Kayaking was the next evolutionary step after canoeing, originally utilised by ancient Mayan civilizations and other primitive cultures to travel easily from one place to another, in order to trade products and access resources. The extensive trade networks established by these ancient people largely contributed to their success. However, today these small boats are used as tools for an ever-expanding sport and exciting, exotic journeys upon Mexico’s vast range of waters.
The Yucatan Peninsula is an ideal destination to practice this sport for enthusiasts of all ages and levels of expertise. Its rich cultural history, charming colonial towns, lush subtropical rainforest, unique underground cenotes and rivers, and endless Caribbean coastline all combine to make for a region that is primed for exploration and family fun. Take a look at these two favourite spots for water lovers:
Laguna Bacalar is renowned for its striking blue color and clarity, and like most bodies of water in the Yucatan Peninsula, underground rivers and cenotes feed the lake. This area is especially interesting for bird watching enthusiasts as many different species live in the area. Great views, a diversity of islands and a huge expanse of water make for a great place to spend the day exploring.
The Biosphere Reserve of Sian Ka’an, accessible at the end of the coastal road of Tulum or directly from the Mayan ruins of Muyil, is a haven for wide varieties of fauna, flora and distinct natural ecosystems. This sweeping mix of coastal and wetland territory offers beautiful panoramic vistas, tranquil paddling across its protected channels through mangroves and quiet lagoons, and spectacular early morning and late afternoon photographic opportunities.
Kayaking is easy to learn, safe and above all offers an opportunity for everyone to experience firsthand the incredible natural diversity that Mexico has to offer.