Biosphere-Reserves

Sian Kann (Where the Sky Begins) Biosphere Reserve:

The Mexican government set aside 5000 sq km of tropical jungle, mangroves, savanna marshland, lagoons and islands on Quintanna Roo’s coast as a protected Biosphere Reserve in 1987. This has been classified as a UN World Heritage site to protect the natural environment and is home to howler monkeys, anteaters, crocodiles, jaguars and many species of birds.

The visitor can hike through beautiful jungle from the archaeological site of Muyil which will bring you out to the Laguna Muyil. Boat tours can be arranged here which will take you on a trip through Laguna Chunyaxche via an ancient Maya trade channel. One passes over azure blue waters, through mangroves and stops at a small but interesting Maya ruin. A float down this channel affords the visitor a tranquil and peaceful experience in the cool refreshing waters.

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Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve

This wildlife sanctuary west of Merida, in Yucatan State, is home to large flamingo colonies along with a myriad of other water birds such as Frigate birds, pelicans, cormorants, herons and egrets. Tours can be arranged from a pier beside the bridge on the way into Celestun village. The tour will pass by a ‘petrified forest’ as your Captain goes in search of flamingo flocks. You will also cruise through the mangroves on the way to a fresh water swimming hole. It is a very enjoyable tour.

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