Visit Sian Ka'an
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- 98%Family Travelers
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Member Reviews (2)
- Visit Sian Ka'anNov 13, 2013
If you're budget allows it, Visit Sian Ka'an is worth the extra cash--it's a non-profit organization offering private and customized tours of the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve. They have a basic menu of tours which I stuck to but I bet they'd be willing to go beyond Sian Ka'an--or have some great referrals to other guides--if you're interested in exploring further.
- Visit Sian Ka'anMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4Jul 05, 2012
We had an amazing trip to Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve with a private guide from www.vivitsiankaan.com. A car picked us up at the hotel at 8 am, took us to Tulum where we were joined by our guide Aldo and then went on a bumpy unpaved road into the Reserve of Sian Ka’an. We were lucky, as the road has been just fixed up (a week ago it was almost impossible to drive on it) – so instead of an hour driving these 9 kilometers it took us about 25 minutes. This was mostly a boat tour (just two of us and Aldo, the guide) – through mangroves, huge lagoons with turquoise water, wild beach with very fine sand and narrow canals cutting through the mangroves. We got to see lots and lots of interesting birds, big and small. It was especially exciting to see the birds in the canals – the canals are narrow and winding, so after almost every turn we were “face to face” with the birds. At the very end, we saw many birds at once – the guide told us that it doesn’t happen very often to see so many of them together. We also saw a couple of crocodiles (one was about 4 meters long) but unfortunately we didn’t see the manatees. At one point we stopped and went into the jungle to visit the Maya ruins of Muyil. It was very interesting. Closer to the end of the tour we got to float (with life vest used as “Mayan diaper” – putting legs in the holes where arms usually go) in one of the canals (for about 40 minutes), being moved by the current. It was very relaxing and quite unusual experience. When we got back on the boat, Aldo was waiting for us with mangoes – the tastiest yellow mangoes we ever had. (Oh yes, our lunch earlier was delicious Mayan tamales with spicy sauce). Our guide was excellent – very knowledgeable, with very good English, and a great “boat driver”. He grew up at the reserve and knows the waters very well. He didn’t rush us anywhere, made sure we had time to take pictures, and he even extended our tour allowing us to enjoy beautiful sunset over the lagoon. It was a long day (we got back to our hotel) a little after 7 pm but we enjoyed every minute of it. It was truly an unforgettable experience.