- Type: Adventure
NileGuide Expert tip:
During the Summer months, sea turtles nest in Sian Ka'an and all along the Yucatan Peninsula. At that time of year, you are most likely to see sea turtles during the boat tour, or while snorkeling at the reef.
- The Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve is a 1.3 million acre nature reserve, near the town of Tulum, that has been protected since 1986. It became an UNESCO World Heritage Site just one year later, in 1987. There are Mayan ruins, in the reserve, that date back to approximately 2,300 years ago. It is a nesting site for two types of sea turtles and many species of wading birds. Hundreds of species of birds make their home in the massive nature reserve. A unique way to see the Sian Ka'an reserve is by taking the Sian Ka'an Jeep Expedition. The tour begins in Tulum, roughly 2 hours south of Cancun. In Tulum, you climb into a Jeep and drive down roads that run along the coastline and have views of the Caribbean Sea. When you arrive in Punta Allen, you'll have some snacks and drinks before boarding a boat for a tour. While on the boat, you'll have the opportunity to swim in the warm, turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. Dolphins and sea turtles are often spotted during the boat tour. You'll visit an island that is home to hundreds of species of birds, including pelicans, ospreys, and herons, and then you'll get to snorkel at the Mesoamerican Reef, which happens to be the second-largest coral reef, in the world. After the nature tour, the group will enjoy a relaxing lunch, before driving the Jeeps back up to Tulum.
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