Sian Ka'an - A doable daytrip* from Tulum?
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Jun 20, 2013 5:22 PM Last Post By: slat1040
Jun 13, 2013 3:22 PM
Sian Ka'an - A doable daytrip* from Tulum?*Could even stay over night if need be.
1. Is this as amazing as Google Images makes it appear?
2. Won't have a car, so can we get there by bus? Or is there a better way to do it ? Taxi?
3. Also would like to hear other daytrip recommendations if you get em... And oh, non-ruin recommendations.
Thanks a mil!
Jun 13, 2013 6:40 PM
1I'm not sure you can do much there without joining a tour; almost everything is on water. Hence you'll have to arrange boat travel with Cesiak, the organization that runs tours of the reserve. There are other companies that will include travel to and from the reserve, though I think once in the reserve you join up with Cesiak anyway. Sian Ka'an is not far from the hotels on Tulum beach so it was easily done in a day. However, you do have the option of staying the night in Cesiak's cabins. I visited the reserve once and I found the boat tour very underwhelming, at least for the price. Most of the trip was on open water and then we floated down a river. I went in April, which was too late for the trips specialized on birding. The food was good, though!
Jun 14, 2013 4:38 AM
Jun 14, 2013 5:45 AM
3You could drive from Tulum down to Punta Allen in the reserve. Or, there are a number of tours (kayaking, hiking, birding) into Sian Ka'an from Tulum. For example http://cesiak.org/
Jun 14, 2013 9:50 AM
Jun 14, 2013 1:18 PM
Jun 14, 2013 2:01 PM
6Punta Laguna would be a nice option for a non-ruin activity. Not sure how accessible it'd be without a car though...sorry. Nice lake and monkey preserve. First time there we took canoes across the lake in the afternoon and walked through the jungle and saw tons of monkeys. If you're a birder, there are also lots there. It's not too far from the turn off to Coba coming from Tulum. Valladolid would also be a good option for a day trip (or overnight) if you're interested in seeing the colonial city near which the families of many who work on the coast live.
Jun 15, 2013 6:56 AM
7One thing I forgot to mention is that if you go in that area you must be careful of the poison tree. It grows all over in that area and you have to roll up the car windows on the road so the leafy branches dont touch you. It is far worse than poison ivy. There is also a tree that helps cure the rash if you get it but it does not grow in the area you seek to visit as the earth has too much salt in it. Have some one show you this tree so you can avoid it at all costs.
Jun 16, 2013 6:33 AM
Jun 16, 2013 7:36 AM
9Absolutely a doable day trip from Tulum. If you're staying in Tulum, the best way to do the Sian Ka'an is to rent a car. Many of the tours consist of a parade of Jeeps (10 -20 per tour, many tour companies) that tear up the road and go way too fast. If you enjoy eating dirt, that would be a great option.
The condition of the road to Punta Allen depends on the last time it was graded and weather conditions. If it has been rainy, the Jeep tours will have beaten the heck out of it and you can be sure it will be a slow ride navigating the pot holes that turn into mini lakes. We stay in the Sian Ka'an and have done the trip to Punta Allen many times, mostly in a Jetta type vehicle, with no problems. However, last time we were down to Punta Allen, we turned around and left... there were several Jeep tours in town, and the vibe of this sleepy, beautiful little town was ruined. Great for the local economy, I guess, but the antithesis of my idea of how a UNESCO World Heritage site should be managed.
Valladolid is a fun day trip... one of the first Spanish missionary cities in the Yucatan. Beautiful church in the town square. Lots of good spots for lunch.
Jun 20, 2013 5:22 PM
10Just to sum up some points;
From Tulum it is an easy trip, but does require a car or transport arranged with a tour group. A taxi might work, but a rental would be better, no frequent collectivos there
If you have a car, then you can arrange a tour directly with Cesiak or go down to Punta Allen and arrange a tour there. Besides that, there is not too much to see along the road, the highlight would be stopping and finding a beach access, which can give you miles of sandy beach all to yourself.
With no car, there are tons of tour operators in Tulum that will set you up.
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