Adventures

2019 ADVENTURES

Explore the Yucatan Peninsula during your SUNDARA trip. Adventures are not included in SUNDARA packages, and are available to book through the Guest Dashboard.


ADVENTURE POLICIES

ATV & ZIPLINES

Get to know some of Mexico’s most picturesque backcountry by flying through a 7-phase zip line circuit and tearing it up in the jungle on a guided ATV tour. This Adventure will be sure to get the adrenaline pumping! Cap off the excitement with a a peaceful dip in a freshwater sinkhole (also known as a “cenote”) – a must-do while in Riviera Maya. We’ll bring that unforgettable day to a close with a late lunch buffet of fantastic local cuisine including grilled chicken, rice, beans, a salad bar, corn chips and hot sauces. Es muy bueno!

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Shuttle departure and return times

  • Approximate departure time – 8 AM
  • Approximate return time – 2 PM

Difficulty rating + explanation

  • 4 out of 5
  • Expect moderate to light hiking. All participants must be able to swim, and be capable of handling a motorized vehicle over long distances.

Distance from resorts

  • Barceló Maya / Palace: 20 minutes

Packing List

  • Swimsuit
  • Biodegradable Sunscreen
  • Towel
  • Comfortable Shoes (flip flops not advised)
  • Water Shoes (optional)
  • Lockers included

Catamaran Catamaya

Explore the dazzling depths of the Caribbean on the snorkeling adventure of a lifetime! Sail from Puerto Aventuras to the second largest coral reef system in the world on a luxury 65-foot catamaran. Swim among hundreds of tropical fish species, turtles, sting rays, and fabulous coral reefs on this guided snorkeling adventure. While you swim, a meal will be prepared on board. Enjoy an exquisite lobster or New York strip steak with a full open bar including mixed drinks, beer, margaritas, soda and purified water.

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Shuttle departure and return times

  • Approximate departure time – 9 AM
  • Approximate return time – 3 PM

Difficulty rating + explanation

  • 1 out of 5
  • Honestly, you’ll spend most of the day kicking back aboard our luxury catamaran, but you must have the ability to swim/snorkel freely if you wish to participate in that portion of the adventure.

Distance from resorts

  • Barceló Maya / Palace: 15 minutes

Packing List

  • Swimsuit
  • Biodegradable Sunscreen
  • Towel
  • Sunglasses
  • Water Shoes
  • Light sweater
  • Lunch Included

Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza is the capital of the ancient Maya empire. Its majestic buildings date back to 435 and 455 BC, and it’s geographically located in the middle of the beautiful Yucatán Peninsula. At this site, declared as one of the 7 Wonders of the World, you can visit magnificent temples such as the Kukulkan Pyramid and the Pok ta Pok ball game court. The Pyramid of Kukulkan is the most impressive temple in Chichen Itza. It’s renowned for the number of tombs beneath its towering 91 steps. After your journey through Mayan history you’ll head towards Valladolid for a wonderful lunch and a refreshing cenote swim at the beautiful Selva Maya.

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Shuttle departure and return times

  • Approximate departure time – 8 AM
  • Approximate return time – 5 PM

Difficulty rating + explanation

  • 1 out of 5
  • You can expect moderate to light hiking.

Distance from resorts

  • Barceló Maya / Palace: 2 hours 20 minutes

Packing List

  • Hat
  • Biodegradable Sunscreen
  • Comfortable Shoes
  • Swimsuit (optional)
  • Towel (optional)

Jungle Maya

If our adventures have got the explorer in you all fired up, you don’t want to miss the ultimate Jungle Maya tour. Discover the breathtaking Sistema Sac-Actun – the world’s longest underground river! Visit this historic natural landmark and participate in thrilling local activities – snorkel in the Nohoch Nah Chiich cavern, navigate through the forest in an all-terrain vehicle, rappel down into a cenote to swim, and even fly over the jungle on a 5-phase zip line circuit!

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Shuttle departure and return times

  • Approximate departure time – 7:30 AM
  • Approximate return time – 2:30 PM

Difficulty rating + explanation

  • 4 out of 5
  • Expect moderate to light hiking, driving in off-road vehicles over uneven terrain, and ziplining . You must have the ability to swim/ snorkel in open water

Distance from resorts

  • Barceló Maya / Palace: 25 minutes

Packing List

  • Swimsuit
  • Biodegradable Sunscreen
  • Towel
  • Comfortable Shoes (Flip Flops not advised)
  • Biodegradable Bug Spray (optional)
  • Lockers included
  • Light Lunch included

Paradise Lagoon

Swim in one of the oldest subterranean river systems in the world! On the Paradise Lagoon adventure you get to explore the incredible Cenote Santuario de los Guerreros. Then you’ll have a one of a kind snorkeling experience at Lagoon Yal-ku where fresh subterranean waters mix with warm tropical Caribbean waters. Light snacks and drinking water will be provided to help sustain you along the way. More Info

Shuttle departure and return times

  • Approximate departure time – 8:30 AM
  • Approximate return time – 2:30 PM

Difficulty rating + explanation

  • 2 out of 5
  • All participants must be able to swim and be capable of treading water for extended periods of time, as well as properly operating snorkeling equipment.

Distance from resorts

  • Barceló Maya / Palace: 25 minutes

Packing List

  • Swimsuit
  • Biodegradable Sunscreen
  • Towel
  • Water shoes (optional)

On-site Purchasing Ability While space on these adventures is extremely limited, guests are allowed to reserve available adventures on-site at our Concierge Desks.

Rio Secreto

If you thought Riviera Maya was beautiful, just wait until you get a look at what’s underneath the hood! Rio Secreto is a natural underground river and cave system filled with a kaleidoscope of stalactites and stalagmites. Embark on a journey back through the ages as you hike and swim through this half-mile route. Marvel in this magical ancient subterranean world that until recently had remained unexplored and untouched for millions of years.

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Shuttle departure and return times

  • Approximate departure time – 10 AM
  • Approximate return time – 3:30 PM

Difficulty rating + explanation

  • 4 out of 5
  • Expect numerous hours underground navigating these underwater caves. Must have the ability to swim. Not recommended for people with claustrophobia.

Distance from resorts

  • Barceló Maya / Palace: 15 minutes

Packing List

  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Water Shoes
  • Lockers included
  • Light Lunch included

Tulum Day Trip

Tulum is one of the most idyllic towns in Mexico and a must-visit when you’re in Riviera Maya. With an extraordinary blend of unspoiled beaches, intimate clubs and bars, ancient Mayan architecture, and languid laid-back vibes – there’s nowhere quite like it. Tulum is situated on the eastern coast of the Yucatán Peninsula and it served as the major port for the ancient city of Coba. Your day starts with a little bit of history at one of the last inhabited Mayan temples which were built over 600 years ago. After checking out the ruins, you can then head to Villa Pescadores – our official beach club hang spot where you can relax on sugar-white sands, enjoy a couple of cold ones, grab a bite (we highly recommend the ceviche and the rock shrimp), or take a dip in the Caribbean Sea. Please note: food, drink, and admission into the ruins are not included, only transportation to and from your resort. This Adventure is free-roaming style. That being said, our Adventure tour guides will be located all over the site in order to answer your questions, point you in the right direction, and coordinate your shuttles back to the resort. There is so much to see in Tulum and we recommend that you explore as much as you can at your own pace. More Info

Shuttle departure and return times

  • Approximate departure time – 9:30 AM
  • Approximate return time – 3:30 PM

Difficulty rating + explanation

  • 1 out of 5
  • You can expect moderate to light walking.

Distance from resorts

  • Barceló Maya / Palace: 35 minutes

Packing List

  •  Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable Shoes

On-site Purchasing Ability While space on these adventures is extremely limited, guests are allowed to reserve available adventures on-site at our Concierge Desks.

Xel Ha

Spend an action-packed day exploring Xel-Há, the world’s largest natural aquarium park! Enjoy full-day access to the park and more than 20 incredible activities and attractions. Swim and snorkel with more than 90 marine species, Huck Finn your way through cenotes and mangrove trees, cliff dive, traverse rivers on ropes and zip lines, explore history on jungle trains, or just kick it with a drink on Hammock Island. As always, breakfast, lunch, and drinks are included. More Info

Shuttle departure and return times

  • Approximate departure time – 9 AM
  • Approximate return time – 3:30 PM

Difficulty rating + explanation

  • 2 out of 5
  • You can choose your own adventure at this park, so swimming levels of all types are welcome. Expect moderate walking distances.

Distance from resorts

  • Barceló Maya Palace: 25 minutes

Packing List

  • Swimsuit
  • Biodegradable Sunscreen
  • Towel
  • Water Shoes
  • Hat
  • Lockers included
  • Lunch and Drinks included