The Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve is the largest protected area in Mexico. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987, remains practically intact, where nature lives in all its splendor. The reserve is composed of fantastic natural unique spots such as cenotes, beaches, dunes, a tropical jungle, and coral reefs. An immense variety of flora and fauna, birds, marine life, and terrestrial animals live in this paradisiac place, making it an excellent place for sustainable ecotourism.
The entrance to heaven
Sian Ka’an means: “the entrance to heaven” and the name suits perfectly, as it is one of the most pristine and untouched places in the world is something worth experiencing at least once in your life.
Getting to the Sian Kaan Biosphere Reserve is possible by taking one of the many tours available in Tulum downtown or you can venture on your own and rent a jeep or an ATV (a car is not recommended as the road is not in the best conditions). You can spend the day visiting the beaches, take a boat tour through the mangrove and the lagoon or continue all the way to Punta Allen, a fishermen village where you can feast on seafood like never before.
Whether you travel alone or in the company of friends and family, a visit to Sian Ka’an is something not to be missed. This is the place where you’ll get to feel and live nature like never before. You can take a boat tour and spot dolphins living in liberty (as they are supposed to), manatees, turtles and more. The reserve is also home for thousands of bird species. If snorkeling is your thing, you can also practice it in the Mayan Reef, part of the Largest coral barrier in the world.
The entrance to the reserve is right at the end of the hotel zone in Tulum and you can follow the track till you get Punta Allen. As we said before, the road is not at the best condition, for this is not a touristic place per se, so don’t think of renting a regular car or you may be riding for up to 5 hours (not the best way to spend your vacations, right?) Our best recommendation is that you book a tour.
Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity of visiting a true paradise, one of the best things to do in Tulum.