Come to explore Sian Kaan the biosphere reserve in Mexico

Sian Kaan

Sian Kaan, Mayan word which means “place where the sky is born” was the first Biosphere Reserve established in Mexico. It is located south of the state of Quintana Roo, about 2 hrs away  from Cancun. Today is  a World´s Heritage Site declared by UNESCO, and is of high conservation priority for the people and government of Mexico. It is the third largest protected area of the country and is composed of 600.000 acres of tropical ecosystems that range from lowland forest, flooded savannas, mangroves and a portion of the second largest barrier reef in the world, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. The reserve is home to more than 800 species of plants and provides habitat for over 350 species of birds, as well as for the jaguar, puma, ocelot, howler and spider monkeys, crocodiles and many species of turtles. In addition, the Biosphere Reserve of Sian Ka’an is home to 23 archaeological sites of pre-Columbian culture.
If you want to visit Sian Kaan, it’s best to come to the Riviera Maya or Tulum, were there are nice and green hotels.

Swimming with Manatees

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Manatees

Have you ever just wanted to go into the water and just hug one of these “Sea Cows”? Manatees are completely herbivorous aquatic mammals, Their scientific name is  Trichechus manatus, from the Greek tri (three) and chechus (nails) and from the Caribbean native manati (with teat). To me personally, they give me an immense feeling of tenderness, and to want to touch and hug them!!!

In general, the activity with manatees is very simple; you enter the water with them and feed them lettuce. It would seem that the activity has very little point but the activity is so gratifying!!!

Interaction with Manatees is possible at the dolphin centers of Isla Mujeres, Puerto Aventuras and in Xel-Ha. In your reservations for activities in Cancun and the Riviera Maya, don’t forget to mention them to find out which center is closest to you.

Get To Know The Jungle Maya Tour

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Jungle Maya Tour

Have you already been to the archaeological sites? Or do they just not appeal to you, anyway? Do you want a vacation that is different and exciting without being an extreme sport? We recommend this tour for you, as it’s super fun, and has the just the right amount of what you’re looking for: adventure, excitement, and adrenaline, and all in a green, meaning ecological, environment.

Here you’ll fly on Ziplines over the jungle, rappel down into a cenote, explore and snorkel in cenotes and you’ll scream inside your 4 X 4 vehicle that takes you into the Jungla Maya (Mayan Jungle).

What’s more, you’ll take part in a Mayan purification ceremony with a real shaman, and of course, you’ll be super happy by day’s end. My favorite part? I think it was definitely the underground river. It’s beauty is amazing.

Although it seems that it’s only for the young, this is perfect for everyone, from those in their teens to those in their 60’s! The best thing about it is that you can do it with or without visiting Tulum and the archaeological site. If you come to Cancun or the Riviera Maya don’t miss it. It’s the only one that will let you get to know Nature and have fun in a sustainable environment.

Do You Like Birds? Come visit CONTOY ISLAND on your trip to Cancun, Mexico

Contoy Island

Welcome to one of the most beautiful islands of the mexican caribbean and very close to Cancun. Contoy Island is located northeast of the Yucatan Peninsula, on one side we have the Gulf of Mexico and on other the Caribbean Sea.

The mixture of the cold waters of the Gulf and the warm waters of the Caribbean, helps the production of plankton that attracts large numbers of Sea Birds. Therefore, it has become the natural refuge of 151 species of birds. Contoy Island is a protected area, since turtles come to nest on its beaches. Contoy Island is a paradise very near to Cancun Quintana Roo, and its one of the many ecological tours that you can find in Cancun, but its certainly the most beautiful and preserved paradise.

As a natural reserve protected area, tourism is limited to 200 visitors a day, so only very few lucky ones have the opportunity to admire the beauty of the beautiful beaches of Contoy Island, and be amazed by the diversity of Birds that live in the island. If you go to Cancun or Isla Mujeres you can visit Contoy Island, its less than an hour by boat, you must book 3 days in advance and you can leave in the morning and return by the end of the afternoon.

Contoy Island is for demanding Tourism that want a different option away from crowds.