Private Self Driving Tour
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🙋 Note for solo travellers : Feel free to contact us, we may have an available spot on dates that are already shown as fully booked on the calendar.

🙋 Nota para los viajeros solitarios : No dudes en contactarnos, es posible que nos quede un espacio disponible en fechas que ya se muestran llenas en el calendario.

Sian Ka’an Tour – PRIVATE Self Driving

(5 Reviews)

Embark on a breathtaking adventure in the stunning natural reserve of Sian Ka’an and witness an array of incredible wildlife in their natural habitat. From observing playful dolphins and majestic crocodiles to encountering turtles and a variety of birds, the experience will be truly unforgettable. Explore the vibrant coral reef and marvel at the diverse array of colorful fish while snorkeling.

Our expert guide will accompany you throughout the day, as you embark on a private tour of the biosphere. With the comfort of your own vehicle, you will pick the guide up in either Playa Del Carmen or Tulum and embark on a scenic 1.5-hour drive to the boat boarding point.

Sail through the heart of the Sian Ka’an biosphere for 3 hours, as you discover its picturesque fauna and flora. The snorkeling activity (if weather permit) and free time in the natural pool will leave you in awe. End your adventure with a delicious lunch at a restaurant in the charming village of Punta Allen. This will be the perfect day you won’t forget.

  • Our local certified guide will accompany you from Playa Del Carmen or Tulum in your own car! 🇪🇸 🇬🇧 🇫🇷
  • Enjoy breathtaking wildlife: Dolphins, Turtles, Crocodiles, Birds, Stingrays...
  • Great option if you have your own car
  • Boat tour in collaboration with local cooperatives
  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours before the tour

Photos of our Sian Ka'an Self Driving Tour

About our Sian Ka'an Self Driving Tour

  • Full Day
  • Private
  • Available everyday
  • Guide to pickup in Tulum or Playa Del Carmen (depending where you are staying)
  • Min age 3+
  • With your own car

Booking & Payment

The payment of a 30% deposit is required to book. The rest is to be paid on the day of the tour to the guide by cash (USD, MXN, Euros).

Departure place & Time

The guide can be picked up in the morning at the Super Aki supermarket (7:30am) or at the Starbucks coffee shop (6:40am) in Playa Del Carmen (Centro Maya). These are the only two possible meeting points with the guide. Drop off for the guide is at the same place.

Price Includes

  • Personal guide: English, French & Spanish 🇪🇸 🇬🇧 🇫🇷
  • Boat ride through the biosphere (private boat)
  • Wildlife observation (Crocodiles, dolphins, turtles, birds...)
  • Snorkeling on the reef (depending on sea conditions)
  • Snorkeling gear
  • Natural pools
  • Lunch in a restaurant
  • Walk through Punta Allen
  • Federal Tax

Price Excludes

  • Tips
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Ground transportation
  • Fuel
  • Car rental
  • Car insurance

What to bring ?

  • Sunscreen is forbidden (Bring long sleeve clothes)
  • Swimsuit & Towel
  • Water & snacks
  • Hat/cap & sunglasses
  • Sandals or flip flops

Conditions to book the self-driving tour

  • Check with the car rental company if they authorize the entrance into the Sian Ka'an biosphere as some do not authorize it.
  • Fill up with gas in Tulum before entering the biosphere.
  • The Sian Ka'an reserve is a remote area. You will park on the side of the road to take the boat at Paso Lagartos.
  • It takes approximately 1.5 hours to drive from the entrance of the biosphere. The road is an unpaved track with a lot of potholes.
  • Provide a seat with a safety belt for the guide in your car.
  • The guide can be picked up in the morning and dropped off at Super Aki supermarket if you are staying in Tulum, or at the Starbucks coffee shop in Playa Del Carmen (Centro Maya) if you are staying in Playa Del Carmen. These are the only two possible meeting points with the guide.
  • The guide doesn't drive your car, he sits as a passenger.
  • Pixan Ka'an is not responsible for any incident that may occur to your car.

Sian Ka'an Map

You will board the boat at Paso Lagartos, after a ≈1h30 drive from the biosphere entrance.

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FAQ about the Sian Ka'an Self Driving Tour

Is it a private tour ?

Yes, it is a private tour with a private guide and a private boat. There will be no other passengers on the boat.

How can I book ?

Puede reservar directamente esta excursión en el sitio web seleccionando la fecha que desee en el calendario. Durante el proceso de reserva en el sitio web, se le pedirá que proporcione su información de contacto y especifique el lugar de recogida del guía.

Is a 4x4 necessary for the trip ?

The road leading to the boat embarkation point is in poor condition, and we recommend a 4×4 vehicle. However, most of our visitors do this excursion with a standard vehicle and everything goes well. Please note that Pixan Ka’an cannot be held responsible for any incidents that may occur to your vehicle.

How can I pay ?

The payment of a 30% deposit is required to book your Sian Ka’an Self-Driving tour. The rest is to be paid on the day of the tour to the guide by cash (USD, MXN, Euros).

Where can I pick the guide up ?

The guide can be picked up in the morning at the Super Aki supermarket (7:30am) or at the Starbucks coffee shop (6:40am) in Playa Del Carmen (Centro Maya). Estos son los dos únicos puntos de encuentro posibles con el guía. Drop off for the guide is at the same place.

What is cancellation policy?

You can cancel up to 48 hours (2 days) before the private tour, the deposit will then be refunded.

You can change the date of your tour free of charge, up to 48h before the tour, subject to availability.

I'm vegetarian or vegan, do you have an option for me ?

For sure! We offer both options. Please let us know before the tour.

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Nat L.

Family Traveller

I recently took a tour of the Sian Ka’an biosphere with guide Adrian and it was an experience of a lifetime. The tour was well-organized and Adrian was a fantastic guide who knew the area inside and out. He was able to show us a variety of wildlife including dolphins, turtles, birds, and crocodiles. The snorkeling experience was also amazing and I was able to see a lot of colorful fishes. The local restaurant where we had our lunch was also very delicious and I would recommend it to anyone visiting the area. I would definitely take this tour again.

14 January 2023

Karen U.

Couple Traveller

We had a superb tour, the organization by Pixan Ka’an was perfect (serious, reactive and flexible) and our guide Daniel was great (friendly, knowledgeable, clear and interesting). We learned and saw many beautiful things! Lunch in Punta Allen village was really good. We recommend it 1000%. The road is challenging and not very comfortable, we did it with a small Chevrolet Cavalier car. Jonathan knows the way perfectly, he reassured us from start to finish.

9 January 2023

Samuel J.

Couple Traveller

We had an amazing tour of Sian Kaan reserve with Adrian from Pixan Ka’an. The agency was extremely responsive and our trip was organized on short notice. The reserve was beautiful and Adrian was an exceptional guide. The meal at Punta Allen was the cherry on top!

2 January 2023

Adam P.

Family Traveller

We had the opportunity to take a self-driving tour of the Sian Ka’an biosphere with guide Adrian, and it was an incredible experience. Adrian made us feel safe and relaxed throughout the tour, and his knowledge of the area and its wildlife was impressive. We were fortunate enough to see dolphins, turtles, birds, and even crocodiles

6 December 2022

Luis V.

Family Traveller

Our day at Sian Kaan was fantastic thanks to Pixan Ka’an and our guide Jonathan. He taught us so much about the different animals that live in the reserve and we had the opportunity to see many of them during our different stops. The experience was top-notch, especially because of Jonathan’s kindness and interesting anecdotes.

25 November 2022