Reserva de la Biosfera Sian Kaan is a biosphere reserve two hours south of Cancun in the area of Tulum in the state of Quintana Roo. The site is partly on land and partly on sea with coral reefs and is designated as a UNESCO world heritage site. The reserve is home to twenty three archaeological sites of the Mayan civilization including Muyil.
The reserve is a protected area in the natural wonders of the Mexican Caribbean and is the second largest reserve in Mexico after Calakmul. The area is home to species like the monkeys, herons, iguana, crocodile, jaguars and manatees and consists of narrow channels in mangroves with an area of about half a million hectares.
The area consists of beaches, coral reefs, tropical forests and dunes, cenotes with more than three hundred species of birds, plants and animals. One can climb to the top of a pyramid, float in the waters of a cenote or fish on the coast besides having a wide visual impression in the pristine jungle wilderness.
There is a panoramic viewpoint of the lagoons and Caribbean sea and one can also see sunrise from the beaches. The area attracts the nature lover and bird watcher in this lovely part of Mexico known as ‘where the sky originates.’