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Rio Secreto Nature Reserve
Rio Secreto Nature Reserve

Rio Secreto Nature Reserve

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1,117 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
Rio Secreto Underground River Tour with Crystal Caves
star-4.5
$85.87 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Best Cave Adventure Ever!
The service was very good. The tour guide was very professional and very knowledgeable. He was very friendly and actually fun to be around. We love swimming in the underground river. I didn’t know the caves could be so fun. We have been in many many cases throughout the United States this was the best
Mark_T, Jul 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Playa del Carmen

star-4
Amazing!!
Ismael_Munoz, Jul 2021
Full-Day Tulum Expedition and Rio Secreto Adventure
This was such an amazing experience and I highly recommend it to everyone. The only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars was because the transportation was kind of messy. Either than that, it was great!
star-5
Family memories
Greg_P, Jul 2021
Rio Secreto Underground River Tour with Crystal Caves
The trip was amazing… tour guide was very helpful and I give him 5Stars!!! Sr. Roo was my guide and made the trip more 🤩 fun
star-5
AMAZING!
Eric_T, Jul 2021
Rio Secreto Underground River Tour with Crystal Caves
Unforgettable! Benito was our guide. Explained everything, including the science of the formations and he was even part of the discovery of the caves. Got picked up at the ferry dock because we stayed in Cozumel. Some of the reviews show people had trouble with this - I have to think it was them! Just make sure you call them to get things set up and then check your email daily.. My wife also has food allergies that they accommodated. Seamless and fun!
star-5
Awesome tour! Prepare for delays
alondra, Jul 2021
Rio Secreto From Cancun
The cave was beautiful! A little rocky in some places but made it much More fun! Definitely recommend putting on the wetsuit!! Pictures were crazy expensive $99. Also recommend just booking 1 tour for the day. There were some people in our group who had booked other tours later in the day. Viator says you’ll be back around 3 pm at your hotel. We got back around 6. There was lots of traffic back to Cancun.
star-5
Relaxing, incredible experience!
Chloe_N, Jun 2021
Rio Secreto From Cancun
Very relaxing and unique experience in the cave. You get to see beautiful rock formations and float along crystal clear waters. Highly recommended. The only thing where i was unsatisfied was the cost of the photos. It is $100 USD for the photos package and $25 USD for one photo.
star-4
Must go underground river
KangCC, Jul 2021
Rio Secreto Underground River Tour with Crystal Caves
The trip is good. The underground river experience is great with wonderful guild! The only down side is the food. The food can be much better for sure.
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
Really fun
Tino_A, Jul 2021
Rio Secreto Underground River Tour with Crystal Caves
Truly an amazing experience. Our guide was really funny and informative. Also, they had their own type of drink which was great and they had amazing food.
star-5
Beautiful experience
Raquel_M, Jun 2021
Rio Secreto Underground River Tour with Crystal Caves
The Tour guide was so nice, knowledgeable, & I felt safe the entire time. I would love to go back again.
star-5
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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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.

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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Rio Secreto Nature Reserve