Si’an Kaan Biosphere- A relaxing adventure on the shores of RivieraMaya.

By Posted in - North America & Photo Journal & Travel Blog on October 21st, 2011


If you’re headed to the Riviera Maya in Mexico for a relaxing vacation, floating down the quiet, peaceful waters in the Si’an Kaan Biosphere is a perfect excursion to add to your itinerary.

Si’an Kaan literally means Born In Heaven and as you roll up the serene coast you’ll see why. Everything is peaceful, quiet & relaxing. It’s kind of like a really great yoga class minus the sweat and awkward positions. Instead of trying to get the perfect spot in class to lie down your yoga mat, you and your friends or family can take off on a boat ride through a Mayan ecological biosphere. You can feel the wind in your hair and the droplets of water as they splash around you.

After a few minutes boating through the open water in the reserve the guide will navigate the boat through a small opening in the tall reeds. Try to transport yourself back in time several hundred years  – you’ve just arrived to the waterways of the Mayans.

As the boat winds through the small, connected lagoon system you’ll learn about the history of Si’an Kaan and why it was so important to the Mayans.

The waterways of Si’an Kaan were created by the Mayans for use in transporting goods. As a result there are several old Mayan buildings within the reserve. You’ll be able to walk around and in what used to be the Mayan Customs House. I didn’t walk in too far because there are a lot of bats residing there now but in any case it was incredible to see an actual Mayan building that once played an important role in the history of Si’an Kaan reserve.

After exploring the Customs House you’ll be able to enjoy the most relaxing part of the tour which is the float down stream. You get to jump into what has to be some of the prettiest blue water in the world and while using your life jacket as a diaper (yes, literally putting your legs through the arms) you’ll bob through the reserve. Relaxed yet?

While bobbing away you can take the time to look for one of the 300 hundred species of birds in the reserve, chit chat with your friends, lie back and look at the sky or you can reflect on the fact that you are floating down an actual Mayan waterway. You can daydream about the canoes and people that floated down this lagoon hundreds of years before you.

Don’t worry – you don’t need to swim. The slow, peaceful pace of the current guides you along the biosphere and gives you plenty of time to notice the unique beauty in this area – enough to grant it a spot on the Unesco World Heritage list.

After your relaxing float you’ll get to head down a wooden walkway checking out the biosphere from land and on your return to shore you’ll be able to partake in another really unique activity – a walk through the jungle! This easy going walk will bring you to a tower perched over the trees which you are welcome to climb to get an overall view of this special place from above.

All in all, everyone had a great time on this tour, including me. I know I’ve said it before, but it was really relaxing. We took our tour with Si’an Kaan Tours and the tour was provided to us by the tourism board of Riviera Maya. The guides were friendly and knowledgeable and increased our understanding of why this area is so important culturally and ecologically to the Mayan people today. I highly recommend this tour if you are in the Riviera Maya and want an educational yet easy going activity.

In the photo’s below there are an array of characters – all of the hysterical bloggers I got to take this trip with: Roni Weiss, Nomadic Matt, Ryan Van Duzer, Ryan Whaley our lovely PR host, Itzel Mejia from the Riviera Maya tourism board and our Mayan tour guides. Carol Cain from New York City Mama was also on this journey but her and I were sitting next to each other and so I don’t have a picture of her! But I have many photos of her from other Riviera Maya adventures that will be coming out soon.

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  • Bridgette -

    October 21, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Beautiful photos, as usual. Definitely makes me want to hop on a plane and head out to the Si’an Kaan Biosphere!

  • Ruth -

    October 22, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    I am going to visit the Riviera Maya really soon. I was still considering a day trip to the Sian Ka’an Reserve. I think you convinced me. I will look at the Sian Ka’an Tours offerings. Thanks for sharing the photos.

    • Bethany -

      October 23, 2011 at 3:59 pm

      Glad to help Ruth! I wish I had photos of the actual float but I had to leave my camera ashore because of the water. It was really relaxing though – very peaceful! I have photos coming up soon of Tulum which is another great spot! @Ruth,

  • Holly -

    October 23, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    This place really looks like Heaven, I wish I could be there now, enjoying the calmness and beauty of nature!

  • Grandeur of the Seas -

    October 25, 2011 at 3:16 am

    Amazing pictures! Looks fabulous!

  • Laura -

    October 25, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    Sounds like a fantastic tour! I missed Si’an Kaan on my last visit to the Yucatán, but I hope to make it back there soon. Great photos by the way! 🙂

  • Luisa Vacation -

    October 26, 2011 at 5:21 am

    Really stunning session! You seem to have had an exciting tour!

  • Calogero -

    October 26, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Nice photos :-).

  • Bethany -

    October 27, 2011 at 5:02 am

    @Calogero, Thanks Calogero!

  • jamie – cloud people adventures -

    October 27, 2011 at 9:18 am

    great pics, as per usual. we missed here as well! yet another reason to go back to the yucatan, as if we needed any more!

  • Sarah Wu -

    November 13, 2011 at 12:45 am

    Such beautiful photos. Makes me wish I’m in Riviera Maya now.

  • Andrea -

    November 16, 2011 at 9:59 am

    What a fun day out!