• Location: Cancun, Mexico
  • Duration: Flexible
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Explore the Rio Secreto Nature Reserve outside of Cancun on this full-day excursion, where you'll 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.

Highlights

  • Rio Secreto Nature Reserve
  • Swim through an underground river and enjoy the tranquility inside an ancient cave
  • See gorgeous crystal-like cave formations above the turquoise water
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from most Cancun and Playa Mujeres hotels (if option selected)

What You Can Expect

Rio Secreto Underground River Tour with Crystal Caves

Visit Rio Secreto Naure Reserve

Choose pickup at your Cancun hotel or meet directly at Rio Secreto Nature Preserve.

Arrive at Rio Secreto and listen as your guide reviews safety considerations and hands out equipment, including a hard hat with a lamp, a wetsuit, a life vest and water shoes.

Follow your guide into the underground cave to view the breathtaking crystal formations on both the ceiling and and the floor. Walk along a path through the caves and wade or swim through the river itself. Enjoy the sound of your group's movement through the subterranean cavern echoing off the walls. View the vibrant colors and dramatic mineral forms that lie hidden deep below the surface of the earth.

Exit the cave and opt for a shower at the Rio Secreto's facility. Swing in a hammock and relax in the Nature Preserve before boarding your bus for the return trip. End your Rio Secreto adventure with drop-off at your hotel in Cancun or at the Plaza Kukulkan.

Customer Reviews

mcflute11

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

This tour was super COOL! Swimming in the cave was such a fun experience and the buffet lunch was delicious, very authentic food! We purchased the pictures and they were worth it, they looked great. Really enjoyed this tour and would highly recommend!

John S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Had an excellent time. This was our second visit. The first in 2013. Since then, much improvement in the Experience. Our guide Daniel Yul was very informative and helpful for our group of 8 adults. It is an amazing experience swimming in and underwater cave. The pictures taken by the staff photographers were stunning.

Sara C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

AMAZING tour! Our tour guide, Juan, was amazing, funny, and so knowledgeable! Highly recommend.

DAVOUD A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Perfect

kathria United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Overall: This tour was amazing. I highly recommend it. Solo, group, kids - great for all ages.

I got picked up from Cancun so the ride down was about an hour or so. I completely forgot the name of the bus driver and chaperone, but they were great. The chaperone was funny, he kept the bus alive with his little jokes at 7:00 AM. Once you get to Rio Secreto, you are divided into language groups English and Spanish/Portuguese - I believe I heard some French, too. From there you take a van to meet up with your tour guide to get prepped. The ride is about 10 mins and it's a bumpy, dirt road so if you get motion sickness take some non-drowsy dramamine or chew on some ginger. Once you arrive to meet up with your tour guide, you will be taken to the lockers and shower. They require you to shower before heading into the river. Also, no earrings, watches, etc. in the river. After that you'll be given water shoes, helmet with light, wetsuit, life vest, and a hiking stick if you want one. I highly recommend the hiking stick. There's a 5-10 mins hike down to the river - the path is uneven, slippery, and there are some poisonous plants and trees on the way to the river so you don't want to trip and land on something that can harm you. Right before you head down the river you will be blessed by a Mayan shaman. You can opt out of that if you want. After the blessing it's time to head down to the river. Words cannot even describe the feeling you get just looking at this place in person. If you think the photos are beautiful just wait til you see it with your own eyes.

Unfortunately, there are no cameras of any kind allowed, but they do have a photographer following you taking photos for purchase at the end of the tour. Price per photo is 25USD or purchase the entire package for 99USD. I purchased the package because our photographer was great, and I wanted memories of this magnificent place. The photographer was really happy I liked his photos after I told him I was going to purchase the package. We only get to see 10 of a really long and deep underground river that's still being explored and mapped out til this day. The revenue from this tour helps conserve and protect the rest of the river/nature reserve which is roughly 1.5 million years old - let that sink in no pun intended. The buffet they provided after the tour was decent. It's food, and I was hungry so I ate it. Don't expect to be given Michelin star food or authentic Mexican cuisine here.

My tour guide was Lu. She was awesome. She provided information about the river, history, and made sure we didn't slip or fall by lending out her hand every time we came across a difficult path. I went on this tour solo and was grouped with some older folks - which I love. My group was lively and entertaining. We all looked out for each other along the way. In the end, I'd do this tour again as they continue to discover more of this underground river.

Stefa F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

This was our second visit to Rio Secreto. Wonderful experience with an awesome guide. Well worth the money.

Robert T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

This was an amazing tour and well worth the time away from the all-inclusive resort. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and passionate about preserving a natural treasure.

revelez79

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This tour was very special. Going into this wonderful cave with an excellent guide like Carlos was an amazing experience!. He managed with a lot of skill and safety two groups in different languages. Very recommended tour and guide.

Jomah L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

This is a must see in Mexico!

Lauren S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Awesome trip! Both the driver and the tour guide were excellent! I would highly recommend this.

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