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Tulum's epic location along Mexico's Caribbean coastline makes it a premier vacation destination for people from all around the world, but Tulum offers something you won't find at Mexico's other hot spots. Tulum is home to the Biosphere Reserve of Sian Kaan, which is known for its amazing and varied self-sustaining ecosystems and spectacular natural beauty. Those lodging with us here at Exceptional Stays will discover our luxury vacation rentals that sit just steps away from the Sian Kaan lagoons, and we can arrange an amazing canal tour for your party that transports you through this pristine ecosystem via a fresh water canal that offers guests a relaxing float through a peaceful sanctuary filled with birds, wildlife, plant life and clear waters. These are just a few of the tours that our dedicated concierge team can reserve for your group during your Tulum stay.

The Ancient Mayan Route

You'll journey back in time on this 6-hour canal tour that includes all of the Sian Kaan's most scenic locations found along this ancient waterway. Tour participants, up to six individuals allowed, will have the opportunity to thoroughly explore the Sian Kaan along with its natural beauty and cultural heritage with the help of a knowledgeable bilingual tour guide. Many of the day's activities may be enjoyed from the comfort of a shaded boat with cushioned seating.

Tour Activities

  • Exploration of Mayan ruins
  • Floating on the canal
  • Snorkeling at the world's second largest reef in the world, the Mesoamerican Reef (quality snorkeling equipment provided)
  • See the lagoon's sink holes
  • Observe the area's animals and plant life (huge numbers of colorful birds, manatees and crocodiles)

This tour includes plenty of purified water, tea and juices as well as a traditional Mayan or local lunch, fresh fruits and snacks and all entry fees. Alcoholic drinks are not included but are available, and any gratuity that you feel is deserved may be offered at the end of your day's activities. Tour participants are encouraged to dress in lightweight long pants and long-sleeved shirts and bring along towels, biodegradable insect repellent, swimsuits, swim shoes, sunglasses, sun hats, binoculars and a camera.

Sian Kaan Reef Snorkel and Mayan Canal

This tour option gives you more time to devote to snorkeling in the warm waters of the Mesoamerican Reef where you may encounter more than 500 species of fish, marine turtles and dolphins. This is followed by a time of rest on a pristine beach, a boat trip in the canal along the mangrove channel and into the Boca Paila lagoon, a visit to the Xhlapak Mayan ruin and a float in the Mayan canal. No more than six people per tour are allowed, and this tour option includes the same amenities as the above tour.

Sian Kaan Nature Encounter

This is a wonderful 6-hour canal tour suitable for up to six people with an emphasis on fully enjoying nature, and participants may expect to see crocodiles sunning on the shore, manatees surfacing for a breath of fresh air, migratory birds, exotic butterflies, tropical birds, beautiful native orchids and all manner of flora and fauna. Your boat tour will take you along the mangrove canals and into two separate lagoons, and this tour option includes the same amenities as the first tour listed in this article.

Start Planning Your Tulum Vacation Today

Here at Exceptional Stays, we offer eco-friendly luxury vacation rentals that not only boast the Sian Kaan right in the backyard but also offer such services and amenities as a full staff, a private hot tub, a rooftop swimming pool and a theater room. Our dedicated concierge team is standing by to arrange your group's canal tours as well as every aspect of your trip so that you can be assured of missing not a single thing during your stay in Tulum.