- Visit the place where ‘the sky was born’
- Unique floating journey through mangrove canals
Sian Ka’an, a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as Mexico’s second-largest biosphere reserve, literally means ‘origin of the sky’ - so-named for its astonishing natural beauty. On this Tulum sightseeing tour you’ll venture to the Mayan archaeological site of Muyil, led by a certified guide through pristine jungle to explore a site of substantial historic significance. Few tour groups visit this small yet beguilingly mysterious place, which was inhabited as early as 300BC. It’s something of a paradise for nature-lovers, the ruins still in good condition yet taken over almost completely by the trees. A fascinating tour during which your group will be virtually alone.
The second part of your Mexico gift experience takes place at the nearby archaeological site of Xlapak. Here the Mayans constructed a channel through limestone to connect two lagoons (you can actually see the area from the observation tower in Muyil). You’ll put on a flotation vest and slip into the crystal clear waters for a relaxing and unusual journey through the mangroves, letting the water gently carry you along. After around a 40-minute float, your guide will meet you and help you out of the water for the return to Tulum, with cool drinks and snacks provided. If you’re staying in Tulum and want an interesting day-trip away from the crowded beaches, give this a go.