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.



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

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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

Your Local Host

Sian Ka'an Community Tours

Locally Owned Tour Operator

Sian Ka'an is a tour company started by a cooperative of locals passionate about sharing their culture and preserving Mayan heritage. They offer a variety of tours in the Qintana Roo Biosphere Reserve - canoe trips, visits to Mayan ruins and much more. They are committed to assuring the best quality of experience to lovers of nature and Mayan Culture. These tours offer genuine experiences that provide adventure, education and enjoyment.

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Getting There

Transport options

Get picked up (included) and Drive