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Rio Secreto Nature Reserve
Rio Secreto Nature Reserve

Rio Secreto Nature Reserve

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
Amazing Crystal Caves
Our guide Martin was great…we learned a lot about the history of the caves. It was a beautiful experience.
jodi_t, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Playa del Carmen

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It’s all about the tour guide!
Gloria_A, Jun 2022
Rio Secreto Plus: Admission Ticket in Playa del Carmen
Driss (tour guide) was funny, knowledgeable and very kind! He took the time to tour in two languages and never left anyone out of the fun! He even got us a ride to our hotel (we paid) but at least we didn’t have to hunt a taxi down! 10/10! The tour itself was exciting! Repelling was scary but rewarding when we got to the bottom. The cavern was really cool and swimming in the depths of the planet…nothing cooler!!
star-5
Worth it!
Tatum_V, May 2022
Rio Secreto Underground River Tour with Crystal Caves
Really incredible adventure, price is worth what’s included, buffet was delicious which most excursions lack in.
star-5
Simply awesome
James_H, May 2022
Rio Secreto Underground River Tour with Crystal Caves
Best customer service and instruction. Transpiration on point. Left the driving and details to them and had more family time. The Mayan ruins and senote exploration was well informed and organized. Great adventure and family fun
star-5
Great tour
Arthur_L, May 2022
Rio Secreto and Tulum Tour from Riviera Maya
Ariel was a lovely guide and very knowledgeable. He really takes care of everyone in the group and keeps everyone informed about all details of the tour. Would recommend
star-5
Amazing! Excellent tour! Not to be missed!
Ashley_C, May 2022
Río Secreto Nature Reserve from Playa del Carmen
Our guide Ariel was AMAZING!!!! Went with 5 other ladies for a Mother's day trip! Just had the best time! Loved the The Rio Secreto and the tour to Tulum! Wish I could give this 10 stars! Excellent tour and service from pick up to drop off!
star-5
Do it!!!
Ferris_H, Apr 2022
Rio Secreto and Tulum Tour from Riviera Maya
Karina was an amazing tour guide. She was extremely knowledgeable with the history of both the Mayan People and the Cavern swim. This was by far the best tour! Thank you!
star-5
Amazing activity
Ritchie_B, Apr 2022
From Cancun: Rio Secreto Wild Tour with Lunch
This was an amazing excursion. It is physically exerting as you will be biking, hiking and swimming. It is a blast and we’ll worth the effort and price. From an an amazing tour guide to good food and transportation, I would definitely recommend this trip.
star-5
Beautiful and peaceful
Lesli_D, Apr 2022
Rio Secreto Skip-the-Line Admission Ticket
Beautiful and peaceful experience. Our tour guide Ari was amazing. It was cool in the cave. Life jackets and water shoes were provided.
star-5
Awesome experience
Steve_W, May 2022
Rio Secreto Underground River Tour with Crystal Caves
The tour was well worth it, our tour guide mitch was awesome and added to the experience he is very passionate about his job and making sure your experience is a good one.
star-4
Was a great tour close to...
Gary_W, Mar 2022
Rio Secreto Skip-the-Line Admission Ticket
Was a great tour close to Playa Del Carmen. Stephanie was a great guide and went really smooth. Not a fan of the buffet lunch. So I would skip that part.
star-5
Amazing
Emelina_M, Mar 2022
Río Secreto Nature Reserve from Playa del Carmen
An amazing experience with a great guide Hector was wonderful he explained everything as we walked and swam through the caves unforgettable
star-5
Beautiful unique experience
Liz, May 2022
Rio Secreto Underground River Tour with Crystal Caves
Loved the tour definitely very unique tour . The cave was beautiful, our guide Guada was very friendly and helpful and very knowledgeable. I would recommend this tour!
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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
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Rio Secreto Nature Reserve?
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Attractions near Rio Secreto Nature Reserve:
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What else should I know about attractions in Playa del Carmen?
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As well as visiting the Rio Secreto Nature Reserve, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: