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“Lovely day in the reserve ”
Review of Visit Sian Ka'an

Visit Sian Ka'an
Ranked #20 of 112 Tours in Tulum
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: If you are looking for a great outdoor experience away from the big tourist crowds and massive tour groups, then you make the best decision by visiting the natural Reserve of Sian Ka'an with Visit Sian Ka'an. This tour company allows you to visit Sian Ka'an and combine activites in a way, that no other tour provider does, thanks to the owner's first hand experience and being a native to the area. If you are a great nature lover, enjoy to snorkel and explore the diverse marine life and different ecosystems, such as untouched beaches, lagoons, mangroves and islands, cenotes, tropical jungle, hidden maya ruins, a relaxing float in the fresh water canal, seeing bird and wildlife in their natural habitat without minimal human interaction - then this tour company will be a great option for an adventurous day in the protected Biosphere Reserve Sian Ka'an.
Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

Yesterday we took a boat tour of approximately 6 hours. Aldo was our guide and we were with one other couple (also Dutch :)) on the boat.

It was a really nice tour. You see a lot of different biotopes (salt water, brackish water, fresh water, tall mangrove, short mangrove, grassland). We spotted numerous bird species, saltwater fish (e.g. A large barracuda) freshwater fish, both species of crocodile and also the manatees. We also floated on the maya river.

If Aldo is your guide he will make sure you have a lovely day e.g he will discuss if you want more time to cool off in the water. Lunch is simple, traditional and very nice.

I highly recommend this tour to people who want a relaxing day in the reserve where looking for wildlife and enjoying the flora and fauna is the main objective. You probably won't see all the animals that live there, but that makes it more special if you do.. You are not visiting a zoo!

We booked the tour via the website. Communication afterwards was via email and was in good English. Payment can be made via PayPal in advance. It was about $110 US per person which was well worth the money.

Please make sure you follow the instructions on the website about what to bring to protect you from the sun.


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Reviewed 30 August 2017

My husband and I did this trip in June 2017 as part of our travels around Mexico and Cuba. It was a trip highlight.

I will preface this in saying that we are more about the natural environment than we are about shopping or resorts. The canal float was extraordinary - floating along through an ancient waterway, and the fish we passed were as curious about us as we were about them.

During the trip we saw all sorts of wildlife, including some manatees in the distance. It was a wonderful day out and an experience I would (and have) recommended to other like-minded travellers

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Reviewed 23 June 2017

Great snorkeling, and great local food. We will be back! A great half day excursion for the whole family.

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Reviewed 22 May 2017

Aldo was very nice and very accommodating. The Sian Ka'an Reserve is beautiful and floating down the canals through the mangroves was great. The snorkeling was not great, a little choppy and I didn't see anything that I had not seen many times before. The main reason I gave this trip only 3 stars is this:
Snorkeling-I felt Aldo should have been guiding us in the water snorkeling rather than staying in the boat and pointing to where we should go. Perhaps we would have seen more if we have proper guidance.
Lunch- the tour description said we would have a buffet lunch on a secluded beach. What we got was a luke warm tamale and some mango which we had to eat in the little boat sitting on hard seats---no beach, no buffet. He did have a few beers and soft drinks but this lunch was a huge disappointment and not worth the $110 pp fee for the trip.

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Reviewed 24 April 2017

We took a lovely and leisurely drive all the way down, down, down…Any time I can go to a Biosphere Reserve, I go! Not many are left and being preserved. Great views and vistas. Make sure to take sun lotion, sun glasses, camera, water, binoculars and a cooler with food etc. Might as well make it a picnic. Make sure you have a full tank of gas! We arrived early and saw no entrance guard and we did not pay anything.There are plenty of boat tour companies and I heard there was good fishing but we did neither. DO NOT SWIM in the lagoon area by the bridge…there are Crocodiles and the park guard said the man we saw swimming by the bridge was at risk.

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