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The Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve was first established January 20, 2986 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as a part of the UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Program. It is the largest protected area in the Mexican Caribbean (~1.3 million acres) set aside to preserve tropical forests, cenotes, savannas, mangroves, coral reefs as well as 23 known archaeological sites. Currently, the site boasts 103 known mamal species and 336 known bird species and is home to over 2,000 inhabitants.

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The Sian Ka'an Visitor Center is located 11 miles south of Tulum city before Boca Paila.

There is also a small ecotourism and education center called the Centro Ecologico Sian Ka'an (CESiaK) provides tours, fishing, accommodations, and other activities, the center is able to generate revenue to help fund conservation and education programs within the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve. CESiaK is located 4.8 km after the most northern entrance to Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, north of Boca Paila.

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Sian Ka'an Info Tours
Local Telephone: (984) 871-2499
Dial from US or Canada: 011-52-984-871-2499

Tours Offered:

  • All Day Sight Seeking Boat Tour
  • All Day Cancal Tour
  • Sunset Tour
  • Sunset Birdwatching Tour
  • Fly Fishing
  • Kayak
  • Tranquil Accommodations

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How do I get there?

Take a Taxi: You can take a taxi from your hotel directly to the reserve. The cost for one way fare can be $70-100 USD or more depending on your location. Always ask the driver "how much?" before getting into the cab. For the best going rates, ask your hotel concierge for the current taxi rates.

Rent a Car: You can drive to the reserve. From Cancun, follow the sign all the way to Tulum. Once in Tulum city it will be a bit harder to find your way to the reserve area. Take a good map of the area. Taxi drivers will know the location. It will take about 1.5 hours. See car rental information.

Take a Bus. Along the hotel zone, the public bus to the bus terminal is about 65 cents to ride and passes by the hotels almost very 2 minutes. Take the RI bus to the bus terminal downtown. It's a good idea to ask the bus driver to let you know when you get to the bus terminal and sit near the front. At the bus terminal, buy tickets to "Tulum". Get off downtown. From downtown, you will have to take a taxi into Boca Paila to get to the reserve. Also, note when the bus returns and ask where you are to meet back to catch the bus back to Cancun before you depart. The bus is airconditioned and makes stops along the way taking about 2 hours. Bus Schedules and Ticketing Online: Ticket Bus

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Recommended to bring: The area does not have much shade and during the day, the sun can get extremely hot so be warned. A hat is highly recommended, wear bathing suit under street clothes, towel and camera, biodegradable sunscreen.

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