Sian Kaan Videos:

Here is a collection of videos of the fun things other visitors have done at Sian Kaan.  You can flip through lists of 15 videos. 

Sian Kaan Overview:

Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve is a protected area located on the eastern coast of the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to a diverse range of wildlife.

Animals found in Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve include:

1. Jaguars
2. Pumas
3. Ocelots
4. Spider monkeys
5. Howler monkeys
6. Crocodiles
7. American flamingos
8. Manatees
9. Sea turtles (loggerhead, green, and hawksbill)
10. Roseate spoonbills

Fish found in Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve include:

1. Tarpon
2. Bonefish
3. Permit
4. Snook
5. Barracuda
6. Grouper
7. Snapper

Fun things to do in Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve include:

1. Wildlife spotting
2. Kayaking or canoeing
3. Snorkeling or diving
4. Visiting the Mayan ruins of Muyil
5. Taking a boat tour through the reserve
6. Relaxing on the beaches

Food and bathroom options in Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve can vary depending on where you are in the reserve. If you are taking a guided tour, they may provide food and bathroom facilities. However, if you are exploring on your own, it is best to bring your own food and water and be prepared to use natural facilities or facilities provided at nearby hotels or restaurants. It is important to follow Leave No Trace principles and pack out any trash you generate.

Sian Kaan Excursions & Tours:

  • 7-Day Yucatan Eco-Adventure Tour Including Sian Ka'an and Xcaret
  • Merchant:Viator
  • Description:Enjoy the beauty of wildlife and nature of the Yucatan Peninsula with the best family tour in Mexico. This 7-day tour will take you to the best archaeological sites and ecological sites in the Riviera Maya so you have the experience of a lifetime as you k
  • Price: $1495.00
  • Sian kaan and Tulum Snorkel
  • Merchant:Viator
  • Description:Visit The Biosphere Reserve of Sian Ka'an discover the coastal wetlands and shimmering lagoons, this tour provides rare access to the region's spectacular wildlife, incredible coral reef snorkel and visit ancient Mayan ruins of the area, plus the best-
  • Price: $779.00
  • Sian Ka an discovery Natural Biosphere from Cancun and Riviera Maya
  • Merchant:Viator
  • Description: Enjoy the beauty of Pure Nature... While we ride a small boat in the lagoon of Campechen, the Adventure begins exploring mangroves, observing   endemic birds that fly above the lagoon and admiring the surrounding wildlife of the area.  If we are luck
  • Price: $199.00
  • Sian Kaan Jeep Tour from Riviera Maya
  • Merchant:Viator
  • Description:In the Mayan Language means "Where heaven is born" on this tour you´ll is the protagonist of the adventure driving the all terrain vehicles through dirty roads that separate the Lagoons of the Caribbean Sea, will get to Punta Allen this is the largest vi
  • Price: $165.00
  • Private tour to biosphere reserve Sian Kaan
  • Merchant:Viator
  • Description:This is tour for nature and animal lovers! We have designed our tours to reach the concious and environmentally aware traveler; who seeks to find a more authentic way for their travels away from the crowds and hectic mass group tours. Take a 6 hours boat
  • Price: $225.00
  • Private tour to Muyil Sian Kaan Biosfhere and Playa del Carmen
  • Merchant:Viator
  • Description: Experience an encounter with nature and Mayan culture, as well as an exciting adventure in the jungle. Visit to the archaeological site Muyil. Muyil was one of the most important Mayan trade centers for the exchange of products between Honduras and Yuc
  • Price: $125.00
  • Sian Ka'an Mayan Wetlands and Muyil Ruins Afternoon Tour from Tulum
  • Merchant:Viator
  • Description:Explore the secluded archaeological Mayan ruins of Muyil, take a lagoon boat ride through the tranquil wetlands of the Sian Ka'an Biosphere and float down a crystal clear freshwater canal bordered by lush mangrove. Walk through a nature path and discover
  • Price: $115.00
  • Sian Ka'an Biosphere from Playa del Carmen
  • Merchant:Viator
  • Description:For nature lovers, Sian Ka'an is an unforgettable experience. With our day tour you will observe the home of a spectacular variety of creatures, including wild dolphins, manatees, tropical fish and hundreds of species of exotic birds such as pink flamingo
  • Price: $217.00
  • Small-Group Tour: Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve Day Trip from Tulum
  • Merchant:Viator
  • Description:Enjoy a day dedicated to discover the unique Sian Kaan Byosphere declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire turtles and dolphins swimming in their natural environment, observe different kinds of birds that are migrating in different times of the year
  • Price: $142.00
  • Mayan Eco Adventure: Sian Ka'an Biosphere Tour
  • Merchant:Viator
  • Description: Join this wonderful adventure to discover the essence of the Sian Ka'an Biosphere which became an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. First you will go to the archaeological site of Muyil, explore the jungle and admire the local flora and fauna. Then,
  • Price: $149.00
  • Private Sian Ka'an and Muyil Ruins Tour from Tulum and Playa del Carmen
  • Merchant:Viator
  • Description:This is a unique combination of Culture and Nature in just one package. The trip begins with a visit to a small but very nice ruins called Muyils. Then a boat trip will take you through two fresh water lagoons and you will be relaxing while floating down
  • Price: $189.00
  • Sian Ka'An and Muyil Archaeological Site Tour
  • Merchant:Viator
  • Description:This Sian Ka'an and Muyil tour is perfect for those who want a relaxing and inspiring excursion while learning about the ecology of the area and the Mayan civilization in half a day.
  • Price: $110.00
  • Sian Ka'an Adventure from Tulum Including Snorkeling
  • Merchant:Viator
  • Description:Sian Ka'an is one of the largest protected areas in Mexico with a great natural diversity. The town of Punta Allen is the starting point of this tour to explore different coastal and marine ecosystems that are habitat for many wild species of birds, t
  • Price: $165.00
  • Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve Tour from Cancun
  • Merchant:Viator
  • Description:Take a fascinating journey to the jungle and water channels of the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site consisting of lagoons, channels, tropical forests, and mangrove swamps. You won't find hoards of tourists here, just more than 30
  • Price: $190.28
  • Sian Ka-an daily adventure tour
  • Merchant:Viator
  • Description: New daily tour to the amazing nature of the natural reserve of Sian Kaan, near Tulum in The South of The Riviera Maya, enjoy a refreshing day at The Mayan Rivers and relax your senses in this incredible place. Half day tour ideal for your next vacations
  • Price: $175.00
  • Merchant:Viator
  • Description:Live an extraordinary adventure, exploring the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, (in Maya: "Where The Sky Is Born"), the most fascinating natural reserve of the Mexican Caribbean that became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.
  • Price: $174.00
  • Merchant:Viator
  • Description:Live an extraordinary adventure, exploring the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, (in Maya: "Where The Sky Is Born"), the most fascinating natural reserve of the Mexican Caribbean that became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.
  • Price: $159.00
  • Sian Kaan Muyil Floating Canals
  • Merchant:Viator
  • Description:In the Mayan language, Sian Kaan means place where the sky is born. It is the second biggest biosphere in Mexico and also a UNESCO heritage site. You will visit the small, off the beaten path, archaeological site of Muyil, a 30-minute walk into pristine n
  • Price: $120.00
  • Full-Day Guided Sian Ka'an Biosphere Safari from Cancun
  • Merchant:Viator
  • Description: Explore the Sian Ka'an Biosphere by truck and by boat to discover the flora and fauna of this protected area near Tulum including the chance to see dolphins, crocodiles, manatees, and more. Bilingual guide, snorkelling equipment, bottled water, breakfast
  • Price: $130.00
  • Sian Ka'an Truck and Boat Safari from Playa del Carmen
  • Merchant:Viator
  • Description: This full-day tour takes you from Cancun to Sian Ka'an, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. You'll explore the region by truck from Tulum then board a boat for a 3-hour water safari with your guide. Go snorkeling in search of marine life. Lunch, beer, and snorke
  • Price: $115.00
  • Sian Ka'an Jeep Safari from Playa del Carmen
  • Merchant:Viator
  • Description:Drive a jeep through the lush jungle along winding seaside roads skirting the Caribbean Sea in one of the largest ecological reserves in the world at the Biosphere Reserve of Sian Ka'an. The tour begins with a stop at Boca Paila to observe the estuary and
  • Price: $165.00

Some things to know about The Sian Kaan area!

The Sian Kaan Biosphere is a big area over 2000 square miles!  Below are a few faq’s about this protected forest reserve area.  Some related articles would be: Mayan Ruins of Muyil, Top 25 Mayan Ruins Near Cancun and Top 50 Cenotes Near Cancun.  

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*Became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 and is the 3rd largest protected area in Mexico.

*There is a peninsula route that takes you to a small village of Punta Allen.

*Cell phones work poorly throughout the Reserve & Punta Allen.

*The Biosphere is over 2000 square miles or 1.3 million acres!  That’s twice the size of the state of Rhode Island USA.

*There are 300 species of birds, 400 species of fish, 100 species of mammals and 40 species of amphibians.

*There are two main access points.  One is along the main highway and the other which goes down the peninsula to Punta Allen.

*There are over 1000 species of flora.

*Experience marine grass, inlets, mangroves, marshes, wetlands and lagoons.

*Bring mosquito repellent and drinking water!

*Current cost for Muyil is under 50 Pesos and they have public bathrooms near the entrance.  Parking is free here!

*Open 8 am to 5 pm daily.

*Sian Kaan means “where the sky is born”.

*The body of water between the Biosphere and the peninsula is called the Bahía de la Ascensión.

*Punta Allen is a village of under 500 people.  The drive there will take 2.5 hours and is 30+ miles.

*There are 23 archaeological sites with Mayan Ruins in the Biosphere.

*The largest ruins in the area are the Muyil Mayan Ruins.

*There is a hidden path from El Castillo (Mayan Ruin Temple) that leads through to the Biosphere!

*There are some drone restrictions, look for signs.

*You could see manatees, marine turtles, howler/spider monkeys, crocodiles, jaguars, pumas, pink flamingos, toucans and even the rare Jabiru Stork.

*This is part of the 700 mile long Meso-American Reef system and has 84 species of living coral.

* The are also 90 species of bees, 47 types of dragonflies, 74 types of beetles, 276 types of crustaceans, 310 types of mosquitoes and 318 types of butterflies.

*Popular activities include fly fishing, bird watching and tours.

*Hotel Rancho Sol Caribe is a popular hotel located on the peninsula.

Map: Sian Kaan & Punta Allen

Here is a Google Map of the local Sian Kaan area.

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