After crossing Tulum, freeway 307 becomes a highway and traffic is lighter. Shortly after, the most southern point of the Riviera Maya, Punta Allen can be seen, which is the entrance to the Sian Ka’an Bisphere Reserve, the name of which means “Where the sky is born”. It is the birthplace of and home to 103 species of mammals and 345 species of birds. It is covered by mangroves, lagoons and wetlands.
The Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve is home to over 1,400 species of plants; there are high, medium and low jungles, coastal dunes, wetlands, savannahs, palm trees, and cattails. There are pumas, ocelots and jaguars, as well as tapirs, spider and howler monkeys, white tailed deer, white cheeked wild boars, manatees, dolphins, crocodiles and several species of sea turtles.
Spend the night at the Sian Ka’an Ecological Center, the most famous in the region. The accommodations are humble but clean and what is even better: cheap. It is perhaps the greatest envy of Cancun, and even of Playa del Carmen, which is somewhat ironic because human hands play almost no role in this great attraction. Immerse yourself in the natural marvels of the largest protected area in the Mexican Caribbean. As any good explorer, in Sian Ka’an you will be able to navigate narrow channels among a mangrove, climb to the top of a pyramid, float on the waters of a cenote or fish along the coast. All of this in one of the most protected environments in the Yucatan peninsula, to the south of Tulum. Without any doubt, this is one of the most memorable tours you can take in Mexico.
Return over highway 307 to the Route of the Maya Charm and head to Playa del Carmen for the next stop, the Island of Cozumel.
Sian Ka’an Ecological Center
Federal Highway Cancun-Tulum 68
T. (984) 871 2499