When visiting Tulum a must see spot and a remote paradise you can´t miss is the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve: the largest protected area in the Mexican Caribbean, which covers approximately 650 thousand hectares along 120 kilometers from North to South, between the municipalities of Tulum and Felipe Carrillo Puerto. In this place you will find beaches, sand dunes, cenotes, coral reefs, a tropical jungle and more than 300 animal species.

If you are planning an unforgettable adventure in Tulum, keep on reading because today we will tell you everything you need to know about the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. Let´s Start!


What is the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve?

From the Mayan “where the sky is born”, the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve is a protected area and declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1987 that is located south of the Riviera Maya, in Quintana Roo just one hour from Tulum. It is home to more than 300 birds species, 100 animals and more than a thousand plants, including the mangrove ecosystem where the Mexican crocodile, the chocolate heron, coatis, peccaries, raccoons and jaguars live, while in the reefs inhabit sea turtles, giant lobsters, pink snails and dolphins.

As a curious fact, the obverse of the new 20 Mexican peso bill has the Biosphere of Sian Ka’an and a crocodile image.
For a few years now, the Maya Ka’an project has been incorporated, which has its own reserve and a special area for the indigenous communities that reside in this beautiful place.

Sian Ka'an Biosphere

What to do in Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve?

First of all, in order to come here you must get ready and pack the following: organic insect repellent and sunscreen, sunglasses, cap, tennis shoes, lots of natural water and a camera. Remember to bring an extra bag for the trash in order to preserve this natural sanctuary.

Here you can enter the jungle, reach Punta Allen or Boca Paila where you will find virgin beaches, fishermen’s camps, diving and kite surfing in some places. The wildlife here is so abundant that you will be able to see crocodiles, herons, raccoons and many other species for beautiful photos. Be sure to try the region´s dishes, which are fresh and will surprise you with their delicious seasoning and they are definitely part of the experience.

What to do in Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve?

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If you are planning your vacation to the Riviera Maya, Tulum is a paradise that will allow you to rest and recover from the stress of everyday life. And, from here, you can find great destinations, which combine natural beauties, paradisiacal beaches, transparent waters, a variety of endemic animal and plant species, with the adrenaline of sports, or the sunsets romance.

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