Day trip

From Tulum: Mayan ruins & Sian Kaan Nature Reserve Tour

Activity provider: Mexico Kan Tours

From Tulum: Mayan ruins & Sian Kaan Nature Reserve Tour

Activity provider: Mexico Kan Tours

From US$ 139 per person

Take an exciting half-day tour through the heart of ancient Mayan civilization and enjoy the stunning Sian Kaan Nature Reserve. Discover jungle wildlife, and float in the tranquil turquoise waters before returning home.

About this activity

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Duration 6 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, French
Pickup included
Hotel pickup in Tulum City and Tulum Hotel zone is included in the price.
Small group
Limited to 12 participants


  • Wander the ancient ruins of Muyil
  • Keep an eye out for the many varieties of native bird, animal and plant species in the Sian Kaan Nature Reserve
  • Learn detailed information from your guide about the plants and animals that live here
  • Relax on a boat ride between the lagoons
  • Float past huge mangrove trees, as you cool off in the turquoise waters
Full description

Explore the ancient Mayan ruins of Muyil and the Sian Kaan Nature Reserve on a half-day tour from Tulum. You will encounter a variety of birds, plants, and animals before wandering through the ruins to discover the incredible history of this ancient civilization.

After being picked up from Tulum you will be transferred to the Sian Kaan Nature Reserve. Walk through this inspiring eco-preserve to the highest point in the reserve and gaze out at an unblemished jungle filled with hundreds of species of birds, plants, and animal life.

Enjoy a small hike before a boat ride through the trading canals of the ancient Maya civilization and visit the Maya temple of Xlapak. You will see the detailed facades of these old ruins, located at the bottom of the river valley.

Next, float back down through the canals between mangroves and gently make your way back out into the crystal-clear waters around the peninsula. Onboard, enjoy an assortment of Mexican snacks and lunch as the sun sets over this beautiful landscape.

Experience the very best of this region. The food, the culture, the nature, and a bit of relaxation make this a perfect day trip from your home base in Playa del Carmen.

  • Entry tickets & places visited
    • Sian Ka'an entry ticket

    • Maya temple of Xlapak, Mexico entry ticket

  • Who you’ll be with
    • Live tour guide: Spanish, English, French

  • Transport
    • Transport by river boat, van

    • Pickup & drop-off by van

  • Food & drink
    • Picnic

    • Unlimited water, soft drink

    • Not included: alcoholic drinks

  • Equipment
    • Life vest

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Biodegradable sunscreen
  • Insect repellent

Know before you go

  • Use of the provided life jackets is mandatory
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 155 reviews

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The tour was great: our visit was a good mix between nature and culture. Our guide Luigi was really knowledgable on Mayan culture, trees, and the whole Yucatan region. He was friendly and very helpful. We had a veggie burger and a slice of carrot cake for lunch, as well as plenty of homemade cookies as snacks. The highlight was clearly the crossing of lagoons and floating through the mangrove: so peaceful and relaxing!

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August 25, 2022

It was a very beautiful day and a good mix between nature and visit. We were lucky enough to see monkeys. Our guide Felipe was really great and shared his knowledge of plants, animals, Mayan culture, etc. with pleasure. The lunch was very good and fun and the floating part in the mangrove was so nice and relaxing! We highly recommend this outing which allows you to get off the beaten track.

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August 24, 2022

They picked-up at the hotel on time, Luigi (our Italian guide) has been amazing in going above and beyond explaining the Mayan culture, the behind the scenes of every spot we stopped. Swimming in the lazy river was on of the best experiences ever: relaxing in the middle of the jungle is priceless. Last but not least, they provided us with cold purified water, fruit, veggie burgers, hand-made biscuits and carrots.

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August 14, 2022

Product ID: 13850