Where The Sky Born: Sian Ka’an
Sian Ka’an in Mayan language means “Donde nace el cielo” Where the sky born, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, it is the largest protected area that exists in the Mexican Caribbean, 650 thousand hectares along 120 kilometers from North to South, which houses a large number of cenotes, reefs, beaches, dunes, and a magical tropical jungle, where they live most of 1000 plants and more than 300 species of birds and 100 different species of animals.
How to get there?
At 6 kilometres from the town, at Tulum, you could find the most usual and safe entrance to the biosphere of Sian Ka’an. There is only one transport for workers or a bus that goes to Punta Allen. Also, you can arrive in your car or hire an adventure tours company.
You should know that there are areas that are banned from the public and others for visitors. Ask for information to the people in charge of the reserve if you go in your car.
Ready for a Natural & Magical Experience
The first step is to get to the entrance of the reserve, there you will have to register and pay for it, $50 to 100 MX per person. Then after 10 kilometres from the entrance of the reserve is the visitor center, where you can rest a little or enjoy activities in the lagoon. You can also rent kayaks or take a boat ride through the Caapechen lagoon.
Then Boca Paila, is the privileged place for fishermen, is located between the Caribbean Sea and the Muyil lagoon, so the mix of fresh water and seawater means that there is an amazing variety of fish. Also, you can go fishing there. Are you ready to see crocodiles?
More further boat trips can be made in the Caribbean Sea but also in the mangroves of the lagoon. They will allow you to walk through the mangroves and know the species that live inside them: hundreds of birds and plants.
Punta Allen is 43 kilometres from the entrance, at the end of the road. It is a fishing village where you will find places to stay to sleep and eat seafood (locals say that lobster is cheaper than in Tulum Pueblo).
Also, in Punta Allen, many agencies offer tours of the Caribbean Sea and fishing trips. They take you to the reef, from there you can practice the sighting of birds, fish, dolphins, and turtles.
We recommend comfortable clothes, a towel, and a different outfit. Also, it’s very important to use solar protection, and bugs repellent, so please use it only when you will not have contact with water, respect the species that live in the reserve, remember that is a very special zone, and you’ll need a bag for garbage.
Try to arrive earlier, and if you have a car, you need to get gas before you go, because there is no gas station nearby, and if you can bring a cooler with drinks and food because you will not find stores to buy.