Exploring the Caribbean coast of Mexico can be a magical adventure, especially when there are incredibly beautiful places like the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve to wow and delight. The Sian Ka’an nature preserve, which stretches 120 kilometers from north to south along the coast from Tulum to Muyil, is the largest protected area in the Riviera Maya region. Its immense biodiversity and variety of archeological sites make it the perfect place for those in need of an adventure.
The Origin of the Sky
Sian Ka’an, meaning the “origin of the sky,” was once inhabited by the ancient Mayans who left behind 23 distinct archeological sites. Extensive canal systems, which weave between the mangrove forests and the magical lagoons, are believed to have been used as a trade route between the towns of Tulum and Muyil. These two strategic points were of great importance to the Mayans and their connection was crucial to society. Much like many other archeological sites, a host of artifacts and relics were left behind, which have helped researchers to learn about the Mayan culture. Although similar, the Sian Ka’an Biosphere is much more than your typical Mayan ruins.
The reserve is home to some of the most diverse habitats in the world. Charismatic mammals such as the Jaguar, Puma, Ocelot and Central American Tapir live throughout the 969,000 hectares that are part of the reserve lands. The biosphere also provides for a large number of migratory birds, reptiles and marine life. Many of the species of flora and fauna that inhabit the area are on the endangered list and their preservation is of extreme importance. For this and many other reasons, the Sian Ka’an Biosphere is an eco-friendly place that offers a high quality experience for nature lovers and admirers.
Tours from Cancun can be arrange for an adventure at the Sian Ka’an biosphere.