ENJOY ADVENTURE TOURISM IN CANCUN AND RIVIERA MAYA
ARE YOU READY TO HAVE FUN?
When planning your vacation, do you look for activities that test your physical abilities, allow you to overcome challenges, and make you release adrenaline while enjoying incredible landscapes? If you answered yes to any of these, then adventure tourism is your thing.
Adventure tourism involves physical activity, cultural exchange, interaction, and closeness with nature. This type of tourism can be found in destinations with specific geographical characteristics and landscapes. These will allow you to experience a more active vacation. Among the activities that this type of tourism covers are the exploration of caves, rafting, kayaking, zip-lining. And guess what… All of these can be found in Cancun and Playa del Carmen!
Aside from being two of the most popular cities to visit in Quintana Roo, these destinations have diverse natural characteristics that will allow you to enjoy a wide variety of unforgettable experiences.
In fact, between these two destinations, you can find most of the Xcaret parks. You will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the Mexican culture at Xcaret, enjoy unlimited snorkeling in the natural inlet of Xel-Há, put your sense of logic and perspective to the test at Xenses, experience a trip onboard a trajinera at Xoximilco, and you can also experience adventure tourism at Xavage or Xplor.
When it comes to choosing which park to visit to experience adventure tourism, we usually find ourselves with a dilemma: should I go to Xavage or Xplor? How do I know which park I’ll like best? And since we don’t want you to be left in doubt, this blog post will give you all the information you need to know to decide.
What is Xavage and what is Xplor?
Xavage is an all-inclusive park where you can enjoy six unlimited activities for all kinds of adventurers. Whether you want to explore the heights, get your adrenaline pumping, or live a quieter adventure! Xavage will give you the opportunity to go rafting on our whitewater rapids, fly like a hawk on our zip-line, experience a quiet kayak ride or test your skills on the wheel with our Monster Truck. It doesn’t matter if you don’t consider yourself a huge fan of adrenaline. You’ll be able to enjoy the activities that you like the most, as many times as you want, and at the level that suits you best.
On the other hand, Xplor is the most visited zip-line park in the world. This is also an all-inclusive park. You can enjoy six activities, either in the air, water, or the depths of the Earth, as many times as you want. Aside from the famous zip-lines, you’ll be able to discover what a Hammock Splash is, explore the crystal clear water caverns, and be able to discover the wonders of the jungle with amphibious vehicles.
Where are they located and what are their schedules?
If you’re trying to decide whether to go to Xavage or Xplor, an important factor to consider is location.
Xavage is located in Cancun, on the Chetumal – Puerto Juárez highway, at kilometer 338, in the municipality of Benito Juárez, Quintana Roo. This park is located 25 minutes from the Cancun Hotel Zone, 15 minutes from Puerto Morelos and 35 minutes from Playa del Carmen.
You can visit Xavage from Monday to Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and you can arrive at this destination by car, taxi or include transportation when you purchase your admission.
On the other hand, Xplor is located 6 kilometers south of Playa del Carmen and you can get there in just 15 minutes. If you want to visit it from Cancun, it is located 56 kilometers from the International Airport and from Tulum you can find it 55 kilometers to the north. You can get to Xplor by car, taxi or you can also include transportation when you purchase your admission.
Xplor keeps its doors open from Monday to Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. but if you are looking to experience Xplor Fuego as well, it opens its doors on the same days from 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
What types of admissions are there?
There are two types of admissions or tickets for Xavage. Both include unlimited food and non-alcoholic beverages, the only difference being the activities that each one of them includes.
With this ticket, you can enjoy two unlimited activities. You can kayak through the park’s canals on any of the routes of different lengths, and you can also test your balance in the only Ropes Course in Cancun and Riviera Maya. This one has four levels of difficulty with fun obstacles suspended at different heights.
This ticket includes the Splash Zone, where the little ones in the family can find waterslides, hanging bridges, and a wading pool, while you rest and cool off in a swimming pool.
With this ticket you can enjoy all the activities that the park offers as many times as you want. Besides the basic ones, you can enjoy four additional activities.
These will allow you to practice rafting in the only whitewater rapids in Cancun and Riviera Maya, slide down our zip-line horizontally, drive our Monster Truck through challenging roads, and do 360° turns on our Jet Boat.
Plus, this ticket also includes the Splash Zone!
Both tickets include safety equipment for all activities, the rest area, the use of lockers, the Xnack area, and as previously mentioned, access to the buffet with unlimited non-alcoholic beverages.
Check the prices for both tickets on Xavage’s official website. Remember that at the time of your purchase you can also book our transportation services. The Xavage tour provides round trip transportation from the comfort of your hotel and has departures from Monday to Saturday. The pick-up time will be informed at the time of finalizing the purchase and will depend on the location of your hotel.
Xplor only has one type of admission with which you’ll have unlimited access to all the activities it offers. This will allow you to enjoy 14 zip-lines, including the highest in the Riviera Maya, you will be able to explore the underground stalactite rivers, drive through the jungle, flooded caverns, and suspension bridges on an amphibious vehicle, you will learn about our Hammock Splash, and you’ll discover our most recent activity: Underground Expedition.
This ticket includes the use of lockers for two people, the rest areas, the snack stations, and the buffet meal with unlimited non-alcoholic beverages.
Check the price of your ticket on Xplor’s official website. Just as with Xavage, at the time of your purchase, you will be able to book our transportation services.
Xplor Fuego is the modality of Xplor that offers you the opportunity to live an adventure in which you can explore the heights and depths of Riviera Maya in night mode.
This is also an all-inclusive park and offers only one type of admission. With this ticket, you can enjoy an unlimited circuit of seven zip-lines that includes the highest in Riviera Maya, a 5-kilometer tour through the jungle in our amphibious vehicles, swimming through the underground stalactite rivers, walk through our caverns and enjoy our Hammock Splash.
Xplor Fuego’s admission includes the use of lockers for two people, the rest areas, the snack stations with coffee, atole, champurrado, and water with natural flavorings, as well as the buffet dinner with unlimited non-alcoholic beverages.
Check the price of your ticket on Xplor Fuego’s official website, and remember the possibility of booking our transportation services with the same benefits.
Tips for both parks: Be sure to check the advance purchase discounts. Also, for the day of your visit, remember to bring the printed proof of your purchase and an official ID.
When purchasing your tickets to Xavage you get unlimited access to the two food and beverage areas that the park puts within your reach.
In the Xnack area, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., you’ll be able to enjoy delicious food and drinks that promise to give you all the energy you need to enjoy our park. Here you can find Hawaiian, pepperoni, and cheese pizza, oatmeal cookies, and a mobile cart that puts seasonal fruit, celery, jicama, carrots, cucumber, and a wide variety of toppings at your fingertips.
Likewise, in this area, you can enjoy delicious smoothies and a fun variety of juices.
But that is not all! Your ticket also includes the Xavage buffet, where you will find a wide variety of international foods that suit all palates. The buffet is open from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and it has an area for international salads, Mexican dishes, seafood, a vegan area, pasta, desserts, and much more. When you arrive at the restaurant, don’t forget to pick up your welcome drink that bears the name of this park: Xavage.
Both the Xnack and the Xavage buffet don’t include alcoholic beverages due to the type of adventure activities that take place in the park. If you want to buy alcoholic beverages, these have an extra cost. You must consider that if you consume them, as a safety measure, you will no longer be able to carry out any Xavage activity.
As it is an all-inclusive park, you will have unlimited access to Oasis and Manantial, as well as El Troglodita restaurant.
Oasis and Manantial are the drink stations that Xplor has prepared for you. From 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., you can find original recipes for smoothies and juices made with natural fruit. Try the amazing flavors and freshen up!
There, you will also find fruit, coffee, a wide variety of teas, and delicious oatmeal cookies. Go to these stations as many times as you want throughout your visit and recharge your energy for all the activities that await you in the park.
El Troglodita restaurant, on the other hand, is open from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. You can enjoy a wide variety of food in an unlimited way. Here you will find salads, cold meats, ribs, ceviche, hamburgers, water with natural flavorings, coffee, desserts, and much more.
Just as with Xavage, Xplor offers only non-alcoholic drinks due to the kind of activities that take place in the park.
In this park, you’ll enjoy activities that will make you release adrenaline, others that will make you scream with emotion, and others with which you can relax and enjoy the adventure that nature presents you. Secure your helmet and get ready to enjoy the activities that Xavage has to offer!
Explore the canals of the park on a relaxing kayak ride. This activity lasts approximately 20 minutes, but this could vary depending on the path you decide to take. There are three different ways to go: the short one with 315 meters, the intermediate one with 710 meters, and the long one with 860 meters. The kayaks are designed to fit one or two people, so you get to decide how to live this adventure: alone or accompanied.
If you have a hard time handling the kayak at first, don’t worry. Remember that practice makes perfect and when you least expect it, you’ll be an expert! Relax, enjoy and remember to pay attention on your surrounding, as you will be able to stop to smile at the photo spots.
- Ropes Course
Put your physical skills to the test with this challenge on the heights! You’ll be able to overcome obstacles while hanging in the air. This activity lasts 1 hour and 15 minutes and has four different levels of height and difficulty for all types of adventurers.
The green level is 8 meters above the ground and has more solid or simple obstacles; this level is ideal for those who consider themselves beginner adventurers. The blue level is 14 meters above the ground, you will find obstacles that are a little more challenging than those of the previous level. The red level, which is 25 meters high, has looser obstacles. Finally, in the black level, you will find obstacles up to 36 meters high.
If you think heights can be an imposing aspect, don’t worry. This activity will allow you to lower or raise the level if you consider it necessary. In the same way, you can decide if you shorten your route or if you dare to complete the 240-meter circuit. Remember that we are here to have a good time, so choose the level that suits you best. At the end of your tour don’t forget to collect your prize: a fresh and delicious banana.
Get ready to cross the world’s longest rafting circuit created by man! In this activity, you will be able to practice the descent in calm waters and in class III whitewaters with waterfalls of up to 2 meters.
You will board a raft that has a capacity for up to six people and, accompanied by a certified guide, you will overcome the waters in this fun activity that lasts approximately 45 minutes.
- Jet Boat
Make 360° turns at full speed on our Jet Boat! You’ll be able to go through the canals and change direction with the agility of a dragonfly at a speed of 75 km/h. It lasts approximately 35 minutes, in which our captains will embark on a 5-kilometer tour with twists and turns.
Each boat has a capacity for 10 people, so go ahead and try our Jet Boat with your family or group of friends. For this tour, remember to wear clothes that can get wet, fasten your seatbelt, hold on to the safety bars, and enjoy a journey full of speed and fun.
- Zip-line Flight
Have you ever wanted to feel like you’re flying like a hawk? Well, this is your chance to experience it! In this activity, you can take flight on the longest horizontal zip-line in Cancun.
It has a total duration of 2 minutes in which you’ll be lying in a completely horizontal position while you advance at 29 km/h through a circuit of 400 meters at 20 meters high. This activity is ideal for those adventurers who prefer something calmer, since they will only have to open their arms to let themselves go and feel something very close to flying.
- Monster Truck
Overcome all the obstacles on the off-road route on our Monster Trucks! Take an amazing journey through an obstacle course. Here you will be able to overcome all kinds of elements such as logs, tires, huge steps, loose ramps, steep slopes with mud puddles, and more.
This activity lasts 25 minutes in which you can travel 1.6 kilometers with skill and dexterity. Only those over 18 years of age with a valid driver’s license will be able to drive, so remember to bring it with you for this activity.
The Monster Trucks have a capacity of two people, so you can enjoy this activity alone or accompanied.
Be sure to pay attention to the restrictions that are presented in each activity. The use of your helmet is mandatory and certain activities are not recommended for pregnant women, or for people suffering from acrophobia, epilepsy, asthma, hypertension, diabetes, neck or back problems; as well as for people with recent surgeries or a cardiac history.
- Splash Zone
It’s a special area for the whole family. On one side, you’ll find waterslides, hanging bridges, giant buckets, and a wading pool that guarantee many hours of fun for the little ones in the family (only available for children between 5 and 11 years old).
While on the other side, you’ll be surrounded by lounge chairs, hammocks, and a pool to rest while supervising the little ones.
If what you want is to explore the depths of the Maya jungle and at the same time you want to exploit the explorer spirit that we all carry inside, then Xplor is for you. Transport yourself to a prehistoric atmosphere and discover the mysteries that the interior of our planet holds.
Admire the landscape of Riviera Maya sliding above the trees! You’ll be able to enjoy two circuits with seven zip-lines each and with different heights and distances. The total route is 3.8 kilometers long and the activity lasts approximately 1 hour. Plus, it culminates in a refreshing landing in a cenote!
Aside from including the highest zip-line in Riviera Maya, you will have the opportunity to fly alone or accompanied, so make sure to check that with our guides. Don’t lose sight of our photo points and get ready to capture your flight through the heights.
- Underground Expedition
Discover Xplor’s new activity! Underground Expedition is an adventure that will take you through the most spectacular settings below Earth. Here, you are the one who decides whether to follow a calm and contemplative path or a more adventurous one, full of obstacles and fun passageways.
This activity has it all. You can enjoy the underground rivers, the jungle paths, two water slides, and fun challenges to overcome. Underground Expedition is a 740-meter route that lasts approximately 30 to 45 minutes. Along with this attraction, you will find three emergency exits and several Xelfie points.
It may interest you: 10 reasons to do the Xplor Underground Expedition
- Amphibious vehicles
Tour the Riviera Maya jungle on our amphibious vehicles! In this activity, you will be able to cross flooded caverns, rocky paths, and suspension bridges in special vehicles that can operate both on land and water.
You’ll be able to choose between two circuits of 5 kilometers each. The maximum capacity of the vehicle is two adults and two children, so you can enjoy a fun family trip complying with all established security measures. Amphibious vehicles can only be driven by people over 18 years old, so you must present a valid official ID to prove your age.
- Underground rafts
Travel the underground rivers on a raft and test your coordination while paddling with your hands.
The rafting activity lasts approximately 30 minutes, but this can vary depending on the circuit you decide to take. You can choose between two circuits, one with 570 meters and the ther with 530 meters. Likewise, you can decide whether you prefer to undertake this adventure alone or accompanied.
- Underground rivers
The underground rivers in Cancun and Playa del Carmen are part of the longest underground river system in the world, which allows us to explore amazing stalactite scenarios.
Get ready to enjoy these fresh waters while observing the rock formations, caves, stalactites, and stalagmites which have taken thousands of years to form. The route of this activity is 400 meters and the use of a life jacket is mandatory at all times.
The duration of this activity can vary according to your own pace. Emergency exits have been placed every 100 meters in case you don’t want to continue. So take your time, relax and enjoy the wonders and secrets that await us inside the Earth.
- Hammock Splash
Get to know one of the most fun creations of Xplor park. In this fun activity you can experience the combination of the comfort of a hammock and a zip-line that lands in a cenote.
This activity lasts approximately 5 minutes and allows you to use a single or double hammock. The minimum age for this activity is 6 years old. The maximum weight for an individual hammock is 80 kg and the maximum for double hammocks is 130 kg. Follow the instructions of our guides, launch yourself from this original zip-line, and get ready to enjoy the freshness of Xplor’s cenote.
Soon you will be able to enjoy the only 5-in-1 waterslide in the world at Xplor! Toboganxote combines four different types of descents. The trajectory will begin at 41 meters high with a raft for a maximum of four people. After an entertaining and intrepid journey, it will end in a fun wave pool.
Stay up to date with our announcements and don’t miss the opportunity to live the Toboganxote experience at Xplor.
The use of your helmet is mandatory during all the activities. It’s also recommended that you pay attention to the restrictions that may arise. Some of them include recent surgeries, heart problems, claustrophobia, pregnancies, epilepsy, among other restrictions such as age, height, and weight.
Xplor also has an area dedicated to the little ones! Near the Oasis beverage station, you can find the Children’s Playground where children under 7 years old can enjoy an adventure circuit, swings, tricycles, and a fun area to exploit their creativity drawing.
Photos and Xelfies
The Xavage adventures require you to have your hands completely free, so it’s not allowed to use a camera, cell phone, selfie stick, or accessories that prevent it. Within certain activities, you can use GoPro-type cameras with their adjustments for helmets and life vests.
Xplor does allow the use of cell phones, with their respective protective covers, and GoPro-type cameras with the adjustments that allow you to secure them.
Due to the type of adventure activities you can do in both parks, your gear will likely be exposed to damage or unforeseen events, so we recommend you purchase the Photopass in either of these two parks. With this, you can make sure to capture all the adventures you will experience without risking your camera or cell phone.
By acquiring your Photopass you’ll also be able to take unlimited Xelfies at fun strategic photo points found throughout both parks. Keep the helmet on throughout your visit, so that its use activates the cameras while you are enjoying the activities. Also, make sure to scan your bracelet when posing in our fun-themed scenery.
Xavage has photo spots with a Monster Truck and the fun animal sculptures after which many of our activities are named.
Xplor, on the other hand, has fun scenery that will make you feel part of a prehistory era with incredible rock formations that nature offers.
For both parks, we recommend that you wear a swimsuit and comfortable clothing such as a t-shirt and shorts, since the harness used in some activities could become somewhat uncomfortable. Make sure to pack water shoes for swimming or tennis shoes, as being barefoot or wearing sandals are not permitted for most activities.
Also, bring a towel and an extra change of clothes on your adventure. Don’t worry about carrying your backpack, the lockers will be available to take care of your belongings.
Also, you must know that the use of sunscreen, suntan lotion, and insect repellent is allowed as long as they are biodegradable or chemical-free. If you don’t have this type, you’ll have the opportunity to exchange your usual sunscreen for a dose of a biodegradable product so as not to affect the natural balance of the parks’ ecosystem. At the end of your visit, make sure to go through the same station to get your sunscreen back.
Tip: Constant hydration is super important under the sun of Riviera Maya and Cancun! Pack your favorite water bottle in your backpack, because inside Xavage and Xplor we have drinking fountains where you can constantly refill it.
Last but not least, we recommend that you plan your schedule before your visit so that you can fully enjoy the experience and still have enough time to eat, rest and repeat your favorite activities.
For your visit to Xavage, we recommend you to visit first the activities that do not include water, such as the Ropes Course and the zip-line. This is to avoid the direct impact of the sun while performing them. By doing this in the morning, you make sure to save the most refreshing activities in the park for the most intense hours of the famous Mexican Caribbean sun.
If you decide to visit Xplor, we recommend you start your day with activities such as Hammock Splash, Underground Expedition, or the underground rivers. This is because when arriving at the park, most of the visitors go directly to the zip-lines. So, while these have long waiting lines, you can take advantage to perform those that are basically empty. As the day progresses and the zip-lines are emptied, you will have to wait less time to enjoy the heights of Riviera Maya.
Throughout the park, you’ll find traffic lights that indicate the level of occupancy and waiting for each activity. This will help you enjoy a more fluid adventure in Xplor without large crowds and long lines.
Xavage or Xplor
There is no doubt that both Xavage and Xplor offer us an incredible opportunity to enjoy adventure tourism in Cancun and Riviera Maya. If what interests you most is to experience a day full of adrenaline, fun, and a lot of movement in challenges of air and water, Xavage is the park for you. But if you are more inclined towards a day full of exploration and emotion, then Xplor is a great option for you.
Whether you decide to visit Xavage or Xplor, or even both parks, rest assured that your experience in them will be unforgettable. If you want to learn more about Xavage, visit its official website, or if you want to know more about Xplor, make sure to check out its website.
Have you decided which park you are going to visit? Share your intrepid and fun photos through social media and let us see how you experienced adventure tourism in Xavage or Xplor.
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