About 80 miles south of Cancun, this 1.3-million-acre area preserves tropical forests, savannas, mangroves, lagoons, coral reefs, and canals. Home to hundreds of species of birds and land and marine animals, the reserve is best visited on a biologist-escorted day trip. The non-profit Amigos de Sian Ka'an (Friends of Sian Ka'an) offers day-long trips that combine hikes, boat rides, and tours of a Mayan ruin. These informative eco-adventures will pick you up from your hotel in Playa del Carmen, transport you to the reserve, and take you on a guided boat and birding trip through one of the lagoons.—Kim Grant & Candyce Stapen

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Family Review of Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve

Away Travel Expert: Christine Loomis
FamilyExpert Rating 4.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Children aged 6 - 12 and 13 - 17
FamilyExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • A variety of tours are available by Reserve guides, most best for older children with a decent attention span. The Canal Tour is the one most accommodating for families with younger children, but it does include looking at a ruin and some educational info.
  • Reserve guides also offer fly-fishing tours (tarpon, bonefish, and jack flourish here), both one day and multi-day. There are guided kayaking tours, too, or you can go on your own using the Reserve's rentals.
  • For those who want to stay overnight and experience more than one tour, there are tent cabins and a small restaurant, but book these well in advance.

South of Tulum Village
Hwy. 307, Riviera Maya mainland

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 984-871-2499
Email: info@CESiaK.org
Neighborhood: Mainland (not on Cozumel Island)
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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