The Only 100% Natural Park in Cancun: Selvatica

The Caribbean is full of wonderful destinations and extremely fun parks/activities. There is a wide variety of sinkholes, ancient ruins, and nature or adventure parks. NATURE PARKS should have to do with being eco-friendly, sustainable, and other aspects related to caring for planet Earth, right? Well, over the past years this term has become very unclear and flexible, so most parks don’t actually qualify to be a REAL Nature Park. That is where Selvatica comes in, being the only 100% Natural Park in Cancun.

Guilt-Free Natural Park

Usually, when talking about guilt-free anything, the most common topics revol ve around: guilt-free snacks, guilt-free brands that support minorities and good causes, etc.

Selvatica supports charities through amazing programs like the Helping Hands program, that contributes to society by giving hope to the lives of the impoverished youth, or the Seed of Life program that we’ll mention in a bit.

However, there is another kind of guilt-free that not everyone is talking about, although they should: Guilt-Free Natural Parks. “But HOW can a natural park be guilt-free?” Here is how:

Mindless fun is not fun.

La escuelita foundation

When thinking about spending your money and time on an amusement park or an adventure park, you go with a “live in the moment” mindset, right? What would you think if I told you that the fun you are having is actually going to bite you back later on? You’d probably say I’m crazy, but hang in there, I will explain it all to you.

As I said above, mindless fun is NOT FUN. And by mindless fun, I mean many things such as not caring about safety or not following instructions, to not knowing about the place you are visiting and what their values are. Know that I wasn’t born knowing this, and I don’t expect you to have been either, but in this technology era, we tend to forget how easy educating ourselves on ANY topic can be!

I know that the last thing that ever crosses your mind before visiting your vacation destination is “Oh, let me search for the company’s values or if what they claim is more than just words”. I get it. But it is soooo easy, that in just one click you can get hundreds of thousands of pages with articles like this one, that can open your eyes.

Not everything is what it seems


The term Natural Park has become blurry and unclear, many claims being authentic whilst knowing that it is not entirely true. Selvatica wants to be transparent with its clients, and we back up our words with the ONLY important thing here: actions!

For starters, when you come to visit us, the atmosphere is pretty obvious and hard to not feel drawn to. You can hear the animals and critters as you drive on our pathway through Puerto Morelos’ jungle, and you might even spot some cool exotic animals!

Selvatica has strived for excellence from day one and promised to take care of our planet Earth, trying to preserve all of its beauty. We don’t expect you to believe that the road you drive on was there when we started building, but you will see for yourself how our forest is almost 100% virgin.

We achieved the latter by carefully planning our building so that the least amount of trees are torn down, AND we have the Seed of Life Program.
The Seed of Life program has planted over 300,000 trees!

Be mindful, and choose right. The planet and its people’s wellbeing are in our hands.


Ziplines in Riviera Maya- What to Look for & Avoid

Ziplines in Riviera Maya- What to Look for & Avoid


Everyone who has traveled to Cancun knows this:

Cancun is not all there is. It simply opens the door to the Riviera Maya. Here you can enjoy a bevy of travel destinations, each with their own set of entertaining attractions.

Today we’re going to focus on Ziplines in Riviera Maya:

  1. What to look for
  2. What to avoid
  3. How to prepare

Cancun Mexico

A.     Riviera Maya Zip Lines – What to look for

1. Location.

The best ziplines in the Riviera Maya are the ones you can actually get to. Makes sense, right?

That’s why picking a zipline tour operator like Selvatica is your best bet. Selvatica is located right in the epicenter of the Riviera Maya (in between Cancun and Playa del Carmen) …AND

Selvatica offers FREE roundtrip transportation aboard an air-conditioned van, when purchased online.

2. Variety is the spice of life—even for ziplines!

Nobody likes repeating the same thing over and over. The same goes for ziplines!

That’s why Selvatica offers 4 different kinds of zipline experiences.

 I. Superman Zipline

the Superman Zipline

They say standing in a super-hero pose boosts your confidence… 

Now imagine how you’ll feel after soaring through the air in the ultimate super-hero pose: the flying superman!

II. Cenote Splash Zipline

Zipline Cenote
What better way to cap off a zipline experience than a quick splash and swim in a refreshing cenote?

III. Glove-Control Zipline

Glove control Zipline

Some like it fast. Some like it not-so-fast. With Glove-Control Zipline, you decide! Just squeeze to slow down, and release for maximum velocity!

IV. Tarzania: The Human Roller-Coaster

Tarzania The human Roller Coaster
Tarzania is like the result of some mad scientist creating some ultra-exciting zipline+roller-coaster hybrid.

You’ve never seen anything like it…

Try the Human Roller-Coaster (exclusive to Selvatica).

Bonus Zipline:

If you’re feeling bold, talk to the zipline operator to try one of the ziplines UPSIDE-DOWN!

Bonus Resource: Zipline in Riviera Maya Guides:

Top Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks in Riviera Maya‎

Top Riviera Maya & the Yucatan Ziplines

B.     Riviera Maya Ziplines – What to Avoid

3. Avoid parks with only one kind of zipline

Ziplines in Cancun
Trust me. You’re going to get bored.

4. Pick a place near you (w/ FREE transportation)

Free transportation to Selvatica


Pick an operator near you (who wants to spend their whole day traveling?) and offers free transportation (save your money!)

5. Avoid Brand-New Establishments

Selvatica more than 10 years of experience

You want a zipline tour company like Selvatica, that has years and years of experience.

That’s the kind of proven safety track record you can trust.

6. Stay away from tours with bad user-review

Selvatica Tripadvisor Hall of fame winner





Trust your peers. If they have complaints, listen to them. On the other hand…

If the rave about a zip line tour in the Riviera Maya, heed their advice.

For example, Selvatica averages a perfect 5.0 on Trip Advisor. 

C.     How to prepare for zip lines while visiting the Mayan Riviera

7. Arrive with energy

Arrive with energy
This means…

Don’t come hung-over

Try relaxing the day before so your muscles aren’t sore.

Avoid coffee the morning of (this can make you nauseous if you’re susceptible to it)

8. Bring all your necessities

Bring all your necessities
This may seem obvious, but it’s so easy to overlook something. Especially if you’re packing the day of.

Here’s a zipline checklist to help you out:

1. Spare clothes & shoes

Remember, there’s a good chance everything your wearing is either going to get wet (in the cenote or via rain) or muddy. This includes your shoes.

So bring extras!

2. Bring plastic bags

So where did you plan on putting those wet clothes? Bring a plastic bag to isolate your wet clothes.

3. Bring a sweater/blanket

A sweater in the Riviera Maya!?

Seems like crazy talk but it makes sense because you’re going to be coming out of a cenote, and heading into a van with AC.

4. Bring cash

Use it to pay for souvenirs, hand out tips, pay for lockers, buy professional photographs.

5. Eat a light breakfast

Eat something light before you come. Maybe some cereal with chopped fruit. Avoid heavy breakfasts, like eggs or pancakes.