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Rio Secreto Nature Reserve Tours

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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. 
Address: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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Rio Secreto Skip-the-Line Admission TicketAttraction Tickets

Rio Secreto Skip-the-Line Admission Ticket

Rio Secreto is the longest semi- flooded cave in the Yucatan Peninsula. We have 90 hectares of land of which by our conservation programs, we use only 10% for tourism purposes. For your safety, we only manage small groups.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Amazing Secret River in Playa del CarmenAttraction Tickets

Amazing Secret River in Playa del Carmen

Come and witness the twisting subterranean waterways of the Rio Secreto as you navigate this sunken wonder, awarded Mexico and Central America's Leading Nature Reserve.
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  • 3 to 6 hours
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  • 3 to 6 hours
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Río Secreto Nature Reserve from Playa del CarmenAttraction Tickets

Río Secreto Nature Reserve from Playa del Carmen

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Embark on the ultimate eco-tourism experience: a visit to Río Secreto Nature Reserve, an incredible semi-sunken cave system located just a few miles from Playa del Carmen. Don a wetsuit, helmet and headlamp to explore this underground river's vast wonders, marveling at its impressive rock formations and splashing through the waters of its limestone tunnels as your guide identifies unique vegetation and tiny creatures along the way. Back on solid ground, savor a traditional Maya lunch and relax in the jungle before returning to your hotel.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Rio Secreto Underground River Tour with Crystal CavesAttraction Tickets

Rio Secreto Underground River Tour with Crystal Caves

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Explore the Rio Secreto Nature Reserve outside of Cancun on this full-day excursion, where you swim and wade in one of the most spectacular underground caves in Mexico. See the famous crystal caves on a tour that showcases the spectacular natural wonders of the Yucatán. Choose round-trip transportation from your Cancun hotel, or meet your guide at Rio Secreto directly.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Rio Secreto Plus: Admission Ticket in Playa del CarmenAttraction Tickets

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Rio Secreto Plus: Admission Ticket in Playa del Carmen

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Explore Rio Secreto in Playa del Carmen, including additional access to new features with a Rio Secreto Plus admission ticket. Visit the new 'Dry Route', which includes a visit to the Salón de la Paz for a fantastic sound and light show and a 25-minute guided walk on the interpretive nature trails. Bike through the forest and go rappelling, then continue to Rio Secreto's natural underground rivers and impressive caves filled with unique rock formations. Fuel up with a buffet lunch and refreshing non-alcoholic beverages. Use of all equipment and transport from the welcome center are included.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours
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Playa del Carmen Adventure Tour: ATV Ride, Cenote Swim, and Rio Secreto Nature ReserveCity Packages

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

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Experience more of the Yucatan peninsula’s top attractions in less time on a 2.5-hour ATV adventure from Playa del Carmen. On your own personal ATV, you’ll stray from the beaten track and follow a route through jungles, beaches, and rural settlements. Descend to the subterranean caves of Rio Secreto Nature Reserve, swim in the crystal clear waters of a cenote, and stay refreshed with included water and soft drinks. This family-friendly tour comes with a choice of morning and afternoon departure.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Rio Secreto Plus Admission Ticket with Transportation from Riviera Maya HotelsAttraction Tickets

Rio Secreto Plus Admission Ticket with Transportation from Riviera Maya Hotels

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Hike, bike, and swim at the Río Secreto Nature Reserve. This adventure includes admission to Río Secreto Plus, which includes a light and sound show projected on the impressive geological formations inside the Salón de la Paz (Room of Peace). Snorkeling gear plus light refreshments, a buffet lunch, and round-trip hotel transport are provided from Cancun or the Riviera Maya.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Rio Secreto and Tulum Tour from Riviera MayaDay Trips

Rio Secreto and Tulum Tour from Riviera Maya

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Río Secreto is the new ecological inspiration of our region. It has recently been designated as one of Mexico’s most distinct and alluring nature reserves, and this unique destination is quickly becoming the pride of all Mexicans. Visitors often feel transformed by their journey deep inside Río Secreto. It’s a rare and exotic opportunity to admire the unequaled beauty of our beloved Mexico and Mother Earth
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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Río Secreto Playa del CarmenSnorkeling

Río Secreto Playa del Carmen

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Connect with ancient Mayan history on the Rio Secreto — considered one of the best natural reserves in Mexico and named one of the world's top 10 Mayan activities by National Geographic. Strap on a head lamp and enter a semi-flooded cave system, where you'll walk and swim through sparkling caverns and pools. Celebrate the completion of your underground trek with an authentic Mayan lunch.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Rio Secreto Plus from Cancun HotelsDay Trips

Rio Secreto Plus from Cancun Hotels

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Río Secreto Nature Reserve has evolved by adding on to its great adventure with Río Secreto Plus, a unique experience of connection and adventure with Nature. You will experience a journey into the bowels of the Earth, where you will find impressive geological formations that tell the history of our planet and even get to watch a light and sound show. Your tour includes a buffet lunch, hotel pickup and drop-off, all necessary equipment and a professional guide.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Full-Day Tulum Expedition and Rio Secreto AdventureDay Trips

Full-Day Tulum Expedition and Rio Secreto Adventure

Discover Río Secreto and the archaeological zone of Tulum, a mysterious and enigmatic place with an incredible geological spectacle created over time. Go through trails and channels under the ground and dive into a magical underground world in the center of a beautiful nature reserve.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Rio Secreto Underground River Tour with Hotel Pick UpDay Trips

Rio Secreto Underground River Tour with Hotel Pick Up

Discover Río Secreto, a mysterious and enigmatic place with an incredible geological spectacle created over time. Go through trails and channels under the ground and dive into a magical underground world in the center of a beautiful nature reserve.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Cancun Combo Tour: Tulum Ruins Early Access Tour + Rio Secreto Nature ReserveDay Trips

Cancun Combo Tour: Tulum Ruins Early Access Tour + Rio Secreto Nature Reserve

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Visit an ancient Maya city and an underground cave system on a full-day, combination tour to Tulum and Rio Secreto Nature Reserve that includes all entrance fees, lunch, and hotel pickup and drop-off in Cancun. This tour starts early from Cancun, so you can see Tulum without the crowds, and before the heat of the day.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Rio Secreto Nature Reserve can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 11 Rio Secreto Nature Reserve tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Rio Secreto Nature Reserve 2020?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Rio Secreto Nature Reserve costs USD 79.00. Guided Rio Secreto Nature Reserve tours start around USD 79.00 per person. See all 11 Rio Secreto Nature Reserve tickets and tours on Viator.
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