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Be a 21st-century Indiana Jones on an exploration of ancient Mayan caves and an underground river during the Amazing Secret River shore excursion. Join other Carnival cruisers and enter a fascinating subterranean world that has remained untouched for thousands of years.
After a 30-minute ferry ride from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen on the Mexican Riviera, hop in an air-conditioned van to travel to Río Secreto Natural Reserve. Walk with your guide on a short path through the tropical jungle of birdsong and butterflies to the Mayan Secret River (Río Secreto).
With the help of your expert guides, you and your Carnival cruise mates are outfitted in wetsuits, water shoes, life vests, and helmets with headlamps to navigate the dark spaces of the caverns. Inside the nearly 11½-mile Pool Tunich complex are winding waterways and amphitheaters filled with an array of stalactites and stalagmites formed from limestone and quartz crystals. Gaze at your stunning surroundings as the guide explains how ancient Mayans used these caves as a sacred space for rituals, meditations and ceremonies.
Float in the cool, crystal-clear water, a foot deep at its shallowest and 12 feet at its deepest. Feel the sandy, rock-strewn cave bottom beneath your water shoes. Get ready for “the moment of silence”—when your guides ask you to turn off your headlamps and everyone listens closely to the natural rhythms of the underground world.
Take a break with a delicious lunch of tamales, fried tacos, soup, rice mashed potatoes, salad, and fruit. Then towel off and head to downtown Playa del Carmen for a shopping expedition before returning to your Carnival ship.
Book the Amazing Secret River shore excursion to see the stunning sights of a subterranean river and cave system. This Cozumel shore excursion is an exciting way to add fun ashore to your fun afloat.
This is a mainland shore excursion and may not be available on all sailings or itineraries. Please log in with your Booking # to see if available on your sailing.
Lunch is included.
Enjoy a small group, with only 8-10 people per guide.
A ferry ride takes you to and from Playa del Carmen on the mainland which may be rough at times due to weather conditions.
Bring swimsuit, towel, a change of dry clothes.
The following may not be taken inside the cavern: watches, jewelry, photo or video cameras.
- Medical restrictions: Recent surgeries, pregnant women, heart or respiratory conditions, back, neck or knee problems or guests on medication that carries a warning about any impairment of any physical or mental abilities may not participate.
- For their safety, guests over 250 lbs. may not participate in this excursion.