When people think of Tulum they have a mental image of large, white sand beaches, cool places to stay, ecclectic community and a night sky that has more stars than most people have ever seen. This is picture is true, all of it, but what many don’t know is that the landscape is much more diverse than this. The beach is large, and beautiful and wonderful. But if you walk across the street to the jungle, a whole other world awaits. If you take crusie to the south, an even larger and more diverse world awaits that offers a whole other side to your Tulum vacation. Envision fresh water lagoons, dense jungle, over 1.5 million acres of protected land that is full of completely different activities.
Sian Kaan biosphere south of Casa de las Olas – our eco neighbours
Facts – Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve – a 1.5 million acre protected Unesco World Heritage site, the largest protected area in the state of Quintana Roo and the Mayan Riviera. Building is limited and the area is dense. The only way to see the biosphere is by water, in the ocean and the hundreds of lagoons that are inland.
Activity options – Guided boat tours in the lagoon, guided ocean tours in small boats. Kayak through the Caapechen Lagoon and learn about the various flora, fauna, and ecosystems of the Reserve.
Kayaking can be guided or unguided, take your pick
Sometimes it is nice to discover new places on your own. Seasoned kayakers are wired to this type of adventure. Kayakers work hard at their education and skills to ensure independance and discovery. Different tour operators offer guided and unguided tours of the Sian Kaan, and our preference is both! Just to make things interesting we do support both options and hope that guests have time for both.
The guided tour brings a wealth of knowledge and know-how from local guides who know the area, the birds, the interesting places and cool details. They are fun to hang with, give you a great overview and will fill you in on some of their experiences in the Sian Kaan.
The unguided tour after your overview, will bring you to areas of the lagoon that you want to explore. The surprises can be fun, the adventure always a thrill and time on the water with a kayaking partner, pricelesss! the difference between these two experiences rounds out anyone’s Tulum experience.
Cool thing is kayaking and bird watching is best done first thing in the morning. Take a cruise, discover something new and then head to the beach and stay cool for the rest of the day. Your kayaking excursion does not have to be an entire day so it leaves you open to other experiences that Tulum has to offer, and that is many!
Diversity is what we love about Tulum and our eco neighbor the Sian Kaan.
Take a walk, kayak, take a drive or a bike into the protected area of our neighbor the Sian Kaan. It is almost like saying that Yellowstone Park is out neighbor or the grand canyon, or for you Canadians out there Alconquin Park or the Rockies. All of these areas offer activities close by that challenge you physically and mentally.
Check out more activities that you can do on your Tulum vacation!