Rio Secreto Underground Guided Crystal Cave Tour with Lunch

From $89 USD
Tour code: 96572

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Experience overview

Located in Playa del Carmen, Rio Secreto is an attraction you will never forget. Magical caves dripping in stalactites & stalagmites welcome you to an otherworldly side of the Yucatan Peninsula. A guide helps you navigate the mostly waist-high waters as you wade and swim through Rio Secreto (Secret River), an ancient underground river that winds past limestone and other sparkling stone formations. Expect round-trip transportation from Cancun and Playa del Carmen, and a tasty buffet lunch once you finish your journey, topped off with a tasting of a classic Mayan liqueur known as Xtabentún.

Admission Only $ 89 , Tour $ 109 , Rio Secreto Tour Plus Tulum $ 129

When you are ready to book, at checkout use  promo code: WNCVE15

Duration: 7
Age: 4+
Level: Moderate

    • It’s an experience unlike any others in Cancun. It takes you beyond the nightlife and pool parties for a truly magical adventure. It’s one of the must-do things in Cancun.
    • Ecological preservation matters to us. Our guides work directly with Rio Secreto, which is a Mexican-owned organization dedicated to the protection, preservation, and education of the geological formations you get to see. We respect the land while having fun.
    • There’s time to reflect . We make sure there’s time to appreciate the beauty around you with a meditation, a Mayan blessing ritual, and free time to swing in a hammock.
    • The lunch buffet is fresh (and vegan-friendly). More natural wonders await in the form of traditional Mayan dishes, and a complimentary tasting of Xtabentún (anise and honey liqueur).
    • Safety is important to us. On our tours, we want travelers to relax and have fun knowing that we are following strict Covid, safety, and ecotourism guidelines. If we have to change our itinerary for any reason, we will communicate that to you in advance.


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  Hotel pickup and drop-off

  Professional guide

  Use of all necessary equipment (wet suit, hard hat with lamp, water shoes, life vest)



  Entrance fees

  Regional Buffet

  Non-alcoholic drinks

NOT included

  Gratuities (Optional)


Start your day with hotel pickup
Expect to be picked up right at your hotel door no later than 8am in Cancun or Playa del Carmen for a comfortable ride to the Rio Secreto Nature Preserve.
Join a safety briefing
Upon arriving at Rio Secreto, you will meet with an expert safety crew to go over the day. Your visit includes all necessary, sanitized equipment: a neoprene suit, helmet, bottled water, protective footwear, head lamp, and life jacket. Face masks are also complimentary for those who want to wear them. An expert guide accompanies you the entire time.
Enter Rio Secreto
A spiral staircase leads you down into the water, which is shallow enough for most travelers to wade through. The provided footwear is important to wear as you adjust to the rocks and uneven ground under your feet. Feel the refreshing water lightly splash against you in the famous crystal caves as your guide points out the unique features and geology.
Relax over lunch
Once you emerge from this subterranean world, it’s time to dry off and enjoy free time for lunch. Rio Secreto includes facilities for anyone who wants to shower, just bring your own towel. For lunch, expect a full spread of traditional Mexican food (vegan available), as well as drinks. Once you’re satisfied, go take a moment to yourself in a hammock as the day winds down.
Depart for your Cancun or Playa del Carmen hotel
After lunch, it’s time to depart back to your hotel in Cancun or Playa del Carmen in the comfort of your provided transportation.

  Comfortable clothes and shoes



  Extra money for souveniers or pictures

Health Restrictions

  • Not suitable for persons with serious medical conditions, including participants with heart complaints 
  • Not recommended for pregnant women
  • Passengers must weigh less than 250 pounds (113 kg)
  • Minimum age is 4 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible except for the cenote

COVID-19 Health and Safety Measures

  • Face mask required for travelers where applicable in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available

Full refund for all cancellations that are made 24 hours before the service from the start or departure. • Cancellation the day of the services or after: You will be charged a 100% cancellation fee (no refund). • If travelers miss a tour, transportation, or attraction by failing to be on time and place: No refunds will be given. • In case of force majeure or cancellation due to inclement weather, it may be rescheduled for another time or day according to availability.

How active is a Rio Secreto tour?

The entire stretch of the river you explore is less than a mile, allowing more time to take it slow and enjoy your surroundings. There will be areas where you can get out of the water and walk along a path, getting you another vantage point of these colorful mineral formations.

What is Rio Secreto?

The Rio Secreto, aka “Secret River,” is a nature reserve located in Playa del Carmen, one hour from Cancun. From spelunking (aka caving) through the magical crystal caves to doing a meditation with your guide, our experience is designed for you to have a truly unique day.

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