Visiting Rio Secreto gives you to your team a taste of this magical world.
Rio Secreto is located a few miles south of Playa del Carmen, off Highway 307 along the Riviera Maya. It’s about an hour south of Cancun or 45 minutes north of Tulum.
In 2007 Rio Secreto’s owner decided to allow eco-tours through 10% of the natural reserve, in order to fund conservation for the rest of it.
Visiting Rio Secreto can only be done through the organized tours offered by reserve. The tours will take you hiking and swimming through about a one-kilometre stretch of one of the caves (meaning your visit will represent only a tiny taste of this vast reserve).
The Maya consider these caves scared, a portal to Xibalba (aka “the place of fear”) — the Mayan underworld. There have been several artefacts and human skeletons discovered within the caverns, some dating back nearly 13,000 years.
Rio Secreto is a maze of passageways and dramatic mineral formations. Water drips lightly from the ends of stalactites on the ceiling into the pristine blue pools at our feet. This water has slowly filtered through the porous rock, which is why it’s so clean.
The magic of the Rio Secreto cave system is that there are 15 different entrances.The tours are only done with small groups, and you will never see other groups during your tour, which means that you really get to feel connected to the cave on your own private VIP tour.
Make sure to bring a swimsuit and towel. Rio Secreto provides a wetsuit, water shoes, lifejacket, helmet, and light.
Cameras are not allowed because of the wet & hazardous cave environment. However trained staff can take photos with special equipment, which you can buy at the end of the tour.