Underground rivers

Prehistoric sceneries along a stalactite river for you to explore

Swim, float and submerge on underground rivers that nature has created under the Earth. Admire this ancient landscape and let go on an extraordinary experience. As you swim along this stalactite river, you’ll be astonished by a scenery of millions and millions of years in the making.

Natural formations of stalactite and stalagmites are a characteristic of the underground rivers in Cancun and Playa del Carmen thanks to the floor conditions of the Riviera Maya. Cave swimming in Playa del Carmen is a life changing experience. At Xplor, the freshwater will guide the way in an adventurous exploration. You’ll see different exits as you make your way through the river. However, as a personal recommendation, getting all the way through to the final exit is a whole new experience. Those that reach the end will be greeted with a fantastic waterfall that makes every effort worth it. A sight that is bound to make memories and live forever in our minds.

You can take part in the stalactite river swim as many times as you want. There is also a short way for those that are not feeling like swimming all the way through.

  • Use of a life jacket is mandatory at all times.
  • Total swim of 437 yards (400 m).
  • Temperature of the water is 75 °F (24 °C).

You will find guidelines all over the river, designed to show you the way. There are also emergency exits every 109 yards (100 m) in case you need them.