12 amazing things to see and do in Mayan Yucatan

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floating down the Sian Kaan canal

credit: Vicente Ferreyra (used with permission)

Float down an ancient Mayan canal in the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve

Centuries ago, the Mayans dug canals to connect a series of freshwater lagoons to the sea, enabling them to travel and carry goods efficiently by canoe. These canals haven't changed after all those years, and you can experience their extraordinary beauty firsthand. Float in your lifejacket, letting the current pull you past mangrove swamps and an ancient temple, over crystal-clear water that looks turquoise against the limestone bottom.