SIAN KA'AN BIOSPHERE RESERVE

Visitor Information and Tours

The original Mayan inhabitants thousands of years ago truly loved the beauty of the Sian Ka'an coastline. Meaning "Origin of the Sky", visitors will experience one of Mexico's largest protected areas just south of Tulum. Encompassing nearly 75 miles (120 kilometers) of coastline and approximately 1,000,000 acres (400,000 hectares), Sian Ka'an provides a diverse ecosystem to visit.

Visitors to this UNESCO Heritage Site will experience tropical forests, pristine wetlands, palm savannah, lagoons, mangroves, dunes and sandy beaches. In addition to these highlights, nearly 300,000 acres (120,000 hectares) of marine area is protected as a valuable area of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef.

Highlights of Sian Ka'an Include:

  • Wildlife including Jaguar, Puma, Ocelot, Monkeys, Reptiles and Central American Tapir
  • Large number of migratory bird species
  • Diverse marine life including West Indian Manatee, 4 species of marine turtles and many fish species
  • Mangroves
  • Forested islands known as Petenes
  • Cenotes

VISITOR INFORMATION

Visitors have two options to visit Sian Ka'an:

Drive Yourself

For those that have rented a vehicle you can navigate to the Sian Ka'an Biosphere and explore as much as desired.

NOTE: The roads in and out of Sian Ka’an can be treacherous. When you rent a car, quite often the clerk will ask you where you are planning on taking the car. Some car rental agencies will not let you take a car to Sian Ka’an because of the possibility of damage being inflicted on the car due to the rough road conditions.

Join a Tour


There are multiple tour companies that provide a variety of choices throughout the Riviera Maya. We have developed a simple option that provides private transportation to the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve along with nearby attractions, including Muyil, for groups. Choose from either a 9 or 14 passenger van, depending on your group size, for one low price. Groups have the convenience to control the days activities and time based on personal preferences for up to 12 hours.

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Tour Policies

Please read and understand the policies to avoid unnecessary charges.

All tours include a private vehicles that either accommodate a maximum of 9 or 14 passengers depending on the van size.  Drivers will not allow additional passengers.

If traveling with children requiring a child safety seat please include this in the comments at checkout and we will do out best to accommodate this need at no cost.

The tour is for a maximum of 12 hours and the latest departure time is 8:00 AM to allow for a decent return time.  If a later departure time is desired we cannot guarantee a full 12 hours of tour time.

Cancellation Policy

  • Tours cancelled more than 48 hours in advance receive full refund.
  • Tours cancelled within 48 hours or are considered a "no show" will be charge 100%
  • Tours cancelled due to unforeseen causes like severe weather or vehicle breakdowns will issue full refunds or rescheduling will be an option

SIAN KA'AN TOUR REVIEWS

Sian Ka'an Biosphere Private Tour

I will give Travel Yucatan a 5. All was perfect - no problems at all. Here are some details:- When I sent in my first inquiry about airport pickup by email Fany called my cellphone within 45 minutes to make arrangements. That is great service.- I had many questions about tours and sent many questions to Fany. She always replied right away with details and great advice.- We thoroughly enjoyed our driver Manuel. He gave us a lot of information about the area, advice, and had many stories about the area and himself. We felt like we were traveling with a good friend for two days.I will use Travel Yucatan again on my next visit and I will ask for Manuel.

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Our tours are perfect for singles, seniors, and children.