Sian Ka'an Reserve, Mexico

Muyil Ruins and Float in Sian Ka'an Maya Canals

Jump into the turquoise waters of the ancient Muyil and Chunyaxche lagoons and get to know one of the oldest Maya sites in the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve! You will be led by local Maya guides who will take you to the Muyil archaeological site. You'll feast on a traditional Maya lunch and learn about the history of the ancient Maya village. In the afternoon you'll be led through the jungle to reach X-lapak temple and the lagoons. You'll then have the opportunity to float along the Ancient Canal which connects Laguna de Muyil, Chunyaxche and Capelchen and be back in Tulum by dinner!

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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


  • Explore one of the oldest Maya archaeological sites in the world
  • Hike through the jungle in the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve
  • Float along the canals to several Maya lagoons
  • Visit the ancient X-lapak and Muyil temples
  • Eat a traditional lunch prepared by the community
  • Learn about Maya history from local guides



Tours every day, 7am to 2:30pm or 11:30am to 7pm (only December to April)


Flexible Departure Date
All year

What's Included


Bilingual guide


Traditional lunch prepared by community members


Boat and Private van

Traveler Reviews


Everything was perfect!

This was one of the best excursions my partner and I have ever done while traveling! The driver, Jorge, showed up on time and was able to navigate the complicated private entrance to our Airbnb without any issue. Gilberto was an excellent guide, full of wisdom & personal experience as a Mayan who grew up in the area. The float was so relaxing and beautiful, the ruins were impressive and full of history, and the food at the end was delicious. No confusions with the remaining balance due for the tour cost and no hidden fees outside of what was listed. Highly recommend this tour!
September 2021

Do not miss this experience!

We visit Sian Ka'an every time we come to Mexico. It is a gorgeous location and the canal float is like nothing else in the world! Highly recommend! The tour guides are experts on the Muyil Ruins and love answering questions. DO NOT MISS! Excellent tour!
August 2021

It was wonderful!

This was my second time on this outing. I had 3 new family members who we wanted to share this canal float trip with, and it did not disappoint! Our guide Pepe was absolutely the best. He answered all our questions and was knowledgeable in all aspects of the day. I would highly recommend the Muyil Ruins and Canal Float :)
August 2021

Amazing experience

This was definitely a highlight of our trip to Mexico. Our guide, Pepe, was excellent. He was very knowledgeable of the ecology, history, and environmental risks of the area. We learned so much about the area on our tour and Pepe was very friendly and easy to talk to. I could tell that this company cares about protecting the environment and sharing knowledge about the area.
July 2021

Great and varied experiences

Omar was an excellent guide, and Jorge was a great driver. We appreciated Omar's detailed knowledge about the flora and fauna, and his help in the canal float experience. Both were friendly and efficient.
March 2020

Review of Sian Ka'an Ruins & Float Tour

Really enjoyed this tour! Scenery was beautiful and our tour guide, Gilberto, was very knowledgeable of Mayan culture & history. I recommend bringing bug spray for the jungle hike portion of the tour! Floating in the canals was very relaxing (although a little chilly the day we went) and one of my favorite parts. Recommend!
February 2020

A great trip

We were in a small group (4 people) and Pepe, our guide was very knowledgeable. It was a great change from touristy outings and was amazing to see another side of this area. We brought snorkel masks for the float and enjoyed seeing the freshwater fish. We brought our 7 year old daughter and she had a great time too!
June 2019
Ana Paulina


We had a wonderful time in family guided by Pepe who was very helpful and gave us a deep insight not only about the archeogical site of Muyl but also about Mayan culture, tradition and about all kinds of living forma in the sian kaan. We had a beautiful relaxing time in the canals and the walk through the wetlands eas something we will remember. The people of Community Tours do a great professional work from the moment they pick you up sharp in time through all the experience, the snacks and food are carefully prepared by mayan women, and they have a nice meeting point where you can buy some mayan crafts and visit theor beautiful butterfly pavillion. Pepe our guide along with Cristian the driver and Alfonso the boat capitan made a greqt team taking us tomthis unforgetable experience.
April 2019

Highly Recommend Muyil Ruins Float

Our Community Tours guide was knowledgeable, friendly and fun. We loved the different activities along the way. Hiking the ruins, climbing a watch tower, boat ride in the lagoon, float through the connecting channel and stops at the local Community Tours property for lunch and a walk through their garden. Loved it!
April 2019


This was a great excursion into the ruins and jungle and the lagoons and canals. Our guide was Nubia- she guided four of us, two Americans and two French, and patiently conversed with both sets of people very professionally and with enthusiasm. Give the woman a throat lozenge- she had to do double duty the whole day! We didn’t drum up as many birds and monkeys as I’d hoped for, but it wasn't for lack of trying. The ruins and jungle were very atmospheric, the really cool canal float at the end was delightful; my wife said it was the most fun on a tour she’d ever had. I recommend this operation highly.
March 2019

Nice setup, but much waiting around

The programme was interesting, as was the initial guided tour in the rainforest. We saw the ruins, the view from a high tower and some birds. A nice mix of history and nature, and the guide was a well-informed biologist. Then we got in a boat, but the driver only talked Spanish and we got no translation. The lagoons and canals inbetween were still pretty, though. The floating was really relaxing, a lovely experience! Lunch back at the centre outside of Tulum was delicious (several choices, I had chicken in banana leaf). But then we had to wait for the other group, and when they finally came, it was their turn to eat! We also had to sit around and wait for the van or the boat at different sites. This was annoying, schedule could really be shorter and smoother!
February 2019

Amazing jungle adventure!

Everything about this tour was fantastic. The tour guide for the day picked us up at our condo and spent the drive to Sian Ka’an talking to us about the ways in which the community is a big part of this experience. We were treated to a delicious breakfast at the community restaurant cooked by the Maya locals. The guide expertly explained all about the flora and fauna that we saw in the jungle as well as the ruins and Mayan culture. We were lucky enough to see lots of wildlife including a spectacular show from a pair of howler monkeys, as well as several herons, egrets, cormorants, and many fish species. The boat ride and float through the jungle was also spectacular and very informative. This was all topped off with a beautifully prepared and scrumptious lunch back at the community center. I highly recommend booking a tour with Lokal Travel!
January 2019

Highlight of Our Yucatan Trip

My husband, myself, our adult daughters and their partners took a Muyil Ruins and Float in Sian Ka'an Maya Canals that was absolutely the highlight of our week long trip. Benjamin was our guide. He and our driver arrived punctually at our lodging. It was a short trip from Tulum to the visitor center where we had some delicious refreshments and then headed out to tour the site. Benjamin's knowledge of the site was outstanding. He was able to discuss the Mayan culture both ancient and current, speak about the ruins and explain in depth the flora and fauna of the preserve. We had the good luck of seeing and hearing many animals and birds. After our tour, we were taken in a boat to one of the Mayan canals and had a lovely float in the cleanest water imaginable. Perfect temperature. Our visit ended with a delicious Mayan lunch at the visitor center. Dropped off at our lodgings right on time.
January 2019

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