When you purchased your Club Caribe membership, you probably didn’t realize the incredible biodiversity of the areas that surround Cancun. The Sian Ka’an Biosphere is one of nature’s unrivaled gifts that remains virtually untainted by the hands of man.
There are few words to adequately describe the serene beauty of the Sian Ka’an Biosphere, located in the Mexican State of Quintana Roo. This breathtaking natural preserve, which stretches 120 kilometers from north to south from Tulum along the Caribbean coast of Mexico, is home to some of the most biodiverse habitats in the world. With seemingly endless expanses of golden beaches, coral reefs, mangroves and wetlands, Sian Ka’an is a supernal paradise just waiting to be explored.
The reserve, which covers over 969,000 hectares of land, is the largest protected area in the Mexican Caribbean and was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 for its remarkable biodiversity and intriguing Mayan ruins at Tulum. The biosphere, whose name means “the origin of the sky” in the ancient Mayan tongue, is home to 23 known archeological sites that date back over 2,300 years. Unique artifacts that have been found in the area lead researchers to believe that the lands of the preserve were once used as a trade route between Tulum and Muyil. This route, which maneuvers through beautiful lagoons and mangrove forests, is rich in both flora and fauna.
Thanks to conservation efforts, Sian Ka’an continues to be one of the most ecologically diverse places on the planet. Its natural habitats are home to countless species of birds, mammals and insects, as well as an incredible variety of flora, much of which is unique to the area. In addition, the biosphere includes portions of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, which is the second longest barrier reef in the world. With such an impressive array of exciting attractions, it is hard to believe that the area remains virtually untouched by modern civilization.