Welcome to the Riviera Maya, a natural paradise where beautiful sceneries of the Caribbean Sea, rainforests, mangroves, lagoons, and even underground rivers await you. Here is where you get the best out of the stunning landscapes and wildlife nearby Playa del Carmen.
1 Xel-Ha – For Every Possible Water Activity
If you are a keen swimmer, you will love this water paradise in the Rivera Maya. The eco park’s mandate is that every possible water activity can be found at Xel-Ha. You can snorkel with tropical fish, discover cenotes, balance on a thrilling rope swing, you can even walk underwater or, if you prefer to take it easy, just comfortably float on a big swim ring down the lazy river. From the scenic lighthouse you have an amazing view over the jungle and the Caribbean Sea, and to get back down, you can slide one of the 4 open waterslides!
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2 Rio Secreto – Go Underground
Among the features that make the Yucatan Peninsula unique, are the cenotes. They can’t be found anywhere else in the world! These underground rivers have their own kind of magic and ensure unforgettable memories. Rio Secreto forms part of a huge system of underground rivers in the Riviera Maya, which is why you can only take guided tours. Since the owners ensure to keep the human contamination to a minimum, there are no lights or paths. It’s just you, your headlamp and an awesome underground paradise full of mystical stalactites and stalagmites.
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3 Akumal Monkey Sanctuary – Get up Close With Monkeys
This is a place for animal lovers. The local charity project in the middle of the jungle is dedicated to rescuing animals beyond the Riviera Maya. Imagine a little zoo of rescued animals! While the monkeys are their main attraction, you’ll also get the chance to pet and feed deer, a huge boa constrictor, macaws and you can watch many more animals. But the highlight definitely is cuddling the monkeys – an experience you will never forget! And don’t worry, they organize the tours in a way that each animal gets the attention and affection it needs.
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4 Xplor – Get Your Adrenaline Pumping
Are you looking for an adventure in the wild that gets your adrenaline pumped? Look no further. Xplor not only has the highest ziplines in Latin America. You can also raft through underground rivers and drive on ATVs in and out of caves through the jungle. Flying along the 9 different zip lines is a lot of fun and you get to enjoy stunning views over the jungle and the Caribbean Sea of the Riviera Maya. If you want to turn the fun up a notch, visit the park at night! Explore cenotes and the jungle with the help of the flickering light of torches at Xplpor Fuego.
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5 Xcaret – All of Mexico in One Place
It’s impossible to talk about the Riviera Maya’s nature-themed parks without mentioning Xcaret. Xcaret has it all – animals, nature, and culture. The park is huge and you could easily spend more than one day exploring it. Besides the typical animals of the region, there is a big Aquarium and you get to swim in underground rivers and with dolphins.
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