Selvatica vs Our Biggest Competition – similar concepts, two very different experiences!
How do you know which one is right for YOU?
That’s where we come in…
When headed to Mexico it’s easy to focus your attention on the white sandy beaches, twinkling turquoise water, and glitzy hotels.
But did you know that the lush tropical jungles that encapsulate Mexico house many wondrous secrets that are just waiting to be discovered by you?
Boasting epic views, breathtaking nature, and adrenaline-fuelled activities, it’s not hard to see why.
But with competition rising and experiences varying in style how can you be sure you’re choosing the right one for you?
Selvatica vs Our The Biggest Competition
If everything was the same I think we can all agree that things would start to get boring very quickly.
The great thing about Selvatica and other competitors in the region is that that they each have their own unique traits.
Taking the thrill of zip-lining and outdoor adventure both Selvatica and it’s competitors know how to own it in their different ways.
Pricing – Selvatica vs Biggest Competitor
Your experience at Selvatica doesn’t have to depend on a ‘one price fits all’.
You have the option to choose from 4 different tour options depending on what you want to do!
This is the longest program Selvatica offers. Perfect for those of you wanting to experience EVERYTHING the attraction has to offer in a well-organized and efficient fashion.
- Round Trip Transportation
- Offroad or ATV Driving
- 10 Zipline circuit
- Aerial Bridges
- Tarzania (human -roller coaster zip-line)
- SuperFlight (monster zip-lines)
- Swim in a Cenote
- JUNGLE COASTER
- Light Lunch and Water
- It lasts between 7 to 8 hours approx
Do you want to experience the thrills and beauty of Selvatica but don’t necessarily want to spend a full day of your vacation zip-lining because you’re pushed for time? The Extreme Canopy tour is for you!
- Door to door Shuttle
- 10 Zipline Circuit
- Swim in a Cenote
- Light Lunch and Water
- It lasts between 3 to 4 hours approx
Do you possess a need for speed and dose of adrenaline?
Enjoy aerial views at Selvatica before getting down and dirty on the ground. Explore the depths of the jungle on board your state-of-art Polaris RZR BUGGY, forget glorified golf-buggies petrol heads are in for a real treat!
Great if you want to experience the highlights in a shorter space of time.
- Door to Door Shuttle
- 10 Zipline circuit
- 4 Aerial Bridges (skywalk)
- Polaris RZR BUGGY (jungle circuit)
- Swim in a cenote
- Parachute jump
- Light Lunch and Water.
- It lasts between 3 to 4 hours approx
- To drive you must be 16+ and show a valid ID.
Selvatica works with dynamic pricing to always help you get the best deal.
This means that there is no fixed price. It can change depending on the date you book, what time, and how many people for.
However, just as an example to give you a rough idea of what to expect, during high season, on Thursday 15th March 2018, at 10.30 am adult prices are as follows:
- Extreme Canopy $70-80
- Gimme All $140
- Offroad Polaris 117-130
Please note prices are significantly lower if you book online and in advance, so we would recommend that you do this.
You can speak to someone from the live chat on their website who will give you an instant answer and assist you if you have any questions.
Selvatica also has a page on their website dedicated to promotions, where it’s likely you’ll find deals like ‘save 30%‘ or ‘pair Selvatica with a trip to Dolphinaris‘, be sure to check it out so you don’t miss out on great savings.
The leading competitors also offer dynamic pricing but options are much more limited.
The only variations in tours that they offer are if you want to go during the day or at night time.
Again, you do save money if you book online in advance, but you do not have the opportunity to choose a time slot, it’s more of just a ‘free for all’, but we will dig a deeper into that in a little while.
A rough example of an adult price during high season, on March 15, 2018, is $108.
Location + Transportation
Location + transportation can be a huge factor when it comes to deciding which attraction is best for you.
You don’t want to spend most of your time traveling, but you also want the trip to be worthwhile.
Selvatica enjoys a privileged position halfway between Cancun and Playa del Carmen.
So, regardless of which hotel you stay at either side, you won’t be more than a 30-minute journey away from all the action.
Your pricing includes private round-trip transportation and you can expect to be picked up on time in a small, comfortable, clean, air-conditioned van operated by a safe driver.
The competition can be located on the south side of Playa del Carmen as if you were heading for Puerto Aventuras.
Their pricing doesn’t pick up outliers up with small contract vans.
Usually, they arrive in the style of a large “school bus”, which can quickly get tedious adding a solid hour to your journey on both ends of your day because you have to drop so many different people off at different locations.
Your time at each of the parks will be spent with a few hours zip lining. Both experiences are of course, immensely fun, but extremely different in nature.
Who’d have thought you could reinvent this thrilling adventure in two completely different ways?
So, what makes them so different?
Selvatica prides itself on variation and personalisation.
Your experience at Selvatica is never going to be underwhelming. Why?
Because the park doesn’t just have one style zip line that you ride over and over again. Oh no, at Selvatica the creators believe that variety is the spice of life and monotony is the killer of all fun.
At Selvatica the different zip lines you will encounter include:
1. Tanzania AKA “The Human Roller-Coaster”
They call Tanzania, “The Human Roller-Coaster”, due to its one-of-a-kind zipline track you won’t find anywhere else.
Innovative and completely unique in style, you can expect not only to zoom down through the jungle, but to twist and turn, go up and down, and experience a thrill unlike any other.
2. Superflight “The Superman Zipline”
Did you ever grow up wondering what it would feel like to be Superman for the day?
Now you no longer have to wonder, you can sail through the air as if you were a real superhero by flying face-first through the jungle.
3. Glove Control Zipline
On this exhilarating zip line, you can keep a tight grip for a more controlled experience…or release your grip for full velocity!
You’re in control, so have fun, and take flight!
4. Upside Down Zipline
How do you take something already extreme to the next level?
By doing it upside down, of course!
Get a new perspective on the jungle and see it from all angles.
Your trip to Selvatica will enable you to conquer 4 completely different zip lines. You will leave with a real sense of accomplishment.
Perfect for travelers looking for a real thrill of adrenaline.
5. Cenote Splash Zipline
Ready for the ultimate conclusion to a zipline?
Then try the exciting Cenote Splash Zipline!
The competition does offer some variation in their zip lines too, albeit they are not as extreme.
You will fly down each of them in the generic seated position.
However, here the ziplines boast exhilarating heights, they differ in length, and the occasional zipline also incorporates water into the mix (so prepare to get wet while you’re zooming through the air too).
Safety is of paramount importance at both of the parks.
Both attractions pride themselves on the infallible precautions and procedures that have been cemented into the brand’s core values.
They each proudly boast the latest and most up-to-date technology that is regularly checked and approved by the ACCT.
In case you are wondering why one park may have one zip line for support and the other has two, or if you have any questions about the safety at each of the parks, I recommend you read this review that is responded to by the Director of Selvatica.
ATV / Polaris
For me when I hear ATV or Polaris I expect a real speed demon NOT a glorified golf-buggy.
You didn’t pay for something mediocre, you paid for a real adventure!
At Selvatica you will be given a 4-seater Polaris RZR, which can comfortably accommodate 2 adults and 2 children.
These state-of-the-art vehicles are exactly that, state-of-the-art!
If you were to buy one of these back home in the states it would cost you close to 15k!
They are a real treat to drive, especially if you’re into powerful motors.
There is enough power behind these things to satisfy the craving of every petrol head.
At Selvatica you can pay a small fee of around $15 dollars and breathe easy knowing that you are insured if anything at all was to happen to the vehicle.
The competition only uses utility-class Gators that max out at about 12mph, BIG difference.
So if you’re looking for speed you’re not going to find it here, unfortunately.
By comparison, the competition is slow, but you can expect to see some epic scenery on the journey round. It gives you a chance to soak up the sites of caves, bridges, and different terrains.
Preference really does depend on what you’re hoping for.
Swimming / Cenote
You’re in the Riviera Maya, natural beauty is a given!
Mexico is home to some incredibly beautiful greenery, and stunning cenotes unique to this area of the world.
It’s absolutely vital that you visit at least one cenote during your visit to Mexico. They’re magical.
At Selvatica by the time you reach the cenote to cap off you’re the day it’s almost inevitable you will have worked up a sweat.
Prepare for a relaxing and cooling experience at the onsite cenote.
Visually it’s stunning, but the waters are just sublime. You will have around 40 minutes here to soak up the sights, relax, and enjoy the water.
Not only that, there is the opportunity to zip-line into the water!
You will have a ton of fun rounding off your adventurous day.
The competitions park involves a lot of water throughout the entire day, so if you don’t feel like spending the day soggy maybe it isn’t for you.
That said, on a warm say it isn’t too much of an issue.
The cenote and swimming at this attraction are largely underground (so be warned: it can get cool), as part of a series of caverns and underground rivers, whereas the one at Selvatica is not enclosed.
For people who don’t deal well with small spaces, it is important to take this into consideration when weighing up your options.
If you are interested in learning more about stalactites and stalagmites that have formed over millions of years this is a good opportunity for you to do so.
Overall the swimming and cenote experience at the competitions park is very picturesque and pleasant.
All that adventure is sure to work up your appetite.
Luckily for you, food is provided at both of the parks.
You can expect to eat things like chicken, guacamole, beans, chips, salad, and rice.
One of Selvaticas core values is to keep things as eco-friendly as possible and to reduce the carbon footprint dramatically.
They have invested large amounts of money into planting more trees, which you can read all about on their the ‘Seed of Life Program’ section on their website.
So, if you are wondering why there is no bottled water at Selvatica, this is why.
Alternatively, they offer, fresh, safe, cool water in cone cups that are made from recycled materials.
Organization and Efficiency
Nobody likes waiting around (especially British people), so with popularity must come organization!
With so many people choosing parks like Selvatica things have to be efficient otherwise navigating the attraction would be pure chaos.
Selvatica prides itself on its personal and intimate approach to adventure.
Here you will be part of a small tribe and your guide will take the time to get to know your name and make you laugh.
Staff at Selvatica are widely recognized on TripAdvisor as ‘incredible’, and often are what makes the experience SO memorable for thousands of visitors.
Despite the popularity of the attraction, Selvatica never exceeds its capacity to function seamlessly.
The tours here run like clockwork, meaning you never have to wait to get on to a particular attraction.
The guides are in constant communication with one another, and you will never be stood around waiting for the next thing to happen.
It’s completely flawless.
It’s like going to Disneyland and all the magic is taken away because you have to queue for long periods of time to get on to a ride.
The competitions itinerary is much more of a ‘free for all’, and during peak times and season, it can feel a little chaotic.
You are almost left to your own devices, different guides wait for you at different podiums or areas of the park. Whereas at Selvatica the same guide journeys with you throughout the entire experience.
You need the whole day at Xplor to do absolutely everything but without a personal guide, it’s likely you may miss something or not get the absolute most of out of the experience.
It’s decision time!
It’s great that you’ve taken the time out to weigh up your different options rather than agreeing to the first offer you discovered and risk all that disappointment.
Both parks are successful and ultimately it comes down to what you want from your experience.
If you’re looking for thrilling, adrenaline adventure, with different options to suit your specific wants and needs, then without a doubt Selvatica is the option for you.
If you are looking for a more relaxing, less thrilling adventure, with a slower pace but incredible scenery then the competition may be the way to go.
In the end, we just want to you to have the best experience possible so be sure to choose wisely. 😉