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Xplor Adventure Park Will Take Your Breath Away For A Whole Day!

Features & Advice | Tom Bastek | May 05, 2015

Xplor Adventure Park Will Take Your Breath Away For A Whole Day!

Photos courtesy of Xplor

Everyone who comes to the Mexican east coast enjoys the beach and pool time, the fantastic food and culture as well as the wonderful Mexican hospitality. Sometimes, you want to get out and away from the resorts to have a change of scenery or to embrace your wild side.

Xplor Adventure Park is just what the doctor ordered.  Located just five minutes from Playa del Carmen and 45 minutes from Cancun, Xplor is a great way for you to get away from your resort for a day and experience thrills and chills, all the while absorbing the amazing Mexican environmental beauty and wildlife.


Xplor is not just your typical, run-of-the-mill, zipline park; they are much more. We arrived around eleven and there were already lines for the activities. If you want to beat those lines, get there for the opening bell.

We walked into El Corazon (The Heart) of the 17-acre underground caverns where we were given our helmets for the day. Everyone needs to have one and wear it during all of the activities. Activities can be taken in whatever order you would like, and there are locations throughout the park to rest, relax and just soak in the beautiful environment.

We started out with the zips and they were high, fast and awesome. It took us about an hour and a half to work our way through the first zipline course with the highlight being the 131-foot high tower that we flew off of at about 35 mph. The safety level of the staff was noticeably high and greatly appreciated.

A word to the wise here: There was only one water stop on this course. You can bring or buy a water bottle with a carabineer on it and clip it to your harness and I highly recommend you do. Between the heat, the climbing stairs, ramps and ladders to the next zip and the wind in your face, you get dried out pretty quick.

We moved onto the underwater rafting ride which definitely slowed the pace down. These aren’t white water rafts; think more like kayaks with hand paddles and a leisurely pace to explore the beauty of the caves.

Between the climbing to zip and the upper body workout of paddling the rafts, we had worked up an appetite. Taking a page out of the resorts and knowing that guests want to worry less and do more, Xplor is all-inclusive. Dressing rooms, lockers, snacks and soda fountains, and a full buffet restaurant are yours to enjoy for the entire day. 

The buffet was extensive, clean, and fresh and there were plenty of healthy and local items on the menu. We could smell the burgers as we zipped over the restaurant earlier, so there was no chance we weren’t getting in line for those.

Now feeling fully recharged from lunch, we headed out to the amphibious vehicle ride. Think suped-up, gas powered golf carts with big knobby tires and roll cages. You get to drive these through the jungle, over and through rivers and into caverns, too. We definitely had at least three Indiana Jones moments while we were riding through the course.

The last activity was the underwater swim and even though we didn’t partake, there were plenty of people that did.  Cargo-netted ziplines, water slides and an underwater swim make this one of the most popular activities in the park.

The park also offers a nighttime excursion called Xplor Fuego. For five hours at night, you get the same experience of Xplor but with the elements of night and fire. Fire torches and red illumination brings a whole different vibe to a park visit. Imagine zipping from 131 feet above the jungle with a full moon beaming down, lighting the way.

If You Go

The park is all-inclusive and you can buy your tickets at the door. I would recommend getting them online ahead of time to claim a 10 percent discount as well as guarantee a spot, as they cap the number of people per day. If you book more than 21 days out, you can take 15 percent off the walk up price. 

Your admission includes all safety equipment, harnesses, life jackets and vehicles. Photos, a gift shop, and transportation to the park are all separate charges and can be arranged and booked online ahead of your visit. They use the number on each helmet to track you through the park and take copious pictures of you throughout all the activities. These are then provided (for a price) on a thumb drive afterwards. 

Kids from 5-11 receive half price admission, but make sure you read through the website or inquire ahead of time as to what limitations there might be on children for the activities. You will really need the whole day to properly explore the park and get your money’s worth. We only got to do about a half of what was there and walked away feeling like it was worth every single penny.

The four activities that you have at your disposal are two courses made up of 14 total ziplines (the highest in Riviera Maya), 400 meters of underground cave swimming, 1,100 meters of underground rafting, and 10 kilometers of amphibious vehicles driving through the jungle, over and through rivers and into caverns, too.

Almost every resort in the area offers round trip transportation to the resort for a nominal fee.  For example, from the Iberostar Riviera Maya resorts, the fee is around $45 USD for a party of four round trip. The park is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday and for their Xplor Fuego open 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

If you are staying anywhere near the Cancun/Playa del Carmen area, put this place on your list. Adventure, beauty and fun all wrapped up in one great place. 

Plus, I guarantee you will sleep really well that night

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