The tour begins at the Comunity center where we have an introductory briefing. The tour continues by boat traversing the two northernmost, brackish lagoons. In this area, we pass a small Mayan ruin and view up-close the mangrove islands which are nesting areas for many of the birds found within Sian Ka’an reserve.
The tour continues south along the peninsula to the lagoon of Boca Paila where we turn inland and enter the narrow 11 km natural canal which traverses the expansive mangrove swamp and savanna grassland which comprise much of the center of Sian Ka’an. Along the journey, we are surrounded by birds, tall mangrove trees, orchids, bromeliads, termite mounds, fish and much more.
The canal ends at a Post-Classic Mayan Temple hidden in the mangrove swamp with beautiful frescos and a well-preserved inner sanctum. After visiting the temple we continue by boat to the freshwater Lagoon of Chunyaxche where we see some examples of the thousands of small sinkholes (cenotes) from which the lagoon is filled.
After a snack and refreshments, we enter the canal once again to commence a half-hour relaxing float wearing lifejackets and being carried by the water’s current. After getting back in the boat we travel to the ocean edge passing wide sandy flats where rays, predatory birds, and many fish are found. Continuing under an antique wooden bridge we follow a waterway which allows us passage to the ocean to view the seemingly endless expanse of tree-lined, sandy beach. We end the tour following the peninsula back to the lagoon where we started, for a sit-down lunch (included in the price) and for some relaxation.
*All times are approximate. Tour can change under special circumstances.
Rate: USD $109 per person
What To Bring:
Sandals, wet shoes or tennis shoes, light t-shirt, bathing suit, biodegradable mosquito repellent, sun block lotion, towel, sunglasses, camera, take an extra T-shirt, we suggest binoculars.
If this activity is of interest to you, please contact us and we will be delighted to answer any additional questions.