The Biosphere Reserve of Sian Ka’an lies south of Tulum. Sian Ka’an is Maya and means translated into English where the sky was born. The Biosphere has a total of 528 thousand and 148 hectares, if we count the coral reefs as well we even get 652 thousand and 192 hectares. The area is protected by Mexican law and since 1987 even an UNESCO World Heritage.
The area consists of different ecosystems including beaches, dunes, mangroves, cenotes, coral reefs and a tropical forest. Sian Ka’an is home to over 300 different species of birds, over 1000 plants and over 100 mammals.
The biggest village within the Sian Ka’an Biosphere is Punta Allen. The village lies at the tip of the peninsula that comes down from Tulum.
Sian Ka’an can be visited in one day – however we normally recommend to stay at least one night in Punta Allen.
To get to the entrance of Sian Ka’an we have to drive for 30-minute through the hotel zone of Tulum. Then we get to the arch, where the biosphere of Sian Ka’an starts. For 9 kilometers more we continue in a car over a bumpy street and then we arrive to the Centro de Visitante (the visitors center) where we get over on a boat. A one-hour boat drive through the mangroves brings us to Punta Allen. On the way we can observe different birds and might even see crocodiles.
On our one-day tour we continue directly with the tour on the sea side, where we look for dolphins and sea turtles. Furthermore, we make a snorkeling and a swimming stop. Back in Punta Allen we’ll have lunch before heading back to Tulum
On our two-day tour we’ll enjoy the afternoon in Punta Allen at one of the beautiful beaches. At night time we can observe the clear sky and the stars. Punta Allen has only limited electricity, therefore in the nighttime after 12 the village normally is completely dark and the stars can be seen clearly.
The next morning, we leave early for a 6-7-hour adventure on a boat. We visit virgin islands called “the tres Marias” there we can get of the boat and have a walk around. The next stop brings us to Caye Culebra where we can see hundreds of Frigate Birds. On the way we also have the possibility to see dolphins, sea turtles and manatees. We make a snorkeling stop at an untouched coral reef and have time to swim and relax. If wished you can also try your luck fishing.
Most of the time during this trip we see hardly any other boats