and quiet and nice! We also ate a delicious picnic lunch of tamales. We can highly recommend this tour to everyone interested in nature!

2  Thank pailak
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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.

2  Thank Astible3Ottawa
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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.

1  Thank George J
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