Between tacos in Tulum, we had our first opportunity to really explore the beautiful Yucatan peninsula. Just a few miles south of the beachside town lies the Sian Ka’an Nature Reserve.
Floating through a canal carved by the Mayans to facilitate trade between the coast and the inland settlements. Who said learning couldn’t be relaxing?
Designated a world heritage site in 1987, the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve hugs the gorgeous Caribbean coastline on the Yucatan’s east coast. We didn’t have time to fully explore the Reserve, but we were able to do small trip into some of the lagoons and float through a canal carved by the Mayans. I’ll explain below..
But before we got to the Sian Ka’an, we had the opportunity to explore the Muyil archaeological zone, just off highway 307, south of Tulum.
When I told people I was planning a trip to Peru, the next question was inevitably, “Are you going to Machu Picchu?” Or for some: “There’s that famous mountain with all the ruins on it in Peru, right?”
Well OF COURSE I’m going to Machu Picchu! It’s only one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, one of Peru’s (and arguably one of South America’s/the world’s) most well known ancient sites, it’s surrounded by beautiful rain forests and mountains, and it’s covered in ancient ruins! Plus, people still don’t quite know what Machu Picchu was for, which is awesome! I love finding little pockets of mystery that still exist in this hyperconnected world, it keeps your imagination going.