Jungle Flights and Splashing Descents
Pause to admire the view from high above the jungle, then step from the tower to discover how birds must feel. Take flight again and again on a network of wires that leapfrogs across a landscape riddled with hidden caves and freshwater pools etched into limestone chasms. Test your nerve with a vertical rappel into an underground chamber, and end the day's adventures with a swooping ride that plunges through a waterfall and splashes down in a pool of water 20 feet below the jungle floor. All this and more awaits just a short distance away from the resorts of the Riviera Maya.
- Best for: Everyone, from budget to luxury travellers, spa enthusiasts, to soft and rugged adventureres
- Best season to visit: Year round
- Weather: Tropical, with winter temperatures in the mid70s, and summer highs reaching into the 90s. East trade winds cool beachside locations. May to December sees passing rain showers, while February to early May tends to be drier
Riviera Maya Information
Ziplining in Riviera Maya Overview
The jungles of the Yucatan peninsula sit atop a landscape riddled with limestone sinkholes and underground rivers. This creates a unique environment for creative zipline courses, which not only run above and through the tree canopies, but also continue below ground level to send riders into caverns, where rides may end with a splash in a freshwater pool.
Ziplining in Riviera Maya Tips
In addition to ziplines, the park offers related adventures such as a rope rappels that drops more than 60 feet from an elevated tower to the jungle floor. Another exciting descent that shouldn't be missed is the hammock-like sling than cradles riders as they drop into an underground river.
Best Places for Ziplining in Riviera Maya
Several miles south of the beach town of Playa Del Carmen, a series of towers rise above the jungle. Here, riders can clip into glide along more than two miles of single and tandem lines, soaring at heights of up to 150 feet and reaching speeds of 30 kilometers an hour.
What to Pack for Ziplining in Riviera Maya
Wear close-toed shoes and comfortable loose-fitting clothing that won't bind or bunch up under the straps of a zipline harness. Empty pockets of important personal items, or wear clothing with pockets that zip or button. Add a wrist strap to cameras to prevent dropping. It's best to leave hat behind.
Passport and/or Visa Requirements
Entry Requirements: All U.S. citizens are required to present a valid, undamaged passport. Visas are not required for stays less than 180 days. One blank page is required in your passport for the entry stamp.
Exit Requirements: All persons leaving the Riviera Maya, pay a Government Departure Tax of approximately USD $30, which should be included in your International ticket.
Vaccinations are not required for entry into Mexico. Check with your doctor and the Centers for Disease Control on recommended vaccinations for travel at cdc.gov.
Culture and Customs
From ancient Mayan cities to strobe-lit dance clubs, and jungle-clad swimming holes to five-star beach resorts, the attractions of the Riviera Maya run the full gamut. Cancun is one of the western hemisphere's most celebrated vacation destinations, with dazzling beaches flanked by luxury resorts, clubs and upscale eateries. A half-hour to the south, the lively avenues and beach clubs of Playa del Carmen are a favorite with both backpackers and jet setters. Along a 50-mile stretch of the coast, roadside entrance gates lead through coastal greenery to exclusive golf and beach resorts, while farther on, the eclectic seaside village of Akumal remains old-school Caribbean. At the southern end of the resort corridor, the village of Tulum and its namesake beach are a favorite winter haunt of East Coast sophisticates, but savvy budget travelers can still find hostels and campgrounds that cater to the wanderers of the world. English, French, Dutch and German are often heard along the beaches, but areas to the left of Highway 307 are pure Mexico, where tacos or a helado treat can still be purchased from a street vendor for a few pesos, and life proceeds at a more relaxed and accommodating pace.
Electricity, Phone and Internet Access
Electricity in Mexico is 120 volts, 60 cycle, so no adapter will be needed for U.S. visitors. The country code for the Yucatan is 52. Check with your service provider for long distance plans. Internet service is available at many hotels, restaurants, bars and shops.
Most restaurants and bars in tourist locations use purified water. Outside of resorts, be cautious with ice in drinks or vegetables which may have been washed in tap water. Bottled water is available for purchase and is recommended for drinking and brushing teeth.
Language & Currency
Spanish is the official language of Mexico, although English is widely spoken. The local currency is the Mexican Peso (MXN). Due to new regulations, merchants and business can no longer exchange U.S. Dollars for Pesos. That must be done at a currency exchange office. U.S. credit cards are widely accepted. Check the current exchange rate here.
Mexico spans four different time zones. February 15, 2015, the state of Quintana Roo, which includes the Riviera Maya changed to Eastern Standard Time Zone (Zona Sureste). Riviera Maya does not observe Daylight Savings Time which puts it 5 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (-5 GMT),
Location, Size and Population
The Riviera Maya is one of the fastest growing areas in Mexico, located in the state of Quintana Roo. Situated north of Cancun, on the northeast coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, this area includes the areas north of Cancun City including Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Puerto Morelos, and Felipe Carrillo Puerto which is 40 kilometers to the south of Tulum. This region is approximately 86 miles long.
The Riviera Maya encompasses a large area with a population estimated around 150,000, with cities like Playa del Carmen with a population of 118,570 and Tulum with a population of 18,370.