How to get to Sian Ka’an is a question for many travelers. It can be difficult to find up-to-date information on the subject as Sian Ka’an is a place off the beaten path. Whether you choose to take one of the many Sian Ka’an tours on the market or go by yourself, we will enlighten you with this article!
How far is Sian Ka’an?
Sian Ka’an is a nature reserve located in the state of Quintana Roo in Mexico. Quintana Roo is the famous tourist state where Tulum, Playa Del Carmen and Cancun are located. The Sian ka’an biosphere covers 10% of the total state’s land area, it’s really huge. Sian Ka’an belongs to the municipalities of Tulum and Felipe Carrillo Puerto.
Sian Ka’an is located after the hotel zone. The road to Sian Ka’an crosses this zone and continues to Punta Allen. The road is very nice up to the entrance to the reserve (the “Eco-Chic” town of Tulum on the way is a very original concept). Then the road condition becomes bad and there is a dirt track for more than 40 kilometers. You will see later that the Deluxe tour we are offering avoids this.
Access to Sian ka’an is controlled by CONANP, the National Commission for Protected Natural Areas. A tax of MXN 90 per person is payable at the entrance to the nature reserve. You will get a bracelet, you need to keep it until you leave the biosphere.
Two areas : Muyil and Punta Allen
Muyil and Punta Allen are the two tourist areas of the Sian Ka’an Biosphere. Visiting both areas in a single day is very difficult due to the different territories of each cooperative in the nature reserve. The number of activities to do on each site makes it impossible to visit Muyil and Punta Allen in one day too. For both areas it is possible to get there on your own or via a tour agency.
How to get to Muyil?
It is very easy to get to Muyil. The archaeological site is the gateway to your visit to the Muyil area and its surrounding lagoons. This archaeological site is located 23 kilometers from the city of Tulum on Highway 307 which connects Tulum to Bacalar. Thanks to the ease of access, the Muyil area and the activities offered require a half-day visit only.You might like to read our detailed article about how to get to Muyil from the main cities of the Riviera Maya, by car or by public bus.
How to get to Punta Allen?
Punta Allen is our favorite area. Punta Allen is the area we are visiting on our DELUXE tour. Wildlife is more important in Punta Allen than in the other area. It’s also more difficult to access this area, indeed it is a longer trip on a dirt track. But on the other hand, it helps to preserve this protected area. Note that with our Deluxe tour you can skip the 2 hour dirt track ride to Punta Allen. Our team will enlighten you on the different ways to get to Punta Allen. Whether you are staying in Playa Del Carmen or in Tulum, whether you want to visit via an agency or on your own for a self-guided tour… take a look at our article!