There are a myriad of hidden wonders when you decide to vacation in another country. Typically, these are things like the heartfelt connections between a tourist and local residents on a bus, that spectacular restaurant all the locals go to but nobody writes about in guide books, etc. A vacation to Playa del Carmen includes those as well as truly hidden wonders that are tucked away underground – secret cenotes and rivers.
Explore the Hidden and Stunning Underground Waterways at Rio Secreto
Rio Secreto, which was called Pool Tunich by the Mayans and locals prior to becoming a nature preserve, is the longest partially flooded cave in the Yucatan peninsula. That distinction – being partially flooded – is very important. The large majority of the cave systems in this region are completely flooded, which means there is zero access or tourists must be specially trained and certified in cave diving in order to view their majestic interiors. Since Rio Secreto is only partially flooded, visitors are able to hike, swim and snorkel throughout the publicly accessible areas of the cave system.
Another feature that makes Rio Secreto such a gem is the fact that it was only recently opened to the public. Prior to 2007, only ancient Mayans and a very few locals accessed the caves. In 2007, a special group worked to make Rio Secreto a nature preserve, providing protection for its interior stalactites, stalagmites and other spectacular rock and petrified biologic formations. Today, Rio Secreto is open to the public, allowing small groups to literally step back in time.
You and your group can enjoy spelunking, hiking and swimming as well as the profound silence experienced underground. Tours run from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and last roughly 3.5 hours. Space is limited so it’s reserve your tickets ahead of time.
Playa Palms Hotel is located along Playa del Carmen’s beachfront and only a few minutes’ drive from Rio Secreto. Book your beach getaway with us and we’ll be happy to make your Rio Secreto tour accommodations for you.