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Rio Secreto Nature Reserve
Rio Secreto Nature Reserve

Rio Secreto Nature Reserve

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1,062 Reviews
Carretera Federal Libre Chetumal – Puerto Juarez Km 283.5, Ejido Sur, Playa del Carmen

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 early-access visits to the Tulum ruins, mountain biking excursions, or ATV tours.

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Rio Secreto Underground River Tour with Crystal Caves

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Rio Secreto Underground River Tour with Crystal Caves
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$85.87 per adult
Rio Secreto
AMAZING we are great we did this! Imalda was amazing! She treated us like her only family and took care of us! Amazing food! No long waiting!
Keith, Jun 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Playa del Carmen

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Awesome tour
Kyra_G, Jun 2021
Rio Secreto Underground River Tour with Crystal Caves
Gustavo was an amazing guide. He was so funny and knowledgeable. This tour is a must. Don’t wear sunscreen not needed.
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Birthday trip 2021
Stephanie_Francis, Jun 2021
Rio Secreto Underground River Tour with Crystal Caves
The information and the tour guide was great. I didn’t like the fact that we weren’t able to bring our phones and cameras because the pictures at the end were $99!!
star-5
Incredible cave swimming
Marcus_R, May 2021
From Cancun: Rio Secreto Wild Tour with Lunch
Bike ride through the jungle and swimming in the caves was incredible! The tour guide was knowledgeable and friendly!
star-5
Good job Viktor
Roman_K, Jun 2021
Rio Secreto Underground River Tour with Crystal Caves
Best trip from Cancun. We enjoyed the caves. Loved the swimming part. Wish they would allow as swim for a little longer.
star-5
Awesome Experience
Clayton_S, May 2021
Rio Secreto From Cancun
Awesome experience ... Our guide Imelda was great explaining both the scientific and spiritual nature of the place.
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Great Experience
Donna_B, Apr 2021
Rio Secreto From Cancun
Our guide was great and very knowledgeable. We had trouble viewing photos from the link provided after the trip. Definitely worth the money for the adventure.
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Beautiful adventure
Emily_S, May 2021
Rio Secreto Underground River Tour with Crystal Caves
We were picked up at our hotel, stopped once to pick up other guests from another hotel on the way. Checking in was made easy by our driver- took the bus back into the jungle, put on the wetsuit, shoes and helmet and off we went into the underground river system! The water was refreshing and so so clear. The guide, Rudolpho, spoke perfect English and was wonderful. The lunch was a great end to a fantastic adventure. Highly recommend!
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2 Thumbs Up!
DAVID_C, Jan 2021
Rio Secreto and Tulum Tour from Riviera Maya
We had a great time! Diego, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable and passionate about the history of Tulum and Rio Secreto. It was an amazing experience and we learned so much about this beautiful country.
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Unique experinece in Mexico!
Melody_D, Jan 2021
Río Secreto Nature Reserve from Playa del Carmen
Incredible experience! About a two hour hike and swim through the caverns followed by a tasty lunch. Definitely need to be fit to do this excursion with no fear of the dark or small spaces.
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Incredible
Sarah, May 2021
Rio Secreto Underground River Tour with Crystal Caves
Diana was an excellent tour guide had so much patience and was really knowledgeable. We went in the cenote named Happiness and it was stunning. I 100% recommend this tour and will be back to check out other tours in Rio Secreto. If you're on the fence about booking this tour you totally should, you won't regret it. Also, lunch was delicious.
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An amazing experience
downsadie, Apr 2021
From Cancun: Rio Secreto Wild Tour with Lunch
After a bumpy start of us being forgotten for pickup, the tour itself was amazing. Our guide was Ari and he was amazing. He did a fantastic job explaining all of the history and keeping us all on track. Jose was our photographer and he provided us some amazing shots of our family of 6. We got close to 150 pictures so the photo package was absolutely worth it. This experience is an absolute must. You will not regret it. The only thing that would have made it better if I had to give an improvement would be to take some photos in the dry cave as well. There was some amazing formations in there. Thanks for an awesome time.
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Great guide
Amy_H, May 2021
Rio Secreto Underground River Tour with Crystal Caves
Diana was a great guide. Answers our questions and explained everything very well. She even threw in a few jokes!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Rio Secreto Nature Reserve is a must-see 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.

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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. Expect it to take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour to get there by road, depending on your departure point. Many tours include round-trip transportation from Riviera Maya hotels, but you can also arrive by taxi, rental car, or shuttle bus.

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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.

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What to See Near Rio Secreto

Mexico’s 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, while 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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