Tulum, Mexico

Float in Ancient Mayan Canals

Full Day | Wildlife Viewing, Boat Tour and Swimming

Just a few minutes from Tulum in the biosphere reserve of Sian Ka'an is an ancient canal made by Mayans approximately 1000 years ago. This canal passes through four different ecosystems, which include of mangroves, lagoons, natural canals and tropical jungles where diverse animals, fish, birds and manatees live. With each expert local guide, you can visit some of the most natural protected areas that are conserved here in Mexico. You can enjoy the beautiful refreshing water yourself while floating in a canal that is 900 metres of fresh water within a world of natural magic. Afterwards, take a boat from Boca Paila to the see the manatees. Finally, end this beautiful day by delighting your palate with some typical Mayan food in the mayan community center.

Right for You?


Full Day

Travel Style

Active Adventure and Connect with Nature


English and Spanish

Physical Activity

Moderate activity


Wetlands and Rural Communities


Wifi: None
Cell: Limited

Sian Ka'an Community Tours

Locally Owned Tour Operator
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Speaks: English and Spanish


  • Float in beautiful canals!
  • Hang with the gentle creatures known as manatees.
  • Get some culture in with a visit to the Community Museum.



Tours daily. Lasts from 8am to 3pm.


Flexible Departure Date
All year

What's Included


Cultural Activities, Wildlife Viewing, Swimming, Boat Tour and Community Visit


Bilingual guide




Boat and Private van

Traveler Reviews

If you've been here, please tell us about it!  

Amazing experience

This is such a fantastic tour -- it allows you to explore a less-frequented area of Sian Ka'an. The tour is extremely well-rounded, you get a bit of adventure, history and some great food. If you're in Tulum, definitely check this out.

January 2017

Must-See side of Tulum

You might think Tulum is just for partying, but this biological reserve is so precious, peaceful, and beautiful, you cannot miss it! The thing is, Sian Ka'an is easy to miss - you need to book with a good tour in order to see all the best parts, including the manatees, the birds, small Mayan ruins, etc. Our Mayan boat driver had a good eye, and would stop the boat for seemingly nothing, only to point out wildlife, like a crocodile sunbathing, or the snout of a manatee poking out of the water. I can't recommend this tour enough!

January 2018

Excellent tour!

The canal tour was beautiful. The Sian Ka'an is breathtaking. Our guide was very knowledgeable and provided a lot of information about the area and the animals that live there. We saw a crocodile, manatee, and lots of different birds. The boats are quite fast and zip through the canals making it exciting. It seems as if the canals are never ending then you come out into gorgeous open water. The food was very good and they had coolers in the boats with water. Highly recommend taking this tour.

March 2018

Your Local Host

Sian Ka'an Community Tours

Locally Owned Tour Operator

Started by a cooperative of locals passionate about sharing their culture and preserving Mayan heritage, Community Tours Sian Ka'an offers unique ways to experience the nature and history of the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve. You can explore the Muyil ruins, learn about Mayan history and traditions, float in ancient canals, see manatees swimming in crystal clear waters and more. All tours are personal experiences - small groups led by a local guide with Mayan heritage. Every experience provides a great adventure while educating about the challenges of conservation.

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Getting There

Transport options

Get picked up (included) and Drive
Pick up from all hotels in Tulum is included in the price. If you are staying elsewhere in the Riviera Maya, pick up can be arranged for a small extra price.