Discover what lies beyond the beach on your next vacation, venture into the jungle and go in search of rare wildlife and ancient Mayan temples, explore the area’s mysterious caves and crystal-clear cenotes or sinkholes or let yourself go on a thrilling zip lining flight through the trees.
Jungle jaunts include trips to the Mayan city of Cobá deep in the forest and you can call in at Punta Laguna, a private community reserve near Cobá that is famous for its colony of spider monkeys. Visit Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve for a glimpse of jungle wildlife at Muyil before boarding a boat for a tour of the lagoons, mangroves and a winding canal through the wetlands that leads to the Caribbean beach of Boca Paila.
Famous for its spectacular caves, Aktun Chen is a nature reserve that is home to spider monkeys, peccaries and toucans, and there’s a cenote for snorkeling and a zip-lining circuit. Rio Secreto offers you the chance to discover the Yucatán’s otherworld, a labyrinth of limestone caves and underground rivers. You can also do your own cenote hopping trip, there’s a chain of them to visit in the Riviera Maya, starting with the Ruta de los Cenotes in Puerto Morelos, continuing on to Puerto Aventuras and ending in Tulum. And of course, more amazing cenotes await in the state of Yucatán. Visit the Zaci Cenote in Valladolid, Dzitnup and Samula just outside the city and Ik-Kil en route to Chichén Itzá.
If you enjoy zip lining and the wind on your face as you fly through the jungle canopy, visit Xplor Park, where you’ll do the longest and highest zip lining circuit in the area. That’s not all, you can also swim and raft in an underground river and drive an ATV along forest trails. Other zip-lining experiences are available at
Hidden Worlds, where you can also snorkel in some spectacular cenotes, and Selvatica near Puerto Morelos.
For a full-on jungle adventure try the Mayan Jungle trip and participate in eight different activities! The day’s schedule includes swimming and snorkeling in Nohoch Nah Chiich and Yaxmuul cenotes, rappel, zip lining, a 4×4 Unimog ride, biking and walking along forest trails and watching a Mayan priest perform a ritual venerating the ancient gods and nature itself.