Sian Ka´an is one of Mexico’s largest protected areas, established to manage 528,148 hectares of intricately linked marine, coastal and terrestrial ecosystems. In the language of the Mayans Sian Ka’an means ‘Gate to Heaven’.
The biosphere reserve contains tropical forests, mangroves and marshes, as well as a large marine section intersected by a barrier reef. It provides a habitat for a remarkably rich flora and a fauna comprising more than 300 species of birds, as well as a large number of the region’s characteristic terrestrial vertebrates, which cohabit in the diverse environment formed by its complex hydrological system.
The diversity of life in Sian Ka’an is exceptional. The tropical forests are home to charismatic mammals such as jaguar, puma, ocelot and central american tapir. The property also provides habitat for a large number of resident and migratory bird species. There is a great diversity of marine life, including the west indian manatee, four species of nesting marine turtles and hundreds of fish species.
We start the tour from the base in Tulum towards the fishing village of Punta Allen.
We drive through the jungle that is home to over 100 species of mammals, including jaguars, pumas and monkeys, and over 300 species of birds, crabs (including the beautiful blue crab), exotic spiders such as tarantulas, and many species of snakes.
On the way, we stop to look for crocodiles living in mangrove forests. After passing through the jungle, we reach the beautifully situated lonely bay of Punto Lagarto, where the boats are waiting for us.
This is where the sea safari begins, during which we look for dolphins, sea turtles living in the wild, and observe birds such as frigates, pelicans, spoonbills and ospreys that nest in the reserve.
We also go to a coral reef, where we can observe corals, crustaceans and fish. Snorkeling equipment is available on the boat.
For those who want to swim in the crystal turquoise waters of the Caribbean sea, there will be an opportunity to visit the natural pool, where you can not only admire the amazing color of the sea, but also take beautiful photos and have a refreshing drink.
Then we go by boat to the village of Punta Allen, where we have lunch prepared from local ingredients. For an additional fee, it is also possible to try fresh seafood – grilled craw fish and shrimp ceviche.
What to take with you?
Bathing suit • towel • sun protection • mosquito repellent • camera • underwater camera • binoculars • a good waterproof case for your cell phone • extra snacks.
Please note: This tour is not recommended for pregnant women or people with back problems.