6 Fun Things to do at Selvatica that are NOT Ziplines

ATV jungle circuit at Selvatica

Here are 2 quick questions…

  1. If you google “ziplines in cancun”, who shows up as #1?
  2. If you look at Trip Advisor’s “top 5 ziplines & aerial adventures in Cancun” who shows up as #1?

The answer to both questions?

Selvatica Adventure Park in Cancun.

Why is that? It’s because Selvatica has the most diverse & entertaining set of ziplines in Cancun.

But guess what? Selvatica provides so much more than just ziplines.

Let’s Look at 6 Fun Things to do at Selvatica that are NOT ziplines

1.      Polaris ATVs

Get a little muddy at Selvatica.

Let’s get one thing straight. There are ATVs…and then there are Polaris ATVs.

What’s the difference?

  • The lightning quick acceleration
  • The turn-on-a-dime handling
  • The bump-absorbing suspension

Once you’ve ridden a Polaris ATV, there is no going back.

Come to Selvatica to hop on the best 4WD ATV on the market.

2.      Bungee Swing

Bungee swim at Selvatica

Now who wouldn’t want to bungee? Sounds like a lot of fun, doesn’t it?

But here’s the better question…

When it’s your turn to jump, will you? Or will you have second thoughts as you’re walking to the edge of the ledge?

Will your inner monologue tell you “Have you lost it!? There’s NO way we’re doing this!”

There’s only one way to do find out…

Visit Selvatica and try the one-and-only Bungee Swing (if you dare)

3.      SkyWalk Bridge

Skywalk bridges at Selvatica.

Ever watch Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom? Remember the old rickety suspended bridge they have to cross over?

You know? The one that’s high up in the air, and doesn’t exactly look like it would pass a safety inspection?

Ever wonder how you’d fare in that scenario?

Then you have to try Selvatica’s SkyWalk Bridge. Test your agility under pressure & your fear of heights—all while safely strapped in!

4.      Jungle

You can hop on a zipline anywhere. But there’s no better place than the jungle.

Why?

Because it brings out the inner wild side hidden in all of us.

Listening to the jungle birds singing…

Feeling the warmth trapped under the jungle canopy…

Smelling the jungle breeze…

Nothing sets the mood for adventure like the jungle at Selvatica!

5.      Cenotes Swims

Make a splash into cenote at Selvatica.

There’s nothing more refreshing than a swim in a cenote. NOTHING.

How best to describe the feeling you get from swimming in a cenote after a long, dirty adventure in the jungle?

It’s like taking a shower…on steroids.

The crystal clear, salt-free, always-replenished bottomless waterhole, provides for the ultimate reinvigoration.

Come to Selvatica for a cenote swim you will never forget!

6.      Selvatica Tribe

Selvatica the adventure tribe.

When you come to Selvatica, you’re not just another client or curious world traveler. You’re part of the Selvatica Tribe.

We don’t just say “good luck!” and hope that you have a good time. We stay with you, every step of the way, to GUARANTEE you not only have a good time. But the best time of your life.

That’s the Selvatica difference you won’t find at other parks. We learn your name, and you learn ours, and by the end of it, a bond is formed.

There’s no better way to feel safe, than when you’re with your friends.

Come to the #1 Outdoor Adventure Park and join the Selvatica Tribe today!

Top Ten Cenotes in the Riviera Maya

(Author’s Note: If you want to read the updated + improved 2017 version “Top 20 Cenotes in the Riviera Maya” (including pictures + videos) click here.)

Everyone wants to know where the best cenotes in the Riviera Maya are.

Each cenote has its own distinct personality that lures you into it. I have yet to travel to any two cenote’s that were completely identical. Let’s take a look at the best cenotes in the Riviera Maya to find out what makes each of them unique:

(For a better understanding of what a cenote is, and why tourists love it, check out our previous “What is a Cenote” explanatory article here)

 1. Cenote Selvatica (Playa del Carmen/Cancun)     

Here your chance to chase adventure and get rough and dirty at Latin America’s number one, tourist rated adventure park, Selvatica.

  • Fly face-front on a zipline
  • Rip through the jungle on tough Polaris ATV
  • Bungee Swing off a ledge
  • Check your sense of balance on our wobbling, hanging aerial bridges

Your reward at the end of this great series of challenging adventures? Your chance to refresh and reset at Cenote Selvatica. You’ll feel reborn with vigor and ready to head to whatever’s next.

 

2. Casa Cenote (Tulum)

This cenote is separated from the ocean by a small strip of land. Instead of the many circled cenotes, Casa Cenote features a long canal that winds away from the ocean.

When the sun is shining, its crystal clear waters allow you to see—with impressive clarity—all the way to the bottom. Many times, the bottom looks so near, it appears to be in near reach of your toes. When you attempt to touch with your hands, you’re amazed to realize its actually twice as deep as your eyes perceive it to be.

3. Cenote Azul (Playa del Carmen)

This is a small and cozy cenote. It has a cave, but it’s not large. Above the cave, people can dive off an approximately 12-foot ledge into the deep cenote. Even though it’s in a somewhat of a confined area, it’s the perfect place to entertain the whole family.

4. Cenote Azul (Bacalar)

From an aerial perspective, this cenote looks very similar to Belize’ world famous, blue hole. It’s an impressively massive cenote in diameter. Despite its enormity, however, most people tend to congregate together near the entrance’s shore.

5. Cenote Zacil-ha (Tulum)

This small cenote has a lot of open space surrounding it. This leaves room for permanent chairs, tables, and shade-providing umbrellas. The most unique aspect of this cenote, however, is the short zipline they installed over it. Have the lifeguard clear the way for you, put on a lifejacket, jump off and hold on to the handle. Fly the through the air before letting go at a predetermined spot in the cenote. Rinse and repeat as many times as you wish.

6. Ek Balam Cenote (Valladolid)

After visiting the Mayan Ruins of Ek Balam, go visit its eponymous and beautiful cenote, Ek Balam Cenote. One feature you won’t elsewhere is the impressively tall wooden staircase along the cenotes side. If you dare, climb up and jump several yards down into the cenote.

7. Cenote Ik Kil (Chichen Itza/Valladolid)

First, visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Chichen Itza. Then, travel about a mile and half toward Cenote Ik Kil. Revitalize yourself in a majestic cenote idolized by the Mayans.

8. Gran Cenote (Tulum)

As the name suggests (in Spanish), this is a large and popular cenote. Google the diving pictures taken there, and be prepared to be awestruck. You can be sure, the pictures are so spectacularly majestic they’re enough motivation to visit in and of themselves.

9. Cenote Dos Ojos (Playa del Carmen/Tulum)

Cenote Dos Ojos (meaning two eyes in Spanish) is connected to one of the top 10 longest underwater cave systems in the world. It contains the deepest known cave passage in Quintana Roo with a depth of nearly 400 feet.
It was featured in the IMAX film of 2002, Journey Into Amazing Caves.

10. Cenote Samula (Valladolid)

In what appears to be a scene from James Cameron’s Avatar, Cenote Samula has an Alamo tree extending its roots from several yards above, into the cenote for hydration. The rare and impressive vista of hanging roots entering into the cenote is a sight to behold.

There you have it! That’s our guide to enjoying the top ten cenotes in the Riviera Maya! Have fun!

What is a Cenote?

Selvatica is Latin America’s number one adventure park.

This isn’t a marketing slogan. This is reflective of thousands of peer reviews from Trip Advisor. The results are in. Selvatica is Cancun’s number one outdoor activity—for several consecutive years now.

What makes Selvatica so great?

Well first off, no one does adventure like we do. Whether it’s our blazing ziplines over the Mayan jungle canopy, or our badass Polaris ATV ripping its way through the muddy terrain, we know what will get your heart pumping. We know adrenaline.

But part of what makes us unique is how we culminate the experience. It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish right? We make sure that everyone who takes part in our wide variety of adventures available—don’t forget about our wild bungee swing—leaves feeling refreshed, revitalized, and reborn.

What’s our secret?

In a word: Mother-Nature. Think of it like this…

we have our own fountain of youth, right here on the property. It’s called, a cenote.

Now before you look at a dictionary definition of a cenote (believe me, this will only make things more confusing), allow us to explain what a cenote is, and why it’s the perfect finale to an amazing outdoor adventure in Cancun.

What is a Cenote?

Every year, millions of tourists flock to The Riviera Maya to swim and dive in its hundreds of crystal clear, freshwater swimming areas called cenotes. The word ‘cenote’ originates from the Yucatec Maya, meaning ‘ts’onot’, or ‘any location with accessible groundwater’.

Cenotes are sinkholes that develop over millions of years. In a nutshell, a cenote is the result of acidic water collapsing the limestone bedrock and uniting the top body of water with groundwater. In a sense, all cenotes are fundamentally united.

Mayan History

Centuries earlier, the Mayans reigned supreme in the Yucatan by relying on cenotes as their primary source of water. Unlike other great civilizations that depended on a network of above-ground river systems, the Mayans used a subterranean network of access points connected to groundwater. They also viewed cenotes as a portal to communicate with their gods, Chac, and Xibalba; the god of rain and the Mayan mythical underworld, respectively.

American Misperception

Some American’s may be wondering, as I originally did: why on earth would I want to willingly swim in an acknowledged sinkhole?

Growing up in Florida, I viewed sinkholes as your worst enemy. It has destroyed many homes insidiously, over the course of a decade. Some, overnight. Just a few years ago, a 37-year-old man in Florida was swallowed alive in his sleep by a sinkhole.

However, there remains a BIG fundamental difference between a Florida sinkhole and a Riviera Maya cenote.

The difference is, Florida sinkholes have a top layer of sand and clay. Most of the time, this top layer has held up. Other times, it has crumbled. Those are the times you hear about on the news.

Mayan Reality

In the Riviera Maya however, the collapse has already taken place long ago. There is ZERO inherent risk of collapse like there is with Florida sinkholes. With cenotes, the water gets ultra-filtered through the ground, removing any particle that would leave the water looking murky.

All that remains is a fun and safe freshwater swimming area with shockingly crystal clear clarity and brilliantly beautiful turquoise blue water. Also, due to its lack of salinity, you won’t have to worry about irritated eyes or salinized hair or swimwear.

Selvatica’s Farewell Gift

Now that you have a better understanding of what a cenote is, I want you to picture this.

    • You’ve soared through the air like superman on our ziplines.
    • You’ve boldly jumped on our bungee swing.
    • You’ve tested your agility on our wobbly hanging aerial bridges.
    • And finally, you’ve flung mud in every direction with our fearsome Polaris ATV.

You’re sweaty. You’re muddy. You’re tired. Is this how you want to enter the bus?

Of course not. Allow us to present the perfect solution: Selvatica’s cenote.

Jump in our very own fountain of youth, and become reborn.
Swim in crystal clear water and connect with a reinvigorating force of nature.
Words can’t describe how amazingly refreshed you’ll feel when you come out of the water.
There’s no better climax to a wild day of adventure.

Go Wild. Get Dirty. Have Fun…then

Jump in. Get Wet. Be Reborn.

This is the Selvatica Experience.

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