You’re about to visit the Caribbean, and you are in the mood for an adventure… If you want to know the secrets for having the ULTIMATE adventure tour, Cancun is crucial in your vacation! Hear from an insider, and keep reading…
Don’t Miss Out on Cancun’s Best:
Let me start by telling you the top 3 things that you MUST not miss if you’re planning on enjoying your Cancun getaway. The following points will be tips that you’ll find very useful (trust me), and that might even save you money! Buckle in and listen up, you’re in for a treat…
No extreme adventure in Cancun is complete without visiting Latin America’s #1 rated Nature/Adventure Park (TripAdvisor). I’ve lived in Cancun for 15+ years and all I can say about Selvatica is positive. The atmosphere feels 100% genuine and the staff has down to earth, grounded people… There’s never a dull moment in Selvatica, and as far as adventure goes, I highly recommend this experience for both expert adrenaline junkies and beginners.
Soften up, and take some time to experience a true connection. As far as dolphin encounters and dolphin swims in Cancun, Dolphinaris is without a doubt my go-to. I am not a great fan of keeping animals in captivity, but even then Dolphinaris makes it a guilt-freeexperience! From beginning to end they make sure that both you and the dolphins are under excellent care, and their new program, Blu, is surely going to blow your mind (there’s VR included, what?!).
Whether you want to wind down a little or want to keep the adrenaline pumping Ventura Park has got something for you. This is an all-ages amusement park that has over 5different sections, all filled with fun attractions! You have a waterpark, go-karts, adventure rope circuits, zip lines, VR experiences and MUCH MORE. If winding down sounds attractive, there is also a V.I.P beach club!
DO’s and Dont’s
1. DO Stay at an AIRBNB
This accommodation alternative has gotten increasingly popular over the years and it is no surprise why. You might be paying less or equal the amount that you would when staying at a hotel, and the benefits could be higher! It really depends on whether you prefer being more independent or you like being pampered; someone who’d rather have a kitchen and living room instead of room service should opt for this.
2. DON’T purchase at the airport
It might be tempting but I assure you that ANY tour, cab, item that you buy at the airport will be quitea lot more expensive than elsewhere. Book tours online, save money.
3. DO stay between Cancun and Tulum
As you’re looking for more outdoorsy and adventurous activities I’d say that staying in Playa Del Carmen would probably be the best option. Consider that Playa is in the middle of most fun activities so to avoid long distances this will be the trick.
4. DON’T forget mosquito repellent and bottled water
This might be an obvious one but we tend to forget sometimes. The basic items for your Cancun trip are sunblock, mosquito repellent, sunglasses and probably a cap… If you’re bringing a camera definitely bring an extra battery/memory card (so many photo ops, seriously) and last but not least: water.
You can’t and shouldn’t bring the water from home, but I beg you to NEVER drink the tap water. Purchase water bottles and try to carry one with you all the time.
Save time! You don’t have to scrawl the depths of TripAdvisor (Selvatica) reviews to get your questions answered with honest feedback from visitors.
Who has time for that?
To make thing easier for you I rounded up 10 of the best, most honest, and informative reviews from the past few months that cover everything from conquering fears, expensive lockers, and enthusiastic staff.
Overview of TripAdvisor Selvatica Reviews
TripAdvisor is my go-to when it comes to making smart decisions about my travel plans…
And it seems the people have spoken!Selvaticawas voted Trip Advisors #1 Outdoor Activity (and has held on to that title for many years).
In this article, we’ll discover how has managed to keep a tight grip on it’s reigning superior title and why it has earnt other accolades such as one of the top 5 adventures in the entire world and Best Adventure Park in Mexico & Latin America award.
Out of over 6000 reviews, you can see that under 3% of them had something negative to say.
This is pretty much unheard of on TripAdvisor so it’s already a huge indicator that Selvatica is doing more expected to please the masses. However, in the interest of fairness, we’ve included some of the negative or 1-star reviews to touch all bases and bring you a dynamic and fair review round-up.
Selvatica Tour Options
At Selvatica there are 4 different tour options.
The Selvatica Gimme All – this is the longest program.It gives you a mix of activities so you can experience a bit of everything in a full day.
Round Trip Transportation
Offroad or ATV Driving
10 Zipline circuit
Tarzania (roller coaster zip-line)
SuperFlight (monster zip-lines)
Swim in a Cenote
New attraction JUNGLE COASTER
Light Lunch and Water
It lasts between 7 to 8 hours approx
To drive must be older than 16 years old and present a valid ID. *
The requirements for the use of zip lines and Aerial bridges maximum waist size is 47 “or 120 cm.
The weight limit for Tarzania is 245 pounds or 110 kg.
Selvatica has earnt its accolades for its attentive staff, and dedication to making sure safety is their utmost priority.
I pushed myself to sign up for something I would normally not do and I loved it! We were on a company trip to Cancún but I wanted to do something fun with my husband. We signed up for the zip line, Polaris, cenote adventure and each activity was more exhilarating than the last. Though the activities are set in the jungle, the staff and equipment are extremely safe and all instructions are thoroughly explained without being boring. I was extremely impressed with our guide, Andrew as well as all of the staff who sent us off and received us during the zip line portion- I knew I was in perfectly capable hands and they did such a great job guiding us I was able to truly enjoy the incredible views. My husband was like a little kid driving the Polaris, it was excellent terrain- hilly and muddy. Then we cleaned off the mud and cooled off in the gorgeous cenote. Lunch afterward was great and the picture package sold to us was actually a great value. This experience was the highlight of our trip!
2. Personalized Service + No Waiting Around
When you pay good money to experience something fun on vacation, one of my pet peeves is dis-organization and waiting around.
On TripAdvisor, you will often find that Selvatica is hailed for offering an extremely personalized service that runs like clockwork.
As part of a tribe, the tour feels intimate and sincere, with each member encouraging one another.
The staff makes it a point to remember each and everyone’s name, and the trip is organized so perfectly that there is no waiting around to get on to any of the attractions, whether it’s zip-lines, ATVs, or a swim in the cenote.
If you’re looking for a place full of fun activities while in cancun STOP right here because Selvatica should be your one and only choice. There’s tons of different activities to choose from and the employees are super friendly, courteous, and are ready to make sure you have an amazing time.We booked with our hotel through BD travel and were bunched with another group from other hotels in the surrounding area. (which was fine, everyone was warm and friendly) It was a intimate expedition with no more than 10 people and every single staff member made it a point to remember our names. Andre was our guide through out it all and he was phenomenal! My boyfriend and I choose the Zip lining, ATV, and cenotes swimming package. The package included transportation to and from your hotel to the location and to my surprise lunch (which we did not expect to be so delicious). There’s a 400 step walk up to the zip lining course which gives you amazing views of the jungle and gets your heart racing before you take the leap. *There’s a link in my bio with footage of our experience if you want to take a look*. Andre and his team members made it a point to give us all the best experience. If you’re looking for a fun half day adventure then look no further. Make sure to bring a neck holder/water proof case for your phone if you want to get personal footage, if you don’t have one or forget it in your hotel they have some for sell in the gift shop. (which came in handy because we forgot our’s at home). They also take professional footage that you can buy as a package filled with video and hundreds of photos for a very reasonable price. We’re so glad we went! Thank you Andre, the Selvatica team and BD travel for making this an amazing addition to our trip.
3. Great Business Trip Excursion Idea
Coming to Cancun or Playa del Carmen is the perfect location for any business trip. It’s complete paradise and just a short few hours on a plane from most places in the U.S.
Selvaticais perfect for teams wanting to build trust within their company, to help people explore out of their comfort zone, or to simply just have some fun!
We signed up for the Selvatica extreme canopy excursion through our hotel while staying in Cancun for business. The sign up process was very easy and the transportation was comfortable and the driver was friendly. We wound up ultimately being part of a group of about 30 people of all ages from about 6 to 70 years old.
My wife and I had a blast. Our guide, Andrew, was funny and helpful, and we felt very comfortable during the activities. I was amazed at how accommodating the staff was , helping all of the youngest visitors complete the challenges. I would do this again in a heartbeat!!! My only regret is that I didnt sign up for the full day ATV excursion!!!!
4. Good Value For Money
Let’s be honest, vacations are super expensive! Flights, hotels, and by the time you get to tours your bank account has taken quite a hit.
Often tours are the highlight of the trip so it’s important you choose the right one.
A common theme throughout TripAdvisor reviews is that the Selvatica Tour is great value for money given everything that is included.
Very thrifty when I spend money. I like to get the value of my hard work and rarely do I spend money on adventure spending for the fact I normally leave disappointed. This was our first trip to Mexico and I was very worried about booking an adventure online and getting ripped off. Not the Case here in anyway. There is a reason this company gets such high reviews. They work hard, but make it look easy to ensure you have a great time. I needed this vacation Thank You for making it memorable.
5. Gimmie All + Different Packages
Selvatica has a range of different options to suit different people. As I detailed earlier there are four different programs to choose from.
At Selvatica you are part of a small tribe and the day will run like clockwork. Everything is organized seamlessly from start to finish, so you won’t be waiting around or left wondering what is coming next.
We really enjoyed our day at Selvatica. We did the “Gimme All” package and really enjoyed the variety of experiences. The staff was hilarious but also really professional when it came to the nuts & bolts of all the different activities. I was especially impressed with the efficiency and organization throughout the program. The logistical challenges of moving large groups of diverse participants through a high number of activities quickly and safely are myriad, but the hardworking guides made it all happen seamlessly. My family of four enjoyed every activity and we’d definitely recommend the experience to anyone traveling to this area. Thanks, jungle citizens!
6. Eco-Conscious / Seed of Life Program
One thing I really love about Selvatica is the attractions eco-consciousness.
Selvatica has a social commitment program called Seed of Life. It’s simple they put a tree seed in an expired Selvatica helmet. Then they plant that helmet into the ground and let nature take care of the rest.
What started out as a simple project has ballooned into a major movement. Today, Selvaticas seed of life tree-planting program has planted over 300,000 oxygen-releasing trees! That has shrunk the carbon footprint by an eye-popping 7.8 million tons!
This is a combination tour that features a fantastic zip line (I believe there were 8 platforms and the longest run had to be over a quarter mile). But, it’s an opportunity to swim, or zipline dive, into a cenote, which is an experience many tourists never get. We didn’t do the ATV part of the tour due to time, but the people that did it thought it, too, was exciting. All this is followed by a traditional lunch much like the typical campesino in Mexicco has for special occasions.
Let me close by translating Selva tica for you: it’s really two words as you can see. Selva is ‘jungle’, tica is a tricky word that best translates as ‘ethics’. In other words, Selvatica is dedicated to being ethical, i.e. caring, in our use of the precious resource of rainforest jungles….how about that, take a picture!
7. Breathtaking Scenery + Highlight of The Trip
Sometimes when you head to places like Cancun it’s easier to become mesmerized by the impressive buildings that dominate the coastline.
However, the region is encapsulated by lush Mayan tropical jungles that house many fascinating secrets just waiting to be uncovered.
Soak up unique and incredible views at Selvatica.
Thank you to the wonderful team at Selvatica for giving me the HIGHLIGHT of my Mexican holiday! Breathtaking scenery, phenomenal staff and an experience that I will remember for the rest of my life. I have already told my family, friends and work colleagues about my experience with you, so expect to see a lot more Aussies zipping through the trees! Thanks again team – I CAN’T RECOMMEND THIS HIGHLY ENOUGH!
Areas for Improvement
As I detailed earlier Selvatica’s reviews are largely raving, however, in the interest of fairness I’ve included a few reviews that mention areas for improvement that were added over the past few months just so that you can go prepared and avoid any unexpected surprises.
8. Souvenir Pricing
Pricing of souvenirs was something that disgruntled one customer as they were unaware of how pricey memoirs of their adventure would be.
It’s good to know things like this before you go so you can either take your own camera (GoPro) or so customers can go prepared with extra cash to avoid any unexpected surprises.
I recently learned that the pictures are often so expensive because the photographers who work for attractions similar toSelvaticadon’t get paid a regular salary and therefore have to make their money solely on the content they produce.
All of the tourist attractions in the region are exactly the same, and in the big scheme of things, it’s a small price to pay for memories that will last a lifetime.
I booked the ATV tour directly on the Selvatica Website. It cost $89 with their advanced booking discount. The tour is a half day and includes transportation and a little lunch afterwards. Our transport driver was very nice and made us feel comfortable. He was even a little early for our resort pickup! The zip lining was outstanding. I was extremely impressed by the staff experience and the safety techniques used. There are 10 zip lines and are super fun. The ATVs were fun. The cenote was not that great. We have swam in better (Chaak tun) but it was nice that it was included I guess. We did the glide that dropped into the water which was neat. We brought water shoes for the whole tour which worked great. The reason I did not rate this a 5: locker rental of $12 was too expensive. We were offered a digital photos disk of the excursion for $79. This pricing is ridiculous. All I wanted was to purchase 1 photo and they wouldnt do it. That part was extremely disappointing. I did attach a wristlet to my phone to get some pictures so happy I did.
9. Locker Rental
It’s good to know before you visit that the lockers do cost extra so you can go prepared and take some extra cash!
Very good zip lining. The cenote was awesome too. However the only nagitive thing about this experience is that I find the lockers are over priced. They charge 12 USD for one locker. You have to buy a locker if you zip line because your not allowed to carry anything or have anything in your pockets. I feel like they should offer a free storage option during the zip lining event. Other zip lining companies do thing. Like the one my brother was on in Hawaii.
10. Understanding the Braking System
If your scared of heights to begin with taking in the safety information can be a little terrifying.
It’s important to know what you are getting yourself in for before you agree to anything.
Make sure you ask questions if you don’t understand something, and see if they will let you try out using the braking system before giving it a go for real.
Thank goodness they must be used to people freaking out over the heights of zip lining. The group we were with we really excited to go so I was along too. I did one zip on my own and I immediately broke down , it was NOT for me!! I wasn’t understanding the whole “stop” motion to break. Anyway, the workers were absolutely awesome and realized I was either taking a ladder down or they were tandem zipping with me. They walked me to the front and I tandem zip lined the rest of the way back. After that we went to a cenote to swim, it was chilly but everyone had a great time. We then went back for lunch and headed home. overall I’m glad I tried it but I will never again!! I think it would’ve help if instead of showing everyone in the beginning how to break, they have everyone try it. I think I would have had more questions at that point.
11. Not For The Faint-Hearted
Travelers should be warned that this adventure tour is NOT for the faint-hearted. Sometime when you’re browsing different ideas to do in the area, it’s hard to gauge a good grasp of what the day will entail.
If the thought of heights terrifies you, then Selvatica is probably not a good idea.
However, if you are feeling brave it is the perfect opportunity to conquer your fears.
This park is fantastic! Could not fault anything about the park or the staff. We visited today and no over crowding- small groups. Be warned tho if you are nervous of heights and speed then you will need to think about this. We saw 3 people becoming nervous but the staff handled this wonderfully, enough encouragement but not forcing the issue. Having said this we are a middle aged couple and did everything. The atv experience was fantastic as was the swimming. Worth every penny and the staff are simply amazing. Full of enthusiasm but always always keeping you safe !
There are two reasons why millions of tourists flock every year to Cancun: for beauty and adventure. Its easy to see why. Everywhere you look, theres something gorgeous to look at. Everyone knows about the soft-sanded beaches. Theres also the piercingly turquoise waters. Lets not forget about the sparkling cenotes throughout.
But Cancun is more than that
Theres also a vast Mayan jungle daring you to conquer it.Thats the other side of Cancun. The side that invites adventure. Like we said, there are two ways to enjoy Cancun: looking (beauty) and doing (adventure).
Some people dont like adrenaline. Others demand it. Its their way of feeling alive. For fans of extreme excursions, Cancun is your playground. Here, you can be free. Unshackle the chains of polite society.
The question is:
When the Mayan jungle beckons, do you answer the call?
For those who shout yes. Please proceed. Were going to let you in on a little secret.
For those still unsure: dont give up yet. Nothing summons the spirit like, adventure. This is the perfect proving grounds for conquering fear.
So step up to the plate. This is your chance to have a jungle excursion in Cancun.
But where you may be asking?
If youve been here before, its obvious.The best Cancun adventure is Selvatica.
Looks look at 5 of the best reasons why thats true.
1.-Insane ziplines over a jungle canopy
Wheres the best place to zipline in Cancun? Selvatica! Selvatica is the premier adventure park in Cancun. Situated in the heart of the Mayan jungle, at Selvatica, anything is possible.
And that includes
Soaring through the air, over a jungle canopy, upside-down on a zipline!
Thatll wake you up!
Need more? Try Selvaticas vaunted Tarzania Zipline. Not all ziplines were created equally.
Let me explain:
Most ziplines follow a single path. You start at the top, and gravity takes you down. Not Tarzania. No, Tarzania blazes its own trail. First, you go down.
But guess what? Now youre going back up again. Then left. Then right.
Its truly is zipline madness.
2.-Get Muddy on a badass Polaris ATV
Think back to your childhood. Remember when you could run freely through the mud? Return to your youth. Selvatica grants you license to get dirty again.
Heres how. Hop on a Polaris ATV. Heres a tip: make SURE its a Polaris.
Whats the difference? Ever been on a buddys beat-up pickup truck? You know. Where the suspension is shot and you can feel every bump on the road? Then you drive a Cadillac and it feels like youre driving on a cloud.
Thats the Polaris difference.
Its not only that, though. Its instant acceleration. The stop-on-a-dime brake system. And if anything happens? You have state-of-the-art roll bars for protection.
With nothing to worry about, the Mayan jungle is yours to conquer. One more tip: when they offer you a pair of goggles .wear them! The last thing you need is mud in your eye!
3.-Dont look down! Hanging Aerial Bridges ahead
Do you have a fear of heights? The ability to stay calm when it matters most? Then prove it.
Walk, high up in the air, over wobbly hanging aerial bridges. But what if you fall? Fear not. Youll be strapped up to a cable of course!
But dont let that fool you. Even though you know youre not in mortal danger, it still gets your heart racing.
4.-The fountain of youth is real: theyre called Cenotes
You know that feeling? The one you get when you come out of the shower after long grueling day? Theres nothing more refreshing. Its completely reinvigorating. And how couldnt you be?
Just a moment ago, you were filthy and worn out. Now? Full of life and clean as a whistle. Now take that feeling and multiply it by a 100. Thats how youll feel when you exit our cenote. Remember, by this point, youre going to be covered in mud, sweat, and exhaustion.
Think about it: is that how you want to drive home?
Instead, hang on to a zipline and enter our cenote with a splash! Is that too easy for you? Need something bolder? Try diving headfirst off a 60-foot ledge! Speaking from personal experience, if you do the big jump, point your toes downwards.
Just trust me on that. =)
5.-Make a difference in the world with our Seed of Life program
Whats the Selvatica difference? Here, youre not just another ticket sold. Were in this together. When youre here, youre part of the tribe. We have your back. Your tribe leader will be with you for the whole journey.
Every year, we thank the jungle. Why? Because without the jungle, there is no Selvatica. Every year thousands of trees are cut down. The worst part? Theyre being cut down faster than theyre growing.
Together, we can help. Its easy. Place a seed in an expired helmet. Then dig a hole, and place the helmet inside. Thats it. With this simple project, we have shrunk our carbon footprint by MILLIONS of tons. 7.8 to be exact.
Honor the forest. Without it, thered be no Cancun jungle adventure!