A memorable trip to Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, Mexico
While finalising our Mexico trip, Lutfi, who is my travel buddy, discovered Sian Ka’an and decided to squeeze it in our itinerary since we both enjoy exploring anything related to nature and snorkelling and floating down an ancient Mayan canal is the experience that we wanted to do.
Though we learned that is possible to self-arrange our trip to this biosphere area, however, this time we prefer to go on a hassle-free tour and have someone who is knowledgeable and well-experienced to bring us around and explain anything we should know about this biological reserve site. Fortunately, we found Agua Clara Diving Tulum, which is an eco-tour company based in Tulum, Mexico.
Continue reading to learn more about Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve and our eco day trip experience with Agua Clara Diving Tulum.
What is Sian Ka’an?
Being one of the largest protected areas in Mexico, Sian Ka’an is a UNESCO protected heritage site and also declared as a designated Biosphere Reserve since 1986. This massive area has multiple tropical forests, large mangrove forests, untouched wetlands, lagoons, palm savannah, dunes and of course white sandy beaches. Believe me, it has all of them. That’s why this area able to provide a habitat for a rich flora and a fauna which include around 300 species of birds, charismatic mammals such as Jaguar, Puma and Central American Tapir. Not only that, but you can also see a diverse marine life including West Indian Manatee, turtles and a lot of fish species.
You’ll be impressed when you see the bird’s eye view of this reserve area.
Thousands of years ago, Sian Ka’an has been a significant area for the Mayans. In their language, Sian Ka’an literally means “Origin of the Sky”. Its exceptional natural beauty such as the many shades of blue of the lagoons and the Carribean Sea situated under a wide sky is just magnificent. I guess it is not hard to see why they named this property such a way.
Ever since the fall of the Mayan civilizations, there were several things happened in Sian Ka’an area such as frequent flooding, difficult to access and poor soil. Because of those, the area were secured, left alone and able to restore everything in a natural way. Up until now, the reserve is an officially protected area, both nationally and internationally. That’s why it is impossible to access the reserve on our own as we need to go with a licensed or appointed operator to get to the reserve area.
The tourism industry, like unscrupulous travel operators and mass tourism, has been one of the silent threats towards the reserve if it is not managed in the right way. People need to put their effort to preserve the site. As a visitor, one of the things we could do to lower the tourism impact is by choosing the local operator that provides eco-friendly tours with a proven track record.
Experience with Agua Clara Diving Tulum
It was an enriching and eye-opening tour as we learned something new about the Mayan civilisations and understand how important this reserve was to them. We end our Sian Ka’an discovery with a small packed lunch prepared by Jose’s team. Their homemade biscuits were exceptionally delicious!
We spent nearly 30 minutes of swimming and diving into the deep and crystal clear water (I have never seen such clear water like this before) to appreciate its beauty (aquatic plants and school of fishes). There is a platform for you to practice or show your diving skill. No kidding, jumping into the cenote for the first time is a quite nervous thing to do. Thanks to the people who encourage us to jump. Well, it wasn’t bad at all. Swimming in the cenote was indeed a great end of our day trip with Agua Clara Diving Tulum.
We left Tulum with a happy heart and an unforgettable experience. If we have a chance, we certainly don’t mind to visit here again.
So lucky that you've been to Mexico! I wanted to go to Mexico as well but couldn't find a travel partner so I have to put the plan on hold for now.
Pojie!! I really love this article of yours! Cantik sangat gambar-gambar dan aktiviti macam ni memang syok gila kan. How refreshing!
pojiee i LOVE that canal part tu! best giler btw rare giler tempat ni mmg nmpk la untouched lg
I love your life dude!!