Underground Rivers Tickets

underground rivers in mexico
What is Underground Rivers ?
Underground Rivers in Mexico are indeed rivers flowing under the ground level finding its way to the sea. There are connected and run through the Riviera Maya and part of the Yucatan state. They are crystal clear freshwater bodies and used to be sacred for the Mayas. What has been discovered so far, is that the underground river system runs from over 153 km (over 95 miles) under the jungle. In fact, the underground river system in Riviera Maya is the longest in the world. In some parts, the collapse of limestone bedrock has left the water to expose forming what we call Cenotes.
Where is Underground Rivers located ?
Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, Mexico

The underground rivers in Mexico are located in Riviera Maya. They are in fact four major systems conected. They run under the jungle along the coast and can be found at deptht as 50 to 100 m (160 to 330 ft) below the ground level:

  • System Ox Bel Ha
  • System Sac Actun
  • System Nohoch Nah Chich and 
  • System Dos Ojos

The biggest underground river system in the world is “Sac Actun” which means “white cave.” It is located in Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo.

Despite what it sounds like, the underground rivers are not scary at all. There are beautiful places instead. There are freshwater formations that run underground to the ocean. Their flow is almost imperceptible. It is more like the water will not be moving at all. The water is cool and crystal clear most of the time it looks blue. You can clearly see the bottom.

On these days we know the water runs to the ocean thanks to brave divers that have to follow the caves till the end just to end their adventure in the ocean. We must say diving in the caves is not for everybody. Only highly trained and specialized divers are allowed. Do not try it on your own!

On the other hand, there are plenty of fun and safe activities to do in the underground rivers in Mexico.

We can name the underground rivers in different ways, depending on how they look like and the kind of access we have to the water.

Underground rivers in Mexico: Cenotes

We call them cenotes when their roof is collapsed and they look more like an open natural pool. In these cases, you can access the water plunging from a wall or just walking in. Cenotes are beautiful sinkholes usually in the middle of the jungle. You will prefer cenotes if you are a bit claustrophobic.

Underground rivers in Mexico: Caves

We call them caves when the water is still underground. The access to the caves is usually through a stairway, or if you are more intrepid, in some cases you can rappel down.

Caves are amazing because sometimes you enter through a narrow hole or entrance just to find a huge vault inside. Most of the time is hard to believe your eyes due to the stalactites formations inside.

Do not worry, there is just the perfect cave for every level of adventure you want to live. From 0 to 100 adventure level.

Now that you know more about the underground rivers in Mexico, you can choose the best adventure for you. You can finds tours to the underground rivers with departures from Riviera Maya, Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and Merida.

Very popular: Cenote Diving in Riviera Maya

All Underground Rivers Tickets and Tours

Enigmatic Waters Xenotes Tour
Live and adventure into the Sacred Mayan Cenotes in Riviera Maya. The Xenotes tour will fill your day with beautiful natural settings, exciting activities, and the perfect touch of relaxation at 3 different types of cenotes.
9 hours
Price per person
Available in:
Riviera Maya/Cancun/Playa del Carmen
From
$129.99
USD
Cenote Diving in Riviera Maya
Scuba Diving has never been this exciting! Gear up and live the unique experience of Cenote diving in Riviera Maya. Because one will not be enough, this is a 2 tank trip.
5 hours
Price per person
Available in:
Cancun/Riviera Maya/Playa del Carmen
From
$150.00
USD
5 Day Riviera Maya Archaeological Tour From Cancun
Live 5 amazing days exploring the main archaeological sites in Riviera Maya and Yucatan. Discover the best of the Mayan culture as the guides take you around into the Mayan world. Learn and explore during this archaeological tour and enjoy as well the sun and beach in Cancun. Get the best of the Yucatan Peninsula.
5 days
Price per person
Available in:
Cancun
From
$651.00
USD
Xplor Park All Inclusive with Transportation
A day full of adventures in the Riviera Maya jungle and underground rivers. Transportation provided.
8 hours
Price per person
Available in:
Cancun/Playa del Carmen/Riviera Maya
From
$149.99
USD
Xplor Park All Inclusive Entrance Ticket
A day full of adventures in the Riviera Maya jungle and underground rivers.
variable
Price per person
Available in:
Playa del Carmen
From
$129.99
USD
Xelha Park All inclusive with Transportation
Visit the world's biggest natural aquarium. Transportation provided.
12 hours
Price per person
Available in:
Cancun/Riviera Maya/Playa del Carmen
From
$129.99
USD
Xelha Park All Inclusive Entrance Ticket
Visit the world's biggest natural aquarium
variable
Price per person
Available in:
Riviera Maya
From
$99.99
USD
Xcaret Park with Transportation
Visit the most spectacular Park in Mexico. The best of the tropical nature mixed with the Mayan culture. Transportation provided.
12 hours
Price per person
Available in:
Cancun/Playa del Carmen/Riviera Maya
From
$129.99
USD
Xcaret Park Entrance Ticket
The most spectacular Park in Mexico. The best of the tropical nature mixed with the Mayan culture. A taste of all Mexico in the same piece of paradise.
variable
Price per person
Available in:
Playa del Carmen
From
$89.99
USD

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