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Sian Ka’an Biosphere & Punta Allen, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

Updated: Feb 9, 2023

In the Mayan language, Sian Ka’an means “Born from the Sky” and to spend time in this nature reserve truly feels like a gift from heaven!

Hello Everyone and Welcome to my series about Conscious Travel and my recent trip to Tulum, Mexico and the Yucatan Peninsula.

Today, I'd like share with you highlights of our excursion to Sian Ka'an Biosphere and the small fishing village of Punta Allen. My intention is to Inspire, In-power, and In-courage you to explore more of this beautiful planet that we are so blessed to live on!

Back to our experience in Sian Ka'an. It truly is "Born from the Sky" or one could even say -Heaven. On the day we travelled there, there was rain, but this also gifted us with a magical double rainbow!

With it's endless stretches of pristine wetlands that overlap with isolated bays & inlets, coral reef & mangrove forests, this protected area is truly an immersive experience for the senses and one of the most important coastal nesting grounds in the Caribbean.

Home to an enormous amount of biodiversity, Sian Ka'an is a UNESCO World Heritage site, occupying special status inside the 'Man and the Biosphere' project - a UNESCO initiative that seeks to integrate local activities into protected areas through sustainable practices. The local economy, based on fishing & tourism, has survived & prospered with the regulations of the reserve ensuring sustainable practices & the protection of the coast from over development.

We traveled with our tour guide, Nikko, and local fisherman/boat owners that guided us through the lagoons and mangrove forests.

The diversity of life in Sian Ka'an is amazing! Our experience here was one of complete awe and beauty. From the ever changing sky and double rainbow we experienced, to the waters, the land and all the inhabitants we were able to witness, it was a day I will cherish.

Here's a video of a mother dolphin and her baby. She brings the baby into the lagoon to learn to fish!

The tropical forests here are home to mammals such as Jaguar, Puma, Ocelot and Central American Tapir, and I could imagine their stealth movement and beauty in the jungle. We were traveling by boat and did not see any of these beauties on the land, but we did see manatees, dolphins, turtles, crocodiles, fish, and many different species of tropical birds.

After the journey through Sian Kaan, the lagoon feeds out into 😊 Ascension Bay 😊 and the open ocean where we swam in the unbelievable waters and traveled to the town of Punta Allen and enjoyed a local lunch and walk through this small town. In the last picture, look closely for the many iguanas resting on the rocks!

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Many thanks to our Tour Guide Nikko and MexicoKanTours for a spectacular day!

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