Stretching for more than 80 miles along the crystalline Caribbean coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, the Riviera Maya is a magical place with a seemingly endless list of exciting activities that simply can’t be experienced anywhere else in the world. This includes a variety of exciting eco-adventure parks for kids, designed to bring visitors closer to nature, promote deeper understanding of the region’s unique local culture and offer exciting adventures that will create truly unforgettable memories.
Here’s a brief introduction to six of the top adventure parks in Mexico’s Riviera Maya for you to enjoy on your next vacation in paradise!
Situated close to downtown Playa del Carmen and featuring more than 50 attractions in one location, Xcaret (pronounced ‘eesh-carette’) is one of the largest and most popular adventure parks in the Playa del Carmen region of Mexico. This outdoor nature and eco-park offers a very unique combination of culture, the environment, history and fun activities the whole family can enjoy. Surrounded by lush tropical jungle, crisscrossed by pristine freshwater underground rivers and bordered on one side by the clear turquoise waters and white sand beaches of the Caribbean ocean, Xcaret should definitely be on your bucket list. When you visit, consider adding the Xcaret Culinary Experience on to the price of admission so you can also enjoy access to delicious restaurants, and/or you can upgrade to Xcaret Total and include a Snuba®, Sea Trek®, or Adrenalina experience. Click Here to see how Xcaret is responding to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Pronounced “shell-ha,” this amazing water park is located on a picturesque natural inlet near Tulum that has been relevant to local Maya for millennia and today is still home to a wide variety of native plants and animals. The name Xel-Ha actually means “place where the water is born,” and there are a number of natural freshwater underground rivers that flow into the inlet, which once served as a shelter and harbor for commerce, a pilgrimage site and a refuge for sailors. Today, you can explore this historic area that is filled with natural wonders in a sustainable way, thanks to the efforts of Xel-Ha! There are several water slides that stretch more than 30 meters high and end in a clear natural pool. You can also climb to the top of the iconic Xel-Ha lighthouse to enjoy an extraordinary 360-degree view of the surrounding jungle and ocean.
Also located close to Playa del Carmen, the Riviera Maya’s Xplor Adventure Theme Park allows guests to choose between a variety of adventures. You can take a breathtaking zipline tour and glide effortlessly through the air high above the treetops, then enter more than 800 yards of beautiful underground pathways full of stalactites and stalagmites, before exploring the Mayan jungle in fun amphibious vehicles. Unlimited food and beverages are included, and lockers are available.
You can also opt to spend a half day filled with special moments at Xenses, a unique adventure park that is filled with fantastic scenarios designed to arouse your senses to the fullest. From a nonsensical Mexican town that will test your sense of balance, to an ultra-fast descent on a slide, an exciting zip line tour and the Natural Xpa (shh-pa), which offers a variety of nature-based spa treatments. If you’ve ever wondered what it would feel like to be a giant, or if you enjoy optical illusions, Xenses is the park for you, with more than 50 fantastic scenarios to explore!
Rediscover the festive, fun side of Mexico at Xoximilco, which pays homage to one of the country’s most unique UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Situated not far from the Cancun International Airport, this park pays tribute to the traditions, culture and folklore of the original Xoximilco, including different carnival games, snacks, music and more. Take a ride on a colorful Mexican gondola through the canals and join in the dancing, singing, toasts, games and celebrations taking place! Guests also enjoy a variety of delicious Mexican food and an open bar, guaranteeing a joyful time for all!
If you’re craving pure adventure, look no farther than Xavage, a new thrill park just south of Cancun that offers an all-inclusive admission option featuring unlimited activities, food and drinks! Climb through hanging challenges on the ropes course, or paddle through canals in a kayak before rafting down the only whitewater rapids in the area. A spectacular zip line tour and high-speed Jet Boat ride are also available, so the only real question is do you dare to try it?
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