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Sian Ka´an Sunset Birdwatching 

Sian Ka´an Sunset © Julie Cassard
Great blue heron (courtship) © Miguel Amar Uribe
Sian Ka´an Reserve Boat tour
Roseate Spoonbill
Sunset birdwatching Sian Ka´an © Julie Cassard
Sian Ka´an Bird island © Julie Cassard
Reddish Egret
Boca Paila Bridge
Magnificent Frigatebird (female)
American crocodile © Julie Cassard
Sian Ka´an Canals
Reddish Egret
Boat billed Heron
Osprey Nest
Roseate Spoonbill
Sunset birdwatching © Joel Ortega
Peregrine Falcon © Karen
Osprey Sian Kaan

Sian Ka´an, which in Yucatec Mayan language means “place where the sky begins,” is one of the largest natural protected areas in Mexico (1.6 million acres). Its incredible biodiversity is protected by the UNESCO under the program MAB (Man and the Biosphere). 

The Sian Ka´an biosphere reserve is located on a partially emerged coastal limestone plain, and as a consequence comprises some of the most diverse aquatic habitats of the area.  This characteristic makes of Sian Ka´an a place of great importance for the nourishment, shelter and reproduction of resident, migratory and transient aquatic birds.

In this afternoon tour, we take a boat to visit a wide variety of ecosystems in search of its feathered residents and migratory “population”. We make a brief stop at the Boca Paila bridge, where the brackish waters of a lagoon meet the Caribbean Sea.  Here it is possible to observe birds such as Osprey, Gulls, Terns, Sanderlings, Plovers and more.  We continue searching for birds through creeks in the mangroves as we learn about the history, hydrology and many other interesting aspects of this reserve.  To end a fabulous day of exploration, we stop the boat in front of a mangrove island to enjoy the sunset as hundreds of birds such as Roseate Spoonbill, White Ibis, Reddish Egret, Tricolored, Boat-billed, Great Blue Herons and many more arrive from their feeding grounds to spend the night.

Enjoy a delicious dinner and wine by the sea to end a wonderful evening.


  • Any day on demand in private

  • Tour only available from November to March (migration and breeding season)



  • Professional guidance

  • Air-conditioned transportation

  • Water, fruit and snacks

  • Dinner and wine

  • All entrance fees


Lesser-headed vulture, Neotropic Cormorant, Double-crested Cormorant, Magnificent Frigatebird, Brown Pelican, Laughing Gull, Royal Tern, Sandwich Tern, Black-bellied Plover, Ruddy Turnstone, Sanderling, Tiger Heron, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron, Reddish Egret, Green Heron, Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Boat-billed Heron, Wood Stork, Roseate Spoonbill, White Ibis, Osprey, Common Black Hawk, Peregrine Falcon.

Be witness to the spectacle of sunset in one of the most beautiful places in the Caribean 



Note. - The coastal road is most of the time in very bad shape, if you do not have a high vehicle such as a jeep, we do not recommend using your car.

  • 2:30 pm Pick up in Tulum

  • 3:30 pm Drive to the visitor´s center of Sian Ka´an for briefing on the biosphere

  • 4:00 pm Boat ride exploring the coastal ecosystems looking for wildlife such as crocodiles, manatees and different species of birds

  • Continue your boat journey towards a spot on the lagoon to watch the sunset and hundreds of birds returning to their roosting spot

  • 7:00 pm dinner by the sea

  • 9.00 pm Drop-off time in Tulum



  • For those wanting to explore a good portion of Sian Ka´an by boat with many opportunities to photograph beautiful landscapes and birds.

  • For those that want to discover the Sian Ka´an Biosphere without any strenuous physical activity 

  • You don´t have to be a ´birder´ to enjoy this tour.  

Who is it for?


We recommend that clients bring:


- Comfortable clothes and shoes,

- Sunglasses and hat

- Camera & binoculars

- Eco friendly sunblock and mosquito repellant (preferably use clothes for protection against the sun and mosquitos)

- Some cash*

- Bring a refillable water bottle


*It is customary to tip the guides and staff for their excellent service. 

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