The 130-kilometre stretch known as the Riviera Maya features the tranquility of uncrowded beaches, a vast network of underground rivers, more than 100 cenotes, the action of eco-adventure sports including kayaking, mountain biking, scuba diving, snorkeling, trekking, bird watching and deep sea fishing, proximity to many of Mexico’s most significant Mayan archeological sites, varied activities at eco-archeological parks, plus golf courses, spas, shopping, gourmet dining and a range of accommodations to suit every lifestyle and budget.
In Xel-Ha park visitors can take a snorkeling tour or try one of many other activities, such as crossing the Floating Bridge, which moves in all four directions and requires balance, flexibility, coordination, strength and resistance. Xel-Ha is known for its natural aquarium, where the ocean meets freshwater underground rivers and where visitors can explore countless cenotes that form diving paths leading to the Caribbean Sea.
Xcaret eco-park is a perfect option for family adventures, offering an unforgettable experience of swimming with the dolphins. Before the opening of the park, the site’s main attractions were its rivers: one completely underground, the Rio Maya, which is partially in the open, and Rio Paraíso. Clients can also go on the Sea Trek, a breathtaking underground walk where visitors are surrounded by the underground world.
Hidden Worlds, is a nature park that invites guests to discover the hidden places of the Mayan world. The park also offers snorkeling tours in the caves, zip lining, and adventures like SkyCycle, which uses a cable bicycle suspended at treetop level that can be pedaled at a leisurely pace through the air over the rainforest, while taking in the overwhelming beauty of the jungle. SkyCycle then leads down into and through caverns filled with natural rock formations and cenotes, and ends with a snorkeling tour through a natural underground river system.
Punta Venado offers its famous ATV Tour, a four-wheel drive expedition across the jungle to a magnificent cave. The expedition then continues to a beautiful cenote, perfect for taking pictures and swimming. The park also offers snorkeling – at the beach or in cenotes – and horseback riding.
Alltournative is an adventure tour company known for sustainable tourism and highly-trained guides. One of its most popular tours is The Mayan Encounter, which starts with a visit to some of the self-sufficient Mayan villages. After that, an unforgettable off-track adventure tour begins: zip-lining over a beautiful cenote, a refreshing swim, rappelling down into another cenote, canoeing on a serene lagoon and a delicious traditional lunch prepared by the women of the Mayan community. Alltournative also offers an opportunity to explore the Secret River, one of the most scenic caves and underground rivers in the Mayan jungle.
For more intense adventures, Maroma Paradise offers the ultimate adrenaline rush with its Paradise Indiana Joe ATV tour, which includes a high-speed drive through tropical scenery, over sand dunes and into the Caribbean jungle before venturing on a speed boat across the crystal-clear sea.