Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve – Image courtesy of cesiak.org
Introducing Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve
Explore some of the half-million hectare ecological park of forests, lagoons, exotic marine habitats and wetlands at Sian Ka'an, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located just south of Tulum.
The biosphere reserve contains tropical forests, mangroves and marshes, with a habitat for more than 300 species of birds as well as a large marine area and barrier reef.
The reserve covers 100km of coastline and the sea teems with bonefish, mojarra, snapper, shad, permit and sea bass.
Here you can take guided tours through the rainforest, take a boat ride to ancient Mayan ruins, go horseback riding, snorkelling a cenote or hook and release a sailfish or marlin.
The reserve features around 23 Mayan ruins (mainly unexcavated) as well those Muyil.
Explore the ancient Maya site of Muyil, which lies just 15km south of Tulum at the northern end of the Sian Ka'an biosphere reserve.
Stroll around the remains of the 17m-high Castillo pyramid and examine other smaller structures that stand near a deep-blue lagoon and are surrounded by dense jungle.
Artefacts found at the site date from 350 BC to 1500 AD, including jade figurines representing the moon and fertility goddess Ixchel.
Location: Reserva de la Biosfera Sian Ka'an, Quintana Roo; 15 km south of Tulum
Admission: US$2 to the park; US$3 to Muyil
Hours: Daily 8am-5pm
Websites: www.cesiak.org / muyil.smv.org