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Swimming In A Mayan Canal Deep In Mexico

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A young girl viewing mangroves in Sian Ka'an in a canal from beneath the jungle canopy.  (Ancient Mayan Canals)

Ancient Mayan Canals

Viewing Sian Ka’an, a 1.3 million acre protect UNESCO world heritage biosphere reserve, while swimming ancient Mayan canals surrounded by mangroves is an unbelievable way to visit the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico.

Our guide, Antonio, is a Mayan descendant and is our guide in this trip where we immerse ourselves in the waterways and mangrove jungles at the reserve. His father was a shaman for the Mayan people. Antonio has lived his entire life on the reserve and is a wealth of knowledge about the 23 known archeological sites, 103 known mammal species, and 336 known bird species on the property.

Swimming the canal is interesting; it is between mangrove jungles and grassy savannah. The mangrove roots reach deep into the waters of the canal and feel like slimy snakes when you touch them. Swimming without our guide close by was a bit frightening; I was terrified we would be eaten alive by crocodiles. Antonio assured us this would not happen right before he dumped us in the waters and drove to the end of the canal in his boat.

We were able to touch mangroves and nature up close – it was amazingly beautiful and a mouth dropping experience for a young girl to see up close (as you see in the photo above). Being surrounded by water and hearing the sounds of a Mexican jungle is a breath taking adventure.

Watch the video and see more of the water journey we had in the canals of Sian Ka’an, a world heritage site we were honored to visit up close and personal.

*Video produced by “78 Pesos”, a production team which is a partnership between Shawna Coronado and Mario Salazar (

Special thanks to our sponsors: The Riviera Maya tourism organization –, Grand Palladium White Sands hosted our stay during this adventure week – LINK, And Centro Ecologico Sian Ka’an – To learn more about the Sian Ka’an biosphere reserve please go to this link –

*Note – Because the FTC requires it, I am noting that the Mayan Riviera Tourism group sponsored this complete trip. I was not told what to document or how to document the experience – anything expressed in posts is my own opinion expressed from my own personal experience.

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