Muyil Ruins and Float in Sian Ka'an Maya Canals

Sian Ka'an Reserve, Mexico

Muyil Ruins and Float in Sian Ka'an Maya Canals

Looking for an adventure in the crystal-clear waters of the ancient Muyil and Chunyaxche lagoons? Look no further! Join us on a tour of one of the oldest Maya sites in the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve.

Led by local Maya guides, this tour will take you to the Muyil archaeological site, where you'll learn about the history of this ancient village. You'll also enjoy a traditional lunch, giving you a taste of the region's rich culinary heritage.

In the afternoon, you'll be led through the jungle to reach the X-lapak temple and the lagoons. Here, you'll have the opportunity to ride on a boat and float partway along the ancient canal that connects the Laguna de Muyil, Chunyaxche, and Capelchen. You could see a plethora of marine wildlife, including manatees, turtles, and potentially dolphins. By the end of the day, you'll be back in Tulum in time for dinner.

Right for You?


Full Day

Travel Style

Active Adventure, Connect with Nature, Cultural Immersion and Historical Sites


English, Spanish, Other Local Language, Italian and French

Physical Activity

Moderate activity




Wifi: None
Cell: Limited
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Speaks: English, Spanish, Other Local Language, Italian and French



Tours every day, 7am to 2:30pm


Flexible Departure Date
All year


What's Included


Bilingual guide


Traditional lunch prepared by community members


Boat and Private van

Traveler Reviews


What an adventure!

This tour was amazing from start to finish! We had an amazing and knowledgeable guide. Floating down the canals was one of those things we will remember forever. The Muyil ruins were very different from so many of the others I've been to, as they are so immersed in the jungle. They aren't as big or crowded as many of the other ones I've been to. And the food! We had an amazing breakfast with some traditional Mayan foods as well as ham and eggs and some amazing homemade tortillas. When it was over, we came back for a traditional lunch, which was just as good as anything you'd get in a good traditional restaurant. You won't regret doing this!
December 2022


Wat een leuke trip! We reden naar Muyil om Maya ruines te bekijken. Gilberto was een goede gids met heel veel kennis. Na een wandeling door de jungle over houten planken kwamen we aan bij de lagune. Een boottocht over de laguna (dwars door het natuurpark Sian Ka’an) om ‘floating’’ door het kanaal te eindigen. Heerlijk om te doen (ook voor kinderen). Bij terugkomst nog een lekkere Maya-lunch genuttigd. Als je in Tulum bent, zou ik dit zeker doen!
December 2021

One of our favorite experiences!

We started the experience in Muyil ruins and our guide, Eddie, was so knowledgeable about the ruins, Mayan culture, and the different vegetation growing there! We even saw a howler monkey, a green heron, and coatis! Floating down the canal next to all the mangroves was so relaxing! I highly recommend this tour, it’s a must do if you’re in the Tulum area!
December 2021

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Sian Ka'an Community Tours

Sian Ka'an Community Tours

Locally Owned Tour Operator

Community Tours Sian Ka'an is a cooperative of locals who are passionate about sharing their culture and preserving Mayan heritage. The cooperative offers unique ways to experience the nature and history of the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, one of the largest protected areas in Mexico. Visitors 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 with small groups led by a local guide with Mayan heritage. In addition to providing a great adventure, the tours also educate visitors about the challenges of conservation. By supporting Community Tours Sian Ka'an, visitors can contribute to the preservation of the reserve and the Mayan culture while also having an unforgettable experience. If you want to experience the beauty and history of the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve in a unique and personal way, consider booking a tour with Community Tours Sian Ka'an. You'll have an adventure to remember while also supporting a worthy cause.

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Getting There

Transport options

Get picked up (included)
Your guide will pick you up between 7-9am from your hotel and the tour will begin at 9am.
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