The Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve is one of the four existing in the Yucatan Peninsula. Sian Ka'an is located at the gates of the tourist Riviera Maya, a true escape to nature.

The Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve It covers a space of 528,147.66 hectares. The Biosphere Reserves are the largest protected Natural Areas in Mexico. The Sian Ka'an Reserve is a Unesco Natural Heritage since 1987.

There are several access points to the Reserve: la entry more popular It's from Tulum. The diversion in Tulum towards Boca Paila leads you to the Entrance to the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve. From here there are about 50 kilometers of sandy road to the town of Punta Allen. A path that is going to be an adventure for you.

Get to known what to do in Punta Allen

Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, Mexico.

Highway of the Sian Ka'an Tulum Biosphere Reserve - Punta Allen

The road of the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve It borders the spectacular Caribbean coast meandering along a sandy track towards Punta Allen, a coastal fishing village that is at the end of this unmissable route.

What to see on the route Tulum-Punta Allen

During the journey you will be able to enjoy landscapes where the white earth tongue that you walk gets together almost touching the Caapechén lagoon y Caribbean, you can climb to a watchtower with magnificent views in the visitors Center (15 Km from the entrance), discover the lagoon by boat, rent a kayak, observe the different fauna of the place, from crocodiles, herons, coatis, gray pelican, frigates, discover the flora and the paths between mangroves, go through the bridge of Boca Paila, bathe in some of the desert beaches, visit the Mayan ruins that hides the Sian Ka'an jungle.

On the way you will see the few privileged hotels that we find inside the Reserve. Most high budget, they are a luxury. In Punta Allen town you find cheaper accommodation.

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Ssian Ka'an Reserve, Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, Mexico.
Caapechen Lagoon. Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, Mexico.
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Viewpoint of the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, Mexico.
Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve.

Road conditions of the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve

You must bear in mind that the scarce 50 km of dirt road that separates Tulum from Punta Allen can be eternal in rainy season (May to October), arriving to take more than 5 hours to cover them, so look carefully road conditions, from your car and your time to get to Punta Allen. The road in good condition takes between an hour and a half and two hours.

You can know the Reserve by hiring a organized tour with an agency: it's the excursions tops of Riviera Maya, Most are made in 4 × 4 and are about 130 usd per person the tour. Then I leave you options to do it with agency.

Tips for visit the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve for free

If you have time and are adventurous, the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve it's a good place to go in private car and enjoy it at your leisure. You can spend the night in Punta Allen, in one of the little hotels of the Reserve or camping on the beach.

Going by bike I think it exceeds everything else: slow pace and your air, the most.

Cenote Biosphere Reserve Sian Ka'an, Mexico.


Moving by rental car in Riviera Maya and surroundings is an excellent option for your vacation. We recommend you book your car online months before, especially if you travel in peak times such as Christmas, Easter or summer. They tend to increase prices as the date approaches, just as it happens with airline tickets.

The excursions that go through the reserve do all in 4 × 4 cars, it gives adventure and the environment favors it a lot. Honestly you do not need an 4 × 4 to travel the area, but it does give comfort and safety on a road that sometimes gets difficult because of the holes. Go to the little step and enjoy the road.

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If you want cheaper accommodation, you should get to Punta Allen, where you can eat wonderfully and take the opportunity to go on a boat trip with one of the town cooperatives. These excursions allow you to know the natural environment of mangrove, see dolphins and turtles, and know the natural pools of Blanquizal.

There are different cooperatives in the town, they handle similar prices: from 2 to 3 hours the boat ride for 6 people is about 3000 pesos, to be distributed between 6. There are other kayak excursions in the area and other local alternatives.

CONTACT OF THE ORCHID COOPERATIVE, PUNTA ALLEN: It is a cooperative formed by women. Certified cooperatives of an environmentally responsible nature work in this cooperative. Surely you like their offer of kayak, bike and boat tours to enjoy nature and learn.Whatsapp contact, the best way to contact them: + 52 1 984 249 2839 (Ysabel). You give my regards to Ysabel and Mar 🙂
Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, Mexico.


The Biosphere Reserve is one of those places that we do not want to miss. For many visitors it becomes more comfortable and easy to visit the place in agency tour, where they will pick you up at your hotel and travel around the place by boat. You can book through the blog, it's safe and they allow you to cancel without cost.

Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve Tour, Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, Mexico.

It is worth staying close to this magnificent Caribbean coast and savoring the awakening on a wild beach. You will discover how good it feels to live such a beautiful place where nature still predominates.

The Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1987

Sian Ka'an It will be one of the places you will remember of your trip, of the treasures of the Caribbean coast. If you have time, discover this jewel of a place at your own pace.

Meet the wild Sian Ka'an 1 Biosphere Reserve

Reserve of Sian Ka'an

LOCATION: the Sian Ka'an Reserve is located between Tulum and Felipe Carrillo Puerto. It has 5 accesses being the most popular one in Tulum, Boca Paila road. The entrance arch to the Reserve is located about 15 kilometers from Tulum. From Felipe Carrillo Puerto there is 70 km, direction Vigía Chico or El Playón. From here there is a collective boat to Punta Allen, 10 minutes.
PRICE ENTRY: 68 mxn per person.
HOW TO GET IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION? From Tulum to Punta Allen there is public transport, it leaves from (truck or van) daily to the 14 from the Tulum taxi station. From Punta Allen he returns to the 5 in the morning.
BOAT TRIPS FROM MUYIL BY THE RESERVE: from the archaeological zone of Muyil a interpretive path that cross the Sian Ka'an Reserve to the Muyil lagoon: boats leave that run through the Sian Ka'an canals between an hour and a half and two hours, they charge 700 pesos per person. You can bathe in the canal and visit a small archeological vestige. Good excursion
ACCOMMODATION: during the way you find lodges, they are not cheap (except the option of camping in a place of palm trees, near the entrance to the reserve). To find cheaper accommodation you should go to Punta Allen, where there is also place to camp. I advise you to book in high season like Christmas, and months of January and December.
PRECAUTIONS ON THE ROAD:with the road in good condition takes between an hour and a half and two hours from Tulum to Punta Allen. In bad condition, put 5 and a little more. There is no gas station in Punta Allen.

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Sandra Salvadó Training photographer, traveler by vocation and certified tourism guide by the Government of Mexico. We promote natural wonders and contemporary Mayan culture. Great fan of pre-Hispanic history. Author of the blog and co-founder of The Shortest Path Travel, agency that guides you through alternative paths in Mayan lands. Social and sustainable tourism in the Yucatan Peninsula and Chiapas.
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