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Top Tips for Visiting Selvatica – Things to Know before You Go
Are you considering Selvatica for your next vacation? It's time to brush up on my top tips! In my quest to ensure you have the best time in Cancun and the Riviera Maya I make it my business to try and test all the best activities in the region for you (I know, hard life).
The Inside Scoop
I spend my days zip-lining through the Mexican jungle, lazing on catamarans, snorkeling in the beautiful ocean, and then writing about my experiences to inform your travel decisions. If you ask me nothing beats first-hand experience. Inside intel is everything. It can make or break a day trip. Something as trivial as the wrong type of footwear can ruin your whole day! Noone has time for that especially when you paid good money for it. It's not all lazy beach days and palm trees, some days I'm pushed to my limits in the name of "work".
I was forced to do something that caused me to have about 4 meltdowns but turned out to be one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Who knew fear and adrenaline could be so fun? Yes, you've probably guessed it, I was sent off to Selvatica to see what all the fuss was about for myself. All I had to do was dig around on TripAdvisor for a little while to see just how highly regarded this particular zip-lining attraction was.
Fear of Heights
I'm somewhat an adventurous soul, I'll go diving, do extreme sports, but heights have never been my strong point.
However, I gotta pay the bills so I had to push my anxieties to the side for this and just get on with it. Plus, it's my duty to you guys reading this to bring the inside scoop. I decided to throw myself in at the deep end and book on to the most extensive program Selvatica runs, The Gimmie All tour.Here's a quick overview of what Gimmie All tour includes:
ATV tour on a blazing state of the art Polaris vehicle.
10 circuit zipline featuring 5 different types of ziplines.
A cenote swim.
Bungee jump off a tree.
4 aerial skywalk bridges.
Tarzania (the human roller coaster)
And now the ultimate attraction JUNGLE COASTER.
Despite my initial fears once I arrived at the complex I knew it was going to be an insanely good day. The staff possesses such a great energy that it's infectious. You can't NOT be excited for the day ahead.
My Top Tips You Need to Know before Visiting Selvatica
I've written a separate review about my incredible experience at Selvatica which you can read here. Aside from my review, I feel there are a few top tips you should know to enhance your already guaranteed amazing experience. I hope you find them useful. If you have visited Selvatica before and feel like I left anything out be sure to let me know in the comments section below I would love to hear from you.
Top Tip 1 - Bring Snacks and Eat a Hearty Breakfast
It's important to stay fuelled and full of energy for this epic day of adventure. Particularly if you choose the Gimmie All Tour as it lasts 7-8 hours. I know sometimes it can be difficult to fit breakfast in during the morning depending on what time your pick up is.
If you can grab a bite to eat before the day begins, do it! The more energy the better. BONUS TIP: Be sure to get a good nights sleep before zip-lining. The last thing you want is a Coco Bongos hangover when you are trying to traverse aerial bridges. In my experience, it's always better to come prepared rather than under-prepared. Bring snacks. You do get snacks and fruit throughout the day to keep you energized, however, if you are a fussy eater or you have a big appetite you may want or crave something else. Plus, there is quite a lot of physical activity involved in the day' s itinerary. You will climb lots of stairs, and just the physical act of zip-lining can be exhausting in itself. I think it's all the adrenaline. By the time you eat properly again, it will be 3.30 pm - 4.00 pm So if you do like do like to snack, come prepared! It's always good to keep those sugar levels on the up especially in this heat. Due to the hot and humid climate do yourself a favor and stay hydrated the day before and during the day of the activity.
There is water readily available throughout Selvatica, regardless of whether you are thirsty or not drink the water and stay hydrated. There's nothing worse than developing an annoying headache, especially when doing physical activities such as this.
Top Tip 2 Wear Comfortable Clothes and Shoes
If you're not used to the Mexican climate or you've never been here before brace yourself for some of the most intense heat a human can experience. Out of all the countries I have visited in my time Mexico is by far the hottest. Even it says its 84 Fahrenheit it feels like 90. It is hot and humid here largely all year around. To add to that this is a very physical tour, and you are guaranteed to be hot and sweaty by the end of it.
It's different from relaxing on the beach when you're in the jungle your away from the coastal breeze. But not to worry with the right attire you'll enjoy the cool breeze as you zoom through the air, and better yet there's a freshwater cenote waiting for you too cool off in at the end of the day. My suggestions would be:
Comfortable / lightweight shorts.
Loose (light colored) top or T-shirt.
Comfortable lightweight trainers.
There is some uneven terrain in parts so wearing comfortable shoes will definitely serve you well. The harness gear is comfortable but can be a little errrrr shall I say "compromising", at times. So, keep this in mind when picking your wardrobe. You should also plan to take a spare change of clothes with you so you feel fresh on the ride home.
Towards the end of the day, you have the opportunity to take a swim in Cenote Selvatica, so be sure to pack your favorite swim gear, and maybe a waterproof camera or phone case. Don't bring any clothes that are particularly valuable to you as there is a possibility they can get muddy and ruined if it rains. There are lockers onsite where you can store your stuff while you take on the jungle.
Top Tip 3 Biodegradable Sunscreen & Bug Spray
If you are interested in saving the planet then you need to make note of this next tip. Out in the jungle, you are subject to all the elements, not only is very hot and humid there are plenty of mosquitos. Never fear, there are ways to protect yourself! Come armed with ample sunscreen and bug spray. Be sure to re-apply throughout the day as the sweat will wear it off quickly, or make sure you get waterproof protection. When you're high on the platform you may not realize how much you're able to catch the sun and the last thing you want on vacation is to get sunburnt.
However, it's absolutely essential that whatever you put on your skin is biodegradable. Why? Because on this tour you end the day in a beautiful cenote. Cenotes are considered sacred places with precious stalactites and stalagmites. These incredible rock formations have taken millions of years over time to form. Regular sunscreen and bug repellent can seriously damage the surface beyond repair.
Help to conserve and protect this beautiful natural environment by choosing to go biodegradable.
Top Tip 4 Prepare for a Very Physical Tour
For the majority of people about to embark on this tour, I'm predicting that you are the adventurous sort? Regardless of whether you're used to physical activities or not the climate here can be very different to the one you know back home. Be prepared. During the Gimmie All tour, you'll be climbing stairs, zooming around on zip lines, traversing aerial bridges, swimming around in a cenote and more.
Selvatica is celebrated largely for its zip-lines because it's what makes the attraction so unique (and they are pretty freaking awesome). They are not the generic sort where you ride the same line over and over again. At Selvatica much thought has gone into creating the most varied and personal experience of them all. The creators sure do know how to have fun.
At Selvatica you'll encounter not 1 but 5 types of DIFFERENT zip-lines. They include:
1. Tanzania AKA The Human Roller-Coaster
Hailed the The Human Roller-Coaster Tanzania is an epic zipline track that not only zooms downwards but side to side, and up and down as well. Prepare yourself for many twists and turns on this exhilarating ride at Selvatica.
This zip line runs at a great speed and you'll feel at times as if you are actually on a rollercoaster. Hold on tight, this one was my favorite but it sure does get your adrenaline going.
2. Superflight AKA The Superman Zipline
If someone asked you what your superpower for a day would be, what would you say? I would love to be able to FLY! No more driving anywhere or getting taxis, life would be so much easier.
At Selvatica you can live out your wildest dreams and take on Superman's role for the day. This particular zip line makes you feel as though you are a bird flying through the Mexican jungle. You'll take this zip line on head first as you see the lush surroundings from a completely new angle.
3. Glove Control Zipline
On this ride, the power is in your hands. Using the glove YOU control your own speed. Slow down for a more controlled experience or release your grip for full velocity.
So play around with this one and see what you like best, have fun, and take flight!
4. Upside Down Zipline
This was the one I was most apprehensive about but it turned out to be my favorite. Adrenaline junkies will love this!
The only way to take extreme ziplining to whole other level is to do it again but this time upside down! Yes, that's right I said upside down! It certainly does allow you to see the beautiful jungle from a new perspective. This was the toughest for me, but definitely the most rewarding once I had my feet back on solid ground. You have to try it!
5. Cenote Splash Zipline
Finally, to cap off an epic day of adventure it's time to cool off in one of Mexico's little-known treasures. For those of you who aren't sure what a cenote is they are visually stunning freshwater swimming holes.
Perfect for snorkeling, cooling off, and relaxing. After an epic day of sweaty adventures, you can take a refreshing dip in cenote Selvatica. It's the perfect way to rejuvenate and refresh after such an action-packed day. There is a cenote splash zip line into the cenote so you can fly into the water and make a real splash. It is optional and there are other ways to enter the way if you just want to relax and enjoy the water.
Are you ready to make some memories? Whether you're traveling as a group of friends, family, couple, solo traveler, or business trip, you're guaranteed to have a great time at Selvatica. Hopefully, with these tips will help you to have an even better experience. :) The guides are just simply fantastic and a credit the park owners they go above and beyond to ensure you are having the best time possible. They even take the time to get to know your name which I thought was a very sincere and personal touch. I would definitely recommend this tour to all visitors staying in the region, even the ones that are scared of heights like me. You'll have a great time, meet new and interesting people, and perhaps maybe even conquer a fear or two like me. Now that you've brushed up on these top tip you're all set. What are you waiting for? It's time to go on an adventure!