Find out about adventure tourism happening in Cancun and Playa del Carmen
Fun and family friendly stuff for your holidays
On your next visits to the Riviera Maya, enjoy adventure activities for your vacation with the whole family. Cancun and the Riviera are known for their beautiful beaches and crystal clear waters. Without embargo, there is also adventure tourism that you can explore when you come.
We know it can be difficult to find family-friendly and fun activities that everyone in your group can enjoy. But if what you’re looking for is to have new experiences and test your skills, it’s also possible to entertain people of all ages.
You’re looking for adrenaline, but you’re coming on holiday to the Riviera with your whole family, here are 10 adventure activities that you can do without excluding anyone.
1. Zip lines
The zip lines or zip-lines are the way in which we can fly and observe the landscape from a rope high up. Even if you are afraid of heights, I can assure you that it is a safe option and there are many heights and shapes for everyone.
There are many places on the Riviera where you can go ziplining, but some stand out for their uniqueness. For example: Xavage, which has a zip line in which you see a bird. A route in which you lie down and enjoy with your arms outstretched.
Other days it’s Xplor, and the others have the Tirol circuit both big and high on the Riviera. The zip line with the highest height is 45 m! Don’t worry, there are also smaller ziplines and there is the Hamacuatizaje, which is a zipline in the water where you go very comfortably sitting in your hammock.
If you ask other Tyroleans in the water, then in the park of Xel-Há there is an option for a circuit in the Tyrol that ends in a fun aquatizaje. Others that are of interest to those living in Tyrol and an open cenote and Xenotes. In these you can be grabbed and let go at any time or sent on a swing to land in the ancient waters of the cenote.
2. Jet boat
One of the adventure activities for your vacation with the whole family is the Jet Boat. It is a very fast boat, which reaches up to 90 km/h and has fun 360° turns. It is an activity for lovers of adrenaline and speed. Just hold on tight and get excited on this safe and fun ride. You can do this activity in Xavage where one of the expert pilots will take you on the most entertaining ride you can imagine.
In addition, do not forget to enjoy it in the Xcaret park, and do not forget to add another activity to the levará to a register of pasta mojaras a cap. You can also find it in Xel-Ha where the pilot will make you scream, laugh and drown in this unique trip to the sea.
Also if you are looking to embark on a journey with a boat, there is the option of a fun Kayak. An activity in which you can row in the waters of canals, dams and cenotes. In Xavage you can find adventure and relaxation in the three tours that you can do alone or as a couple.
In Xplor you can make a kind of kayak in the river of stalactites, a new raft model in which your hands will be. In these you can also go individually or as a couple, but if you go with another person try to coordinate, otherwise, their fun tour could be complicated.
Another place where you can go Kayaking is Laguna Nichupté in Cancun, where you can admire natural landscapes. You can also enjoy this activity in Xenotes where you can kayak in the Mayan oasis between paradisiacal cenotes.
4. All-terrain vehicles
Other adrenaline activities are all-terrain cars: These vehicles that cross the earth and obstacles with their powerful streets. Test your skill and dexterity with these adventure-filled routes.
In Xavage, you can enjoy the Monster Truck in an obstacle course of logs, rims, ramps, hanging inclines and mud chats. Nothing can stop you on this unforgettable path.
Apart from that, there are deviants doing this activity in Xplor with their amphibious vehicles. On this route you will find flooded caves, rocky paths and slippery bridges. All that remains is to fasten your seat belt and enjoy the adventure.
5. I swim in underground rivers
Another adventure you can enjoy on your visit to the Mayan Riviera is swimming in the underground rivers. This is a natural attraction that you have to experience, as the Yucatan Peninsula has the largest network of underground rivers in the world.
In Xplor you can enjoy two underground swimming circuits in the cool waters full of stalactites and stalagmites. You can also have fun in the underground expedition, where your adventure will be through passages and challenging obstacles.
You can also do this activity in the underground rivers of Xcaret, where you can swim between caves, rock formations and marine fossils. Another place in Xel-Há where you can move through the mangroves in the water and enjoy the flora and fauna of the region.
6. String circuit
If you want to live a real adventure in the heights, we recommend the ropes circuit. Here your skills will be put to the test as you cross sections of obstacles suspended in the air. At Xavage you can experience different levels of this adventure, from 8 m to 36 m high. Try this new experience and share in the highest!
7. Snorkel or Diving
If you want to live an underwater adventure and take advantage of the Caribbean Sea of the Riviera Maya, an activity you cannot miss is snorkeling or diving. You can enjoy this additional activity at Xcaret where you can snorkel among various coral colors.
You can also snorkel in Xel-Há, and where you can find more than 90 marine species in its cove. Other additional activities that we can find at Sea Trek, where you will live the fun experience of walking on the seabed.
Other places where you can practice snorkeling or diving are the beautiful beaches of Isla Mujeres. You can also venture to the paradise of Cozumel to do these activities in the Yal-Ku lagoon, where you can swim and have fun in its crystal clear waters.
8. Rapid Rivers (Rafting)
Rafting is a recreational and sporting activity that takes place in the descent of rapid rivers. You can enjoy this unique and fun experience in Xavage’s rapid category three rivers, the only ones in the entire Yucatan Peninsula. It will be an experience full of adrenaline falling from waterfalls of up to two meters and running through rapid currents.
Slides are a fun activity for everyone, as they come in all sizes and shapes. You can find these in Xel-Há, where there is currently a very large 40m high slide. In this lighthouse-mirador you can enjoy the view of the Caribbean Sea and then descend in an adrenaline-filled toboggan ride until you fall into a pool of crystal clear water.
An activity that you cannot miss is parasailing. Here, you can enjoy speed and height for your adventure. In the Xcaret park, you can take advantage of this additional activity in the Parachute. You will fly over the crystalline waters of the Mexican Caribbean and enjoy the scenery of the Riviera from 200 m high.
Another place where you can experience this adventure is at the various beaches of Cancun, such as Playa Tortugas. Here, you will enjoy the view of the blue sea and the beautiful beaches offered by this paradisiacal tourist destination.
Then you know that in the Riviera Maya and Cancun there are new activities for your family adventure vacation. If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush that’s suitable for all ages, get excited and try one of these experiences!
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And you, have you already done any of these adventure activities with your family?