Rio Secreto Nature Reserve

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Rio Secreto Nature Reserve: Our most recommended tours and activities

Cancun/Playa del Carmen: Tickets to Rio Secreto and Lunch

1. Cancun/Playa del Carmen: Tickets to Rio Secreto and Lunch

Immerse yourself in an ancient world of stalactites and stalagmites with a visit to Rio Secret in Playa del Carmen. Roam the labyrinths of dramatic rock formations and tranquil waters in this hidden underground network of rivers and caves. Upon arriving at Rio Secreto, meet your guide and receive a wetsuit, wet shoes, a lamp, and a helmet to get ready for the adventure. Then enter the caves, where you have 1968 feet (600 meters) free to walk, swim, and enjoy the enchanting beauty of your surroundings.  After approximately 1.5 hours, you will be taken back to ground level and treated to a light lunch of delicious local food. Choose the green salsa if your taste buds like it hot. This is a chance for you to relax in the serene jungle habitat and reflect upon your experience in the caves. Next, you may wash and change before heading back to your hotel.

Riviera Maya: Rio Secreto Full-Day Cave Tour

2. Riviera Maya: Rio Secreto Full-Day Cave Tour

Head to an underground world with unique dimensions that has been in silence for years. Arrive at the ticket booth at 8:00 AM to meet your guide and receive instructions for the tour. Sit down for a continental breakfast and pick up the necessary equipment for the expedition, including a helmet with lamp, wetsuit, water shoes, life jacket, snorkel equipment and a lunch bag. Next, bike 1.5 kilometers through a path in the jungle, full of vegetation, and have the possibility of seeing local wildlife on the way to the Mayan underworld. Explore 1.5 kilometers in a dry cave for about 1.5 to 2 hours. Observe incredible formations and roof collapses, walk between light and darkness, until you arrive at the Jungle Camp. After a 2-hour swim in a semi-flooded cave, come back to Jungle Camp in order to change and prepare to go back to Base Camp, where you can relax and enjoy a regional buffet. Finally, return to the reception in order to be transferred to the hotel.

Playa del Carmen: Rio Secreto Underground River Tour

3. Playa del Carmen: Rio Secreto Underground River Tour

At the Rio Secreto Nature Reserve, experience a journey into the bowels of the Earth to find impressive geological formations that tell the history of the planet. Enjoy trails that transport you to Xibalbá (the Mayan underworld). Arrive at the reception and service area in Cancún and sit down for a welcome video to introduce you to the reserve. Head to the nature reserve and get set up with the security measures and equipment you will need.  Rappel, cycle and try the dry route. Upon reaching the Salón de la Paz (Room of Peace), admire a light and sound show in a totally natural setting that will take you back in time to the creation of the universe. Enjoy a regional buffet and choice of drinks to finish off your spectacular tour before you head back.

Full-Day Rio Secreto Small Group Tour

4. Full-Day Rio Secreto Small Group Tour

Be immersed in an ancient world of stalactites and stalagmites. Roam the labyrinths of dramatic rock formations and tranquil waters. The Rio Secreto (Secret River) is a hidden underground network of rivers and caves. An air-conditioned mini-van collects you from your hotel from 7:20 and takes you to Rio Secreto. Here you will meet your expertly trained guide and receive a wetsuit, wet shoes, a lamp and a helmet to get you ready for your adventure. From here, enter the caves, where for 600 meters you will be free to walk, swim and enjoy the enchanting beauty of your surroundings with the supervision of your guide. Furthermore, with a maximum of 10 people per tour, you can be ensured a quiet tour experience free from outside distractions. The tours in Rio Secreto are organized so that no two tours happening at the same time will meet underground. After approximately 1.5 hours you will be taken back to ground level and treated to a light lunch of delicious local food. Choose the green salsa if your taste buds like it hot! This is a chance for you to relax amongst the serene jungle habitat and reflect upon your experience in the caves. After this you may wash and change before being transported back to your hotel.

Quintana Roo: Exclusive Rio Secreto and Tulum Tour

5. Quintana Roo: Exclusive Rio Secreto and Tulum Tour

Your tour will begin as you arrive to the Tulum Ruins, where your guide will provide you with approximately 40 minutes of information about the area, as well as some instructions about the tour. You will then be able to enjoy almost 1 hour of free time, before advancing to Río Secreto. You will then arrive to Río Secreto’s reception and service areas where you will watch a welcome video, before being transported to the reserve. When arriving to the reserve, a guide will provide you with safety measures, as well as all of the necessary equipment. Before entering the Mayan underworld, you will tour around the paths of the nature reserve, where you will receive a Mayan welcome. You will then walk and swim through beautiful natural crystal galleries, throughout a 1-kilometer tour which will take approximately 1.5 hours. Following your subterranean experience, you will return your equipment before making a toast with Xtabentun whilst looking at pictures from the tour. Finally, you will savor a regional buffet accompanied by naturally-flavored water, before returning to the reception for transportation back to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Rio Secreto Nature Reserve

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 168 reviews

WOW!!!! Can not even try to describe the adventure!!! Our guide, Dani's, was so sweet and nice to us old folks!!! Helped me and my husband get around the rough spots! GOD is amazing how HE did that!!! Thank you business for keeping it as natural as you could!!!!!! It is the BEST!!! Our photographer did a great job!! I don't understand why people on internet said too much....it wasn't!!! The head lamps was a new experience for us!! And being in the water, in a cave!!!! WOW!! Our group was very spiritual and we tried very hard not to touch anything!!!

Memorable experience. The dry foot cave tour was interesting, the water part was fabulous. The activity with bike and abseiling is a plus that you can do without. The meal is ok but nothing more. The big disappointment is the photos. A professional photographer follows you during the tour and takes great photos... at $25 a photo! Incomprehensible.

If you do one thing in the area this should be it!!! It's not for the faint of heart!! Please respect your guide and ALL of the rules!!! Your definitely need all of the gear they ask you to ware. This may have been the coolest thing I have ever done!!!

This was such an amazing tour our tour guide Anita was so good to us. I really recommend this to first time visitors. Just so they can understand the culture and the history.

Alfredo was awesome! Super friendly and was able to answer all my questions! Highly recommend!