A visit to Tulum and its surrounding natural environment is not complete without exploring the spectacular Sian Kaan Biosphere Reserve. This world famous reserve is one of the most well preserved areas on the planet and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sian Ka’an is essentially a mix of coastal and landscape conservation, which encompasses many lagoons, mangroves, dense forests and some of the best beaches in Tulum. Here kayaking trips, bird watching, jungle tours and endlessly beautiful beaches are considered favorites by all who visit the region.
The ruins around Tulum are some of the most popular Mayan archaeological sites along the Riviera Maya. Sitting on a patch of rocky coastline just south of Tulum’s downtown, the ruins showcase several temples and castles from the once-thriving Mayan civilization and the Caribbean Sea provides a perfect backdrop for perfect photography opportunities.
Gran Cenote, another must-do for the explorers-at-heart, is a small underground cavern, ideal for swimming, snorkeling and diving amidst breathtaking geological features, including hundreds of beautiful stalagmites and stalactites. This kind of luxurious wildlife is plentiful throughout Tulum, and the city provides many excellent outdoor activities that have become mandatory options amongst the many Tulum tours on offer.
The city may be an emerging global destination but its simplest pleasures remain timeless.