There are a lot of great tours in Tulum. This past weekend I got to take my first tour with Cesiak in the amazing Sian Kaâ€™an Bio reserve. We took the boat canal tour. It was truly amazing. The reserve in itself is so amazing but this rare look at it truly breathtaking.
The tour with Cesiak started at 8:45 with a hotel pick up. We drove down into the reserve and began the journey to the Cesiak center. It was beautiful. There are also cabanas for rental which I think would be amazing. We waited on for about 15 minutes and got a chance to take a look at the Laguna and the sea from the top floor of the building. The view point shows the long stretch of perfect beaches and then vast laguna.
I learned some very interesting things about the variety of birds and wildlife that the Sian Kaâ€™an has and continues to discover. This beautiful and protected area is home to over 340 known species of birds (of which we got to see many of) as well as many species of reptiles (a number of crocodiles were also seen on the tour) and countless plants and trees. After taking in the beautiful landscape and getting a good amount of background about the area and the goals of Cesiak it was off to the boats.
We got on the boat with our guide and boat captain. A few moments wait and we were speeding through the beautiful laguna. The amazing colors of this laguna were stunning. The laguna itself is only 3 meters deep at its deepest. Most of the laguna is less then Â½ a meter deep. After buzzing through the laguna for a bit it was into the river that led to the other laguna at Muyil. This was the actual trading route the ancient Maya took to trade with other cities. In this case it was mostly the cities by the sea trading fish and salt with cities inland for red and white meats and fruits and vegetables. It really is amazing to see the landscape and feel the energy of civilizations past that followed this same route.
The canal part of this tour was amazing because you really got to learn more about the landscape of the area and just how rare a part of the world it is geographically. We past very near by a resting crocodile that was over 2 meters long and we saw countless examples of the amazing birds that call this area home. The canal part of the tour was curvy and so much fun. We did not this trip but next time our kids would have loved this trip.
After entering the next laguna we saw some of the natural wells that are in the water of the laguna and open to the cenotes underneath. It was so beautiful and crazy to see how the various levels of the Earth connect- or are stacked really. On our way back through the canal we stopped off at a ruin and got to explore a little bit. This site was often visited by the Mayan for safe passage from the crocodiles as they passed back with their traded goods. They would stop and prey and offer a contribution to the crocodile god. This worked for the Mayan and there were no reported attacks on the passage way. While a happy crocodile god is obviously the reason we now know that the high priests from Muyil would come to the temple and throw the offerings to the laguna at sunset. The current of the river carried the food downstream to the crocodiles, whom after eating, would not attack the Mayan traders as they traveled the canals at night time.
At this point we got to do what was my favorite part of the tour. We got into the canal with life jackets and just floated down the stream. It was so relaxing and such a rare view of the landscape. You learn on your way up the canal in the boat just how the water changes from brackish (mix salt and fresh) to the fresh water and why the crocodiles do not come this far upstream. After about 20 minutes it is back in the boat and a snack of fresh fruit and water as we make our way back through the river and into the other laguna, passing some of our new crocodile friends. Then it was buzzing down south to Boca Paila. This is well known spot in Tulum and this view from a speeding little boat was so much fun.
Once we explored all over the lagunas and had dried off in the cool breeze, it was off to lunch at Cesiak. The lunch was great. It consisted of grilled chicken breast, rice, salad, tortillas and a great salsa. It was the perfect meal to regain some energy. We got about 10 more minutes to have another look around and then it was off for a quick dip in the cenote by the arch. This is a very nice cenote just at the entrance to the Sian Kaâ€™an bioreserve. After a nice little swim it was off to head back to reality.
This was an amazing tour that really taught me a lot about just how special this part of the world is and why we should all be working hard to protect it. You can learn a lot more about Cesiak from their website.
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