Yucatan Peninsula is one of the most interesting place in the world for its wildlife. There are several natural reserves controled by the government and which aim is to preserve most of animal and vegetal species. Sian Ka'an is one of them and means in Maya "born from the sky". Located in the municipality of Tulum, Quintana Roo, this biosphere reserve is a Unesco world heritage site since 1987. It stetches out from the coast, between Tulum and Punta Allen, to the federal road, over like 5280 km2. Part of it is on land, part of it in the Caribbean Sea. It includes a lot of biodiversity and migratory species and also some 23 known archeological sites of the Maya civilization like Muyil.
Mexico Kan Tours offer two kinds of trip to explore Sian Ka'an reserve: Sian Ka'an Adventure, a full day trip to discover Caribbean Sea coast and its flora and fauna and also a small village of fishermen. Sian Ka'an Muyil, a half-day tour which captures the essence and the heart of the reserve, his jungle and lagoons.
Punta Laguna is a small Mayan village, part of a 5000 he government protected nature reserve called Ma'ax Yetel Kooh, which means in Mayan "House of the spider monkey and the jaguar". Located where Yucatan meets Quintana Roo, close to the Gulf Coast, it reveals a wealth of exotic plants and animals, as well as partially buried pre-hispanic ruins. Unique subspecies of spider monkey, howler monkeys, pumas, coatis and a large variety of birds inhabit the area.
Discover Punta Laguna with our Mayan Inland Expedition including Coba ruins, cenote rappel and much more!
Cozumel, Kùutsmil in Maya, Island of the Swallows in English, is the Mexico's largest Caribbean island with about 30 miles long and 10 miles wide. It is opposite Playa del Carmen and famous for scuba diving and snorkeling, mainly due to the healthy coral reef marine communities. The vast majority of the population lives in the town of San Miguel and the land area is covered with an impenetrable jungle which has many endemic animal species. It includes cenotes too, but their access is strictly reserved to qualified cave divers.
Isla Mujeres (women in English) is a small island town a short distance off the northeast coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, in the Caribbean Sea, opposite Cancun. It is some 4,9 miles long and 2,5 miles wide. In Pre-Columbian times, it was sacred to the Mayan goddess of childbirth and medicine and Spanish explorers named it "Isla Mujeres" because of the many cult images of goddesses. Close to coral reefs, it is very popular for its snorkeling and scuba diving too. But also for being home to a population of sea turtles.
North of Isla Mujeres, Isla Contoy is only 5,3 miles length and has an area of 1,2 square miles. It is declared a National Park since 1998 and supervised eco-tourism and regulated commercial fishing is allowed on and near the island. Four species of turtle find a safe haven for nesting on the beaches of the island. The reserve is also a sanctuary to approximately 152 tropical marine birds, like frigate birds, pelicans, cormorants, herons, flamingos, egrets.
North coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, Rio Lagartos is a town located at a lagoon, part of the Petenes mangroves ecoregion, which has been designated as an internationally recognized Important Bird Area (IBA). We can see the largest and most spectacular flamingo colony. The mangrove-lined estuary is also home to snowy egrets, red egrets, tiger herons, white ibis, hundreds of other bird species and a small number of the crocodiles that gave the town its name: Alligator River.
Holbox ("black hole" in Maya) is located on the north coast of the Yucatan Peninsula too and is part of the Yum-Balam Biosphere Reserve. This small island, approximately 7,5 miles long and 0,9 miles wide, is separated from the mainland by a shallow lagoon, home to flamingos, pelicans and other rich birdlife. It is a very quiet place without cars: most residents and tourists use golf carts and bikes. It is also a great spot for whale shark viewing and one of the safest beaches for learning how to kiteboard.