Heaven on Earth: the Mexican biosphere reserve Sian Ka’an
Located at the edge of the Yucatan Peninsula is an amazing natural sanctuary called Sian Ka’an. Pronounced Zean Kahn in English, this beautiful area is a protected world heritage site by UNESCO that is still a hidden gem within the growing commercial area of Riviera Maya. It is completely off the beaten path and offers so many organic wonders to locals and tourists alike.
This is a perfect option if you’re looking for some real adventure and excitement during your visit of Quintana Roo. The reserve is technically located within the city limits of Tulum but because of its massive size, it could be considered as it own township. Also it is the largest environmentally protected area in the Mexican Caribbean. This enough should demonstrate how valuable it is and how worthy it is of be being your next “site to see” while visiting Quintana Roo.
It truly is a perfect choice if you are a more environmental savvy tourist or follower. The flora and fauna here is a sight for sore eyes. If you decide to travel from the hotel zone of Tulum to the small fishing village of Punta Allen you can enjoy majestic views of the Caribbean sea in front of a lagoon, see dolphins and sea turtles in their natural habitat, snorkel in a variety of coral reef, eat the freshest lobster you have ever had and visit an island swampland containing a wide variety of bird species.
Keep in mind that since this area is completely wild there aren’t first world amenities for example a smooth asphalt road connecting you to point A to point B. Visiting the reserves implies traveling about 2 hours from Tulum to the Punta Allen due to the bumpy road and low speed limit. It really implies “trekking” the path in order to arrive at your destination; however, it is completely worth the wait and all the effort! Please don’t think twice! You can try to dominate the open road on your own or join a tour group that will take care of everything for you.