The wonderful nature reserve of Rio Secreto is home to a cave filled with stalactites and stalagmites, hidden for centuries. As the story goes, a local farmer found the entrance while chasing an iguana, discovering a dazzling series of chambers, with rock formations dating back 2.5 million years.
Come with us on a magical journey through the crystal museum that is Río Secreto, where the history of our planet is written on the myriad geological formations, and where floating in its clear fresh water your life will change forever.
Tour the amazing Riviera Maya including Rio Secreto
Río Secreto could very well be one of the great world wonders. Experience this stunning underground river with thousands of dramatic stalactites and stalagmites. It’s like stepping back in time to witness something mysterious and truly spectacular.
We will walk, swim and rapel through the cavern. At times, it is so dark you feel like you’re totally blind.
Often lauded as one of the best kept secrets on the Yucatan Peninsula, Río Secreto (or Secret River) is an underground river and collection of caves. The bright turquoise water contrasts with the caramel- and mocha-colored rock formations within the caves, which include stalactites and stalagmites. Visitors can swim in the river, climb through the caves and enjoy the natural beauty of the area.
Recent travelers said this adventure was the highlight of their trip to Playa del Carmen, noting that the tour was fascinating and that they learned a lot about the Mayans and the land’s natural history. Many also said this is a great rainy day activity since most of the exploration occurs underground. One gripe among reviewers: Visitors are not allowed to bring their cameras. Though a staff photographer is following you around and you have the option to purchase photos at the end of the tour, travelers said the photos are overpriced. If you don’t have a wetsuit or water shoes, you can rent them through the company that runs the attraction.
Río Secreto is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.
Finally, we’ll enjoy a cocktail in the breath-taking Salon de la Paz cave.
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