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  • Andrea
    Saint Charles, MO1 contribution
    This was certainly an experience to have!!! One of the best ways to get to understand , relax, & appreciate Mexico.
    Our tour guide, Antonio, was extra communicative before the day of the tour to ensure we had transportation and were prepared. The location is a little off the beaten path ( literally). But Google Maps got us there no problem.
    Our tour guides were so helpful, friendly, knowledgeable and passionate about the area and their jobs as ambassadors to the wellbeing of the Reserve, the birds, and the mangroves.
    The kayaks are a little different than your usual short river kayak, and even for someone practiced with kayaking, it took a min to get used to. The tourguides are there to help though.

    This is something I would love to bring other family & friends back to experience.
    Review of: Half-Day Kayak Sian Ka’an Sunset Tour
    Written 7 July 2023
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  • GBW
    3 contributions
    This was an amazing two day tour with Carlos and Lugo. We were able to locate ALL the endemic Yucatan bird species including Mexican Sheartail, Gray-throated Chat, Orange Oriole, Yucatan Poorwill, Yucatan Nightjar Yucatan Wren, Yucatan Gnatcatcher, Yucatan Vireo and Yellow-lored (Yucatan) Parrot We alao so American Flamingo, American Pygmy Kingfisher, Lesser Roadrunner, several Ferruginous Pygmy-Owls and many more bird species. In addition we saw Gray Fox and Constrictor species. Both guides were incredibly knowledgeable and a delight to be with. I highly recommend them to any birder visiting the Yucatan.
    Review of: Private Tour: Birdwatching Playa del Carmen
    Written 24 May 2022
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  • Mike H
    4 contributions
    We had a great experience, although it wasnt as sold. We never got to float or meander brtween the mongroves. They also dont tell you its a VERY long bumpy ride to get there. There was only one english guide for the boats as well. Despite all this, the lunch was really nice. The trip was great and were lucky enough to see a couple of dolphins and three turtles. Really enjoyed the snorkeling as well.
    Review of: Deep into Nature at Sian Ka'an Biosphere! Round Transportation From Riviera Maya
    Written 3 June 2023
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  • Alex
    London, UK8 contributions
    Well worth a visit if you’re in Tulum and the $1k pesos boat trip is also actually worth every penny. The lagoon is beautiful and there is nothing like floating down the canal carried by a light current, surrounded by nature and with not many other people! Absolutely serene!
    Review of: Sian Ka'an
    Written 16 October 2023
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  • Zaheeda
    1 contribution
    My sister and I only had time for one excursion on our short trip to Riviera Maya. We carefully selected this tour, considering it is the #1 Sian Ka'an tour listed on TripAdvisor’s site. Had we known that we’d have to sit in a mini van for almost 8 hours of the excursion (including 4 hours jerking from side to side), that we would have no access to washrooms for 8 hours, and that we would not eat for more than 8 hours, we never would have booked this!

    Following are the misrepresentations and issues we encountered that we’re bringing to your attention in the hope that other travellers do not experience the same problems.


    The mini van arrived a half hour late to pick us up from our hotel. Apparently, the driver got lost.

    The road to the boats was HEAVILY rutted and excruciatingly slow to travel (two hours each way). Pot hole after pot hole; massive craters in places worsened by the rain the night before; navigation at a speed of 10-20 kph. We were violently jerked side-to-side the entire ride, from the reserve’s entrance to the boats. My sister developed whiplash. It was torture.

    Transportation is misrepresented. According to the booking, ‘Transfer in Truck through the reserve of Sian Ka’an’ was included. At no point in the tour were we transferred to another vehicle. Had we transferred to this ‘truck’, we would not have had to endure the torturous two hour ride each way in the manner we did! Even more angering, I saw several of these ‘trucks’ parked by the boats.

    From my reading on our return, had the driver taken the Muyil entrance, this road could have been avoided altogether.


    We understand this is a nature reserve, but it would have been nice to know in advance that we would not have access to a toilet until lunch, almost 8 hours after pick up from our hotel.

    From my reading on our return, there are toilets at the entrance to the Muyil ruins and once you exit the jungle, near the boats.


    The tour is misrepresented as a ‘guided’ tour. The tour company representative provided a few facts of the area before we reached the boats. Our boat guide did not speak English and provided no facts about the area or its inhabiting animals; we simply observed all. This was very disappointing, especially since I observed a guide, with another tour group, pointing out flowers, plants, etc. while we were walking back to the boat in Punta Allen, after lunch.


    Though it was a hot, sunny day, snorkeling was cancelled due to the windy conditions (22-28 kph at the time). Disappointing, as we especially selected this tour because of the opportunity to snorkel in the second largest barrier reef in the world, but understandable.

    The boat ride was enjoyable. Luckily, we did observe a crocodile, many birds, dolphins, and a large sea turtle. We also stopped in an area close to a beach for a short swim.


    At the time of booking, I requested vegetarian meals.

    On the way to the reserve, the group was offered a packed breakfast. My sister and I were unable to partake as the sandwich contained ham. We were all offered another of the same sandwich before boarding the boat. My sister and I did not eat anything until close to 2pm, when we had lunch. Lunch was delicious: a plateful of colourful, grilled veggies and beans.

    Considering the late pick up, very rough ride through the reserve, not snorkeling, limited food, and the lack of inclusions (transfer to a truck and a proper tour guide), we are requesting a full refund of this trip.
    Review of: Sian Ka'an Biosphere, Full Nature Adventure! Round Transportation Included
    Written 17 February 2023
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