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Rio Secreto Nature Reserve Tours

Rio Secreto, or the “Secret River,” is a series of caves carved out by the flow of an ancient underground river in Mexico. While the reserve is most famous for its large half-sunken cavern—a popular diving spot—you can also explore eerie passageways, swim in the river, and admire dripping stalactites, stalagmites, and colorful mineral formations. 

The Basics
Most Rio Secreto tours leave from Playa del Carmen, Cancun, Tulum, and other Riviera Maya destinations. At the nature reserve, you can tour the underground river, visit the famous Crystal Caves, and learn about ancient Maya legends. Combo tours combine a visit to Rio Secreto with other activities, such as an early-access visit to the Tulum ruins, a mountain biking excursion, or an ATV tour. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Rio Secreto Nature Reserve is a must-see attraction for nature lovers. 
  • The reserve is accessible by guided tour only. 
  • Bring water shoes to navigate the reserve’s rocky surfaces.  
  • Tours typically include a wetsuit, life jacket, helmet, towels, and use of lockers. 

How to Get There
The Rio Secreto underground river is located in Playa del Carmen, in the Quintana Roo region of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. By road, it is roughly 20 minutes from downtown Playa del Carmen, 45 minutes from Tulum, and one hour from Cancun. Many tours include round-trip transportation from Riviera Maya hotels, but you can also get there by taxi, rental car, or shuttle bus. 

When to Get There
Rio Secreto is busiest from December through April, when the weather tends to be sunny and warm. There are fewer crowds during hurricane season (May through October), but be sure to check the weather for storms if you plan to participate in outdoor activities.

What to See Near Rio Secreto
Mexico’s Caribbean Quintana Roo region is full of attractions, both natural and man-made. Nearby Playa del Carmen is a popular spot for swimming, sunbathing, and shopping. The Maya ruins at Coba, with a 138-foot-high (42-meter-high) stone pyramid, are also a must-see. The archaeological sites of Tulum and Chichen Itza are also great spots to explore. For an island getaway, visit the shores of Isla Mujeres or Cozumel. 

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Rio Secreto Underground River Tour with Crystal Caves, Cancun, null
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Rio Secreto Underground River Tour with Crystal Caves

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Discover the mysteries of the Yucatan on a visit to Rio Secreto Nature Reserve. Enjoy an exciting afternoon adventure at Rio Secreto, where you’ll wade and ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: Flexible

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Río Secreto Nature Reserve from Playa del Carmen, Playa del Carmen, Water Parks
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Río Secreto Nature Reserve from Playa del Carmen

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Discover the splendor of Río Secreto Nature Reserve: Journey to the heart of a cenote, and in the silence of the underground cave, marvel at the ...  Read more

Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Duration: Flexible

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Rio Secreto Plus: Admission Ticket in Playa del Carmen, Playa del Carmen, Water Parks
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Rio Secreto Plus: Admission Ticket in Playa del Carmen

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Rio Secreto has evolved, both as a brand and as a natural reserve, with the new addition of 'Rio Secreto Plus' - the most spectacular tour in the Mexican ...  Read more

Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

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Combo Tour: Tulum Ruins Early Access Tour Plus Rio Secreto Nature Reserve, Tulum, Attraction Tickets
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Combo Tour: Tulum Ruins Early Access Tour Plus Rio Secreto Nature Reserve

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Book and save with this full-day, small-group combo tour that perfectly blends history, culture and adventure. You'll first be guided through the world's ...  Read more

Location: Tulum, Mexico
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $148.00
Privilege Route Private Adventure Tour at Rio Secreto Nature Reserve, Cancun, Day Trips
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Privilege Route Private Adventure Tour at Rio Secreto Nature Reserve

Enjoy the most complete and exclusive tour in the Mexican Caribbean as you discover the Privilege route at Rio Secreto Nature Reserve. Your tour includes ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
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Cancun Privilege Route at Rio Secreto, Cancun, Eco Tours
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Cancun Privilege Route at Rio Secreto

Very few humans walk on the moon or climb Everest and also very few explore Privilege. This is a route at Rio Secreto in Cancun and you will have an ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: Flexible

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Combo Tour: Tulum Ruins Early Access Tour Plus Rio Secreto Nature Reserve from Playa del Carmen, ... 
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Combo Tour: Tulum Ruins Early Access Tour Plus Rio Secreto Nature Reserve from Playa del Carmen

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Immerse yourself in thrilling history and scenic vistas during this full day tour of the Tulum ruins and Rio Secreto Nature Reserve from Playa del Carmen. Get ...  Read more

Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

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Mayan Jungle Mountain Bike Tour for Beginners with Cenote Swim, Playa del Carmen, Day Trips
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Mayan Jungle Mountain Bike Tour for Beginners with Cenote Swim

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Enjoy the thrill of living an adventure as you go biking in the Mayan jungle. This tour is full of emotions, nature and adrenaline. Recharge your energy and ...  Read more

Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Playa del Carmen Adventure Tour: ATV Ride, Cenote Swim, and Rio Secreto Nature Reserve, Playa del ... 
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Playa del Carmen Adventure Tour: ATV Ride, Cenote Swim, and Rio Secreto Nature Reserve

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Enjoy an incredible 3-in-1 adventure combo tour in which you'll explore the jungle on an ATV, swim in a cenote and visit Rio Secreto Nature Reserve. Admire ...  Read more

Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Rio Secreto Plus Admission Ticket with Transport from Cancun or Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, ... 
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Rio Secreto Plus Admission Ticket with Transport from Cancun or Riviera Maya

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Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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