Float down Ancient Mayan Canals in Sian Ka'an Reserve

Tulum, Mexico

Float down Ancient Mayan Canals in Sian Ka'an Reserve

Are you looking for an unforgettable adventure in Tulum? Look no further than the Sian Ka'an biosphere reserve! Just a short distance from Tulum, this reserve offers the chance to explore ancient Mayan canals and float down the refreshing waters.

Your expert local guide will take you on a boat trip through the reserve, passing through four different ecosystems including mangroves, lagoons, natural canals, and tropical jungles. Along the way, you'll have the opportunity to spot a wide variety of incredible wildlife, including manatees! After your boat ride, you'll have the chance to float down a 900-meter-long canal, surrounded by the beauty of the natural world.

To end your day on a high note, you'll enjoy a delicious meal of traditional Mayan food at the local community center. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to experience the beauty of the Sian Ka'an biosphere reserve. Book your adventure today!

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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
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Speaks: English and Spanish


  • Float in a 1,000 year old Mayan canals
  • Spot manatees and other wildlife during a boat tour of the Sian Ka'an reserve
  • Get some culture in with a visit to the Community Museum.
  • Eat a delicious traditional Mayan meal
  • Pick up and drop off at your hotel in Tulum and surrounding area



Tours every day, 7am to 2:30pm.


Flexible Departure Date
All year


What's Included


Bilingual guide




Boat and Private van

Traveler Reviews


Book it!

If you're debating whether to do this tour or not, take this as a sign to go ahead and book it. We had a an amazing time with Community Tours Sian Ka'an and our tour guide, Memo. We were picked up promptly at our hotel and we learned so much about the Sian Ka'an reserve. Floating around the canal was a beautiful and carefree experience that I would recommend to all. We also had a delicious meal at the community center. Come prepared with a rashguard/surf shirt and a hat since you can't wear sunscreen. You won't regret this experience!
July 2023

One of the Highlights of Our Trip

This was absolutely one of our highlights of our time in the Tulum area. To be able to appreciate the indigenous population of the area and understand more about there history is so special aside from the fact that it is beautiful and a whole lot of fun. There is so much to know about their history and culture, and we really appreciated having Omar as our guide, and his enthusiasm to share more about the canals and the area. The canal float was amazing, and beautiful, the reserve is full of so many beautiful animals. We got lucky and were able to see a couple of manatees up close. The boat ride in itself was a fun adventure. To top it all off with a delicious dinner, I can't say enough about how much we loved this tour.
February 2023

Great Day in the Sian Ka an Reserve

All around great experience. We had a group of ten with ages ranging from 19 to 80 and everyone had a good time. Our guide was well informed and definately took care of us. The meals were authentic and tasty as well!
December 2022

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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

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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.
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