Rio Secreto
Rio Secreto
4.5
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
About
Mexico reveals its newly-discovered underground river: Very few places in the world boast conditions that make it possible to witness the extraordinary beauty of an underground river. Rio Secreto is a fantastic journey into a unique system of underground rivers and ancient caverns that reveals both the astonishing interaction of time within the interior of our planet and the miraculous existence of our lives. Come and experience this magical journey with us on your next vacations in Mexico.
Duration: 2-3 hours
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Tours & experiences
Explore different ways to experience this place.
What is Travellers’ Choice?
Tripadvisor gives a Travellers’ Choice award to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travellers and are ranked within the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.
Top ways to experience Rio Secreto
See what travellers are saying
  • Pleromon
    Richmond, Virginia20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience, Memo is the best!!
    We had a wonderful tour of the caves with our guide, Memo. We have been to many caves, but swimming through the cool, clear water underground was a truly unique experience. We cannot say enough positive things about Memo, who was our personable, professional, and knowledgeable guide. He is the sort of tour guide that makes a trip into a lifelong memory!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 July 2023
  • Madison M
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Rio secreto- un regalo especial
    Rio secreto is truly “una regalo especial” and out tour guide, Adrianna, was absolutely incredible. Her passion combined with the unreal beauty of this place made this trip truly unforgettable. My boyfriend and I opted for the “plus” admission which included a bike ride, rappelling into a cave and exploring a dry cave, plus the actual rio secreto tour and it was worth every penny. The facilities are very clean, the food was delicious and authentic and the river itself is something you have to see to believe. I can’t thank the staff enough for making this one of our favorite experiences in Mexico.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 July 2023
  • Nicole S
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Once in a Lifetime Adventure
    I cannot say enough good things about our visit to Rio Secreto! We came in from Carnival Cruise Line in Cozumel and was ferried over to Playa del Carmen. Although I can't remember exactly what the excursion was called, it included transportation, our tour and lunch. The tour was very complete and organized at all times. They provided the wetsuits, gear, the water shoes and even towels when we were done. All we had to do was show up and have fun. They even do all the photo-taking for you! The tour itself was a real life adventure. We explored an underground cave with the most beautiful natural elements that you have to see to believe. It is something you will never regret spending spending the time nor money doing. Our tour guide, Alberto was such an interesting person. He made the history, the science and his love for Rio Secreto come alive. He was very attentive and never rushed us. I felt like I could just listen to him for hours as he explained so much of what we were seeing and experiencing. The cave exploration never felt claustrophobic or scary -- just breathtaking and awe inspiring. I used a guide stick (they provided) for better footing because the cave floor is not perfectly flat and there are many places you could use the extra support. If you have issues with bad knees or a bad back, consider this before signing up for the tour. You are in natural elements in their natural state. The authentic meal and taste of their signature liquor at the end was just icing on the cake. I regret not purchasing the liquor as it was deliciously unique and quite smooth. This was truly an adventure our family will never forget. I look forward to the day where we can come back and visit again.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 August 2023
  • Karen T
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    English-Speaking Tour
    This tour was amazing! It was more adventurous than we realized when my husband and I booked it along with the Tulum Mayan ruins tour. Since we don't speak Spanish, it was extremely important that we had an English-speaking tour guide. Our guide, Tianara, was wonderful! She even gave us pointers on things to avoid, as well as upstanding places for lunch and shopping. This is the tour that I didn't know was on my bucket list, but I'm sooo happy we did it!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 September 2023
  • NetteNorway
    Oslo, Norway183 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    BS guide, beautiful caves
    The caves were beautiful and our photographer Hector was very pleasant and took a lot of great photos. Our guide was grumpy and irritated from the start. He must have quarreled with his boyfriend or something 🥺 He was not very informative at all 👎 Let me just say to everyone that are irritated about not being able to take photos themselves. You would never be able to take these on your own. Hector knew where and how to take them with back lit photography. $ 110 for 70 photos is not a bad price.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 29 September 2023
  • EduardoT
    Mexico City, Mexico126 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing, underground river
    These was a great experience. It is an underground river with a lot of stalactites and stalagmites. Where are you go with you guide and see Wonderful sceneries. . Also, there is a professional photographer taking pictures would you can buy after the swim. Lunch is included. This was my second time and I loved it.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 October 2023
  • Cedric
    Puerto Rico20 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Natural Beauty and Knowledgeable Guide at Rio Secreto
    Our visit to Río Secreto was a lot of fun. Angel, our guide, did an exceptional job teaching us about the cave’s history and natural wonders. We opted for the basic tour, which I have to admit, felt a bit pricey at around $125 per person (we used the Hotel’s agency, Nexus Tours) for a 1.5-hour excursion and a less-than-stellar buffet. One thing to note: Despite what we’d read online, Río Secreto is not a cenote, nor do they market it as such. We initially came here expecting a cenote experience based on various reviews and recommendations from travel websites. So, we were slightly disappointed on that front. However, the underground river adventure turned out to be stunning, cenote or not. One aspect that we truly appreciated is that Río Secreto has preserved the cave in its natural state, without an overload of artificial lighting or other elements that could disrupt the ecosystem. It allowed us to experience the cave’s raw beauty. Overall, while the cost and initial expectations were a bit off, the underground river experience was beautiful, and the commitment to preserving the natural state of the cave was a commendable choice.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 October 2023
  • Cynburd
    McKinney, Texas32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Rio Secreto WILD is amazing
    We had the best time with the Rio Secreto WILD tour! Make no mistake, this tour is extremely physical. Like an all day workout! We had a blast! The bike & underground river swim were amazing. We had the best tour guide too! Mowgli kept us laughing all day! He was the best! The buffet was yummy too. We all left exhausted & full of smiles.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 October 2023
  • HMTY
    Saint Paul, Minnesota93 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience- might want to book your own transfers
    We did the original/shortest tour with 2 adults and 4 kids ranging in age from 8-15. Everyone really enjoyed the tour! Very unique experience! The only negative was that we booked transfers through them and it took an hour and 15 minutes each way even though our hotel was 30 minutes away due to having to pick up/drop off others. We also had to wait for others at the end of the tour before we left- probably 30 minutes then as well. If I had to do it again, I would book our own transfers- especially with kids who just wanted to get there/back.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 October 2023
  • sunshine810
    100 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly recommend.
    My swim in the river exceeded my expectation. I have trouble getting around due to my age and the staff was VERY helpful. Hats off to Miguel, especially. This was an 80th birthday present from my daughter and I couldn't have been happier.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 November 2023
These reviews are the subjective opinion of Tripadvisor members and not of TripAdvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as waiting time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.

Popular mentions

4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles9,555 reviews
Excellent
7,666
Very good
1,373
Average
305
Poor
101
Terrible
110

Rajintha R
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Dara and Sebastian made it a great experience. Very engaging and learned a lot about the geological formations! Would do it again!
Written 5 May 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

wbingham2017
Langport, UK43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The tour was fantastic from start to finish. We got picked up at our hotel in a lovely air conditioned vehicle. Drop off was quick and we got organised into our group very quickly.

Plenty of sizes for wet suits, life jackets, and shoes. Our tour guide was Milo’s.

He did a great job of switching between Spanish and English and keeping the group engaged.

The tour itself was great fun and a must do for your time in Mexico.
Written 5 May 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

arden b
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Had an absolutely wonderful time. Our guide, Tainara, was incredibly knowledgeable and helpful, especially with our children. She answered all their questions and let them have a great time exploring. My 8 year old came out saying he felt like Link from Zelda and my 16 year old was just really interested and curious.
Written 3 May 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Lynne T
Silverthorne, CO65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves the whole day. The Mayan ruins right on the shoreline were quite special. We booked the ruins & river combination. This represented quite a bit of driving. They were kind enough to pick us up from our hotel & tend to all of the logistics, it was a very long day as our driver collected us at 7:20am & we returned at 4pm. But it was all worth it. Our driver Lucio & our guide Omar were great. I appreciate all of their attentiveness. Two very different experiences in one. The lunch was nothing special, but we didn’t come for the food. A lovely day. Thank you Rio Secreto!
Written 1 May 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

carerekgc
Toronto, Canada4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our tour guide was Diana she made this experience of visiting the caves as well going to see the ruins in Coba very enjoyable. Diana was very knowledgeable, about the Coba ruins as well how the caves are formed. She made us feel very comfortable in the caves that we were not afraid or worried about anything happening. Diana thank you if we come back to Mayan Riveria to visit the caves again or do any other tours with your company we will as for you
Written 29 April 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Rachel B
Phoenix, AZ3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This was the highlight of our trip! Such a great experience. The Plus package includes a bike ride to repelling as well as a dry cave tour. The wet cave tour is the greatest part! Amazing! Requires good footing for sure, but guides are helpful and the groups are small. We had Ariel as a guide and he did a great job!
Written 27 April 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Tdash
Nuevo Nayarit, Mexico2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Real deal 60 foot caves. Miguel was a great guide. Extremely knowledgeable, safety conscious, and made the tour so much fun. Small groups. Mind blowing caves. Process of Accessing one’s photos afterwards should be improved. But don’t miss this.
Written 26 April 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

GoPlaces66035025717
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Wow!!! We can not say enough about this tour. Our guide, Aaron, looked and sounded like Jonathan Roumie, from The Chosen. Anyway, Aaron was fantastic and super funny. His English was perfect. His knowledge of the ruins and the cave system we explored later was very educational. Aaron was professional, polite, safety conscious, and very protective of the eco system, as well as his customers.

The Mayan pyramids is a once in a lifetime thing to see. I'm so glad we saw it. Great ocean views. A lot of iguanas. A large gift shop and some food areas.

The cenote and cave system was the second part of the day with our same group and Aaron. We wore body suits, miner helmets with lights, and water shoes. You start out gradually into the cave system with ankle high water that slowly gets deeper, which allows your body to acclimate to the cold water. "Es frio, si?" My nickname soon became "Frio" by Aaron and the group, lol. The caverns are a large and dark and winding system of caves filled with stalactites and stalagmites. We saw small catfish, shrimp, and bats. With the lights off you could not see your hand in front of your face. My only advice on this adventure is make sure you help the person in front of you and behind you and hopefully they will do the same for you - some of the watery steps can be a tad steep. Be a team player!

This double excursion day was very affordable. If you give it a try ask for Aaron to be your guide. You won't be disappointed.
Written 26 April 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

JJHendrix95
Omaha, NE5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
My husband & I booked this tour through Carnival Cruise Lines on our stop in Cozumel. It was exciting to view the cavern and be able to swim too! Our guide, Dara, was excellent! I would highly recommend this tour
Written 25 April 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

JOJO
4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We were part of the cruise excursion on Msc . We were taken from the port by ferry to playa del Carmen. Then short drive to the rio secreto. Marcio our cave
Guide was knowledgeable and always ensuring everyone was safe . Really enjoyed this. But on the way back I was very disappointed hence the 1 star. It was 4pm and we had 1 hour and half to get back on the cruise ship. Our guide on this Oscar said we had no time to look at any souvenir shops!! I understand if this was so! However were line up waiting for the ferry for another 20 minutes! Then sat in the ferry for another 35 minutes!! This is unacceptable and unorganised!! They should have known when the ferry was due to go. They seem to have rushed us to hand over to the cave and rush us back again!!! I was very very disappointed that I had no souvenir to bring home to my kids. Seriously need to look at this schedule guys!! We were back in time for the ship but just wasted 1 hour nearly sitting around waiting!! MSC NEED TO LOOK AT THIS TIMINGS WITH THE COMPANY DOINB YHE EXCURSION
I WATCH THE OTHER PASSENGERS COME BACK ON THE FERRY WITH SOUVENIR BAGS M
ADE ME EVEN MORR UPSET!
Written 24 April 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Showing results 1-10 of 6,017
Is this your Tripadvisor listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim your listing

Rio Secreto - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (2024) - Tripadvisor

All Playa del Carmen HotelsPlaya del Carmen Hotel DealsLast Minute Hotels in Playa del Carmen
All things to do in Playa del Carmen
Day Trips in Playa del CarmenAmusement Parks in Playa del Carmen
RestaurantsFlightsHoliday homesTravel StoriesCruisesCar Hire