Float down Ancient Mayan Canals in Sian Ka'an Reserve

Tulum, Mexico

Float down Ancient Mayan Canals in Sian Ka'an Reserve

Just a few minutes from Tulum, spend the day exploring the Sian Ka'an biosphere reserve and float down an ancient canal made by Mayans approximately 1000 years ago. Your expert local guide will take you on a boat trip passing through 4 different ecosystems, including mangroves, lagoons, natural canals and tropical jungles. You'll spot lots of incredible wildlife, including a very good chance of getting up close with manatees! Then you'll enjoy the beautiful refreshing water yourself while floating in a canal that is 900 metres of fresh water within a world of natural magic. Finally, end this beautiful day by delighting your palate with some typical Mayan food in the local community center.

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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
Take in the scenery
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Speaks: English and Spanish



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


Flexible Departure Date
All year

What's Included


Bilingual guide




Boat and Private van

Traveler Reviews


Incredible experience - a must-see if visiting Tulum!

Sian Ka'an is beautiful, and we are so glad we could see the beautiful lagoons, rivers and incredible wildlife. Our tour guide, Manuel, and our boat captain were terrific and very knowledgeable. The highlight was floating down the stream!
July 2022

Excellent Family Adventure!

This was a fabulous adventure! It was everything we expected and MORE! Omar was amazing ... very knowledgeable and helpful. Leo was our boat guide and he expertly navigated us through the canals which were scenic, beautiful and restful. The float portion was absolutely incredible ...crystal clear water and very peaceful. We had the opportunity to also see "sea cows" (manatee) and also crocodile. The transportation provided from our hotel was very nice and the lunch afterward was delicious. It was an amazing day. Highly recommend.
July 2022

Fantastic Experience!

My partner and I did the Float down the Mayan canal and boat tour in February 2022 with Omar as our guide. We had a great time and would recommend this tour to anyone! First, we took the boat through one canal, then got out of the boat and floated down another canal. It felt like floating down an extremely clear and blue lazy river, but all natural. In hindsight, this was our favorite part of the trip because it was peaceful, beautiful, and historical. After that, we got back onto the boat to explore the other lagoons while searching for wildlife. We saw many birds, fish, a crocodile, and several manatees. We really appreciated Omar and the captain circling back several times to make sure we saw the many plants and animals that lived in Sian Ka’an. Omar informed us of what we were doing every step of the way. He was also knowledgeable about the area, flora and fauna, and Mayan history. He seemed to have great rapport with the other captains and guides, and overall made our tour a very pleasant experience. At the end, I ate chicken pibil and my partner ate chicken fajita. Both dishes were fantastic. This tour with Sian Ka'an Community Tours was the best part of our weeklong stay in Tulum. It’s also great that the company is a collective, owned by locals and hires locally. One recommendation is to bring (reef-safe) sunblock as you will be in the sun for several hours.
February 2022

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Sian Ka'an Community Tours

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.
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