The discovery, development and start of operations of Rio Secreto represents a watershed in the history of tourism in Quintana Roo.
This natural reserve is a system of caves and a large underground river located 5 kilometers south of Playa del Carmen, and is without a doubt the longest non-flooded cave in the Yucatan Peninsula. The length of this underground river makes it unique , but possibly its main and most beautiful characteristic is that this is a semi-flooded cave that can be covered fully by waking or swimming, without the need of specialized training, which is usually the case for cave exploring.
Rio Secreto will soon become into a destination as important as Tulum, Coba, Chichen-Itza or Xel-Ha, because of its special characteristics, its natural beauty, diversity and its strict standards of sustainable tourism.
“We have ben asked why this new destination does not have a Mayan name, and we say that we baptized it Rio Secreto (Secret River) because it is a river and because for thousands of years it was a well-kept secret for Quintana Roo residents and the millions of tourists that visit this prodigious land each year”: Francisco Cordoba.
Small groups of six people can access the routes available and the ones being opened, joined by two specialized guides: the main guide and the photographer-guide. This way visitor’s safety is guaranteed, as well as keeping the visits as personal, magical experiences and ensuring that the beauty of this natural wonder can be passed down to future generations.
Also, Rio Secreto complements perfectly a visit to Tulum or Coba. Either the Tulum-Rio Secreto or the Coba-Rio Secreto packages are the best combination for people visiting Cancun or the Mayan Riviera, as a way of mixing natural and cultural experiences.
Rio Secreto is directed by Francisco Cordoba Lira, who has been the promoter, partner, creator and general director of Xel-Ha, Garrafon, Cañon del Sumidero, as well as partner and executive director of Xcaret. He is currently a partner at Delphinus and shareholder with Alltournative. Rio Secreto comes to complement the natural tourist offer in the Mexican Caribbean, offering one of the most magical, mystical, spiritual, cultural and adventurous experience that have been made in Quintana Roo.