One of Mexico’s biggest draws is undoubtedly its ideal sunny weather. Whether you plan to visit the country’s desert canyons, tropical forests, historic colonial towns, mega cities, or pristine beaches, sunshine and clear skies are surely a part of what you imagine upon arrival. This is definitely the case for those who decide to plan their annual get-a-way to Mexico’s most sought after tropical destination – the Yucatan Peninsula’s Riviera Maya.
Home to dozens of world-renowned vacation spots, including the world famous Playa del Carmen and Cozumel, Mexico’s Riviera Maya is unlike any other tropical destination found around the globe. Sunshine, clear skies, clear Carribean water, and white sand beaches are only a few of the things that entice new and returning visitors to the region each year. Also offering guests thrilling nature excursions and visits to ancient archeological sites, it’s hard to beat the diversity of options offered by this one of a kind destination. One particular site found along its shores is gaining quite the attention of nature lovers and thrill seekers alike – the beautiful Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve.
Forming a part of the impressively large group of 34 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Mexico, the Sian Ka’an Biological Reserve consist of 2,038 square miles (5,280 square kilometers) of pure natural bliss – and yes, it is truly outstanding. Home to over 300 species of birds, 400 species of fish, 100 mammals and 40 amphibians, it’s safe to say the wildlife here is thriving. That is in great part due to gaining protective status as a regional biosphere reserve in 1986 – one year prior to being declared a World UNESCO Heritage Site. As the largest protected area in the Mexican Caribbean, Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve is arguably the most astonishing area of the Yucatan Peninsula – now, that is something to brag about!
The combination of its unparalleled flora and fauna with the region’s nearly perfect year-round climate creates the ideal atmosphere for those looking to get away and enjoy the best that nature has to offer. The best part – mass tourism has yet to reach Sian Ka’an Biosphere reserve, making it one of the few places where you can get an up close and personal experience with the region’s spectacular wildlife.
While there are numerous Sian Ka’an tours worth considering, one activity in particular is one that you must take advantage of during your stay – the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve Adventure. This unique tour departs from the nearby town of Tulum – a charming coastal town (and home to the famous Tulum Mayan ruins) that in recent years has become one of the region’s most popular tourist resorts – and offers participants the opportunity to explore some of the reserves nearly 1.3 million acres (526,091 hectares) of pristine tropical forests, mangroves, savannas, grasslands, and coral reefs – all of which are home to abundant wildlife, including hundreds of bird species, jaguars, manatees, and even wild dolphins!
By having the opportunity to explore the reserve on foot, by boat, and even below its waters on an impeccable snorkel tour, you are sure to catch a glimpse of exotic marine life including crocodiles, turtles, starfish, and dolphins. Equipped with a bilingual staff, roundtrip transportation, bird watching tour, coral reef snorkel tour, snorkel equipment, snacks, a buffet lunch, and refreshments, deciding whether or not to sign up should be a no brainer. Don’t miss out on this truly, once in a lifetime opportunity.
Other popular tours include numerous Mexico birding tours and visits to the ancient Tulum and Muyil ruins – all of which offer their own unique look at the region’s awesome innate beauty and complex (yet fascinating) history. Be sure to experience tours of all types – including historic and cultural tours – in order to truly maximize your Mexico experience.
One important thing to consider is to plan your trip when the weather is at its best. Although the weather conditions are summer-esque nearly all year long, there are specific times throughout the year that provide visitors with truly ideal conditions for their adventure. To experience the best that the local climate has to offer, a trip during the months of late November through late April is the best option. These months offer guests sunny weather and minimal rainfall. On top of that, daytime temperatures are warm and comfortable, with occasional cool nights. While other times during the year are still great times to travel, expect some rain if you plan to visit during the months of May through October – with June, September, and October being the wettest months. However, even during the rainy season storms usually last only an hour or two, after which the sun makes its grand return. You really can’t go wrong!
A visit to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve is not only a guaranteed amazing journey, but one that you are unlikely to experience anywhere else in the world. Pristine Riviera Maya weather conditions, vibrant flora and fauna, crystal clear Carribean waters, thrilling tours, and breath-taking views make this Mexican destination one for the books. Make sure to be a part of its remarkable story, and start planning your trip today. ¡A viajar!