The Ultimate Playa del Carmen Zipline Guide (2023)
Looking for the best ziplining in Playa del Carmen? You’ve come to the right guide!
Playa del Carmen is located in the heart of the Mayan jungle, making it the perfect ziplining destination if you are up for an adrenaline rush!
I’m a travel blogger that lives in Playa del Carmen, and I’ve been able to personally experience all the best places to go zip lining in Riviera Maya.
In this post, I’m sharing the top places to go ziplining in Playa del Carmen, including the best adventure parks and zipline tours, as well as helpful information and tips for first timers.
Read on for my ultimate Playa del Carmen zipline guide!
About Ziplines in Playa del Carmen
Ziplining is one of the top things to do in Riviera Maya and is the perfect opportunity to get an aerial view of the region’s jungle landscape.
Here’s what you need to know about Playa del Carmen ziplines:
What is ziplining like in Playa del Carmen?
Ziplining in Playa del Carmen typically centers around the Mayan jungle. The terrain in this part of Mexico is mostly flat, with a few jutting structures.
The flatness actually makes ziplining here extra fun—the longest zipline extends over 400 yards! Depending on your location, you may even fly over or dip into water or cenotes.
Where can you zipline in Playa del Carmen?
Playa del Carmen adventure parks are the best places to zipline, as they hold international safety certifications and employ professionally trained guides.
The majority of adventure parks are integrated into Playa del Carmen’s natural surroundings, so you’ll be out in the jungle.
Aside from the adventure parks, you can also book Playa del Carmen zipline tours for a more all inclusive experience with transportation and additional activities included.
Are the zip lines safe in Playa del Carmen?
Yes, all the zip lines I’ve done in Playa del Carmen have secure harnesses and sophisticated safety mechanisms, which brake with little to no effort from the rider.
Rest assured the zip lines are well-maintained and regularly checked on. And don’t worry about lack of experience – they’ll start you off with securing your harness, helmet, and giving you a full safety briefing.
How old do you have to be to zipline in Playa del Carmen?
You typically have to be at least 5 years old, and have a minimum height of 3.6 feet (1.1 meters) to zipline in Mexico.
Some ziplining companies require smaller kids under the age of 8 to ride tandem with an adult (at least 18 years old) with weight restrictions. Be sure to check in with your chosen operator.
How much does it cost to zipline in Playa del Carmen?
Prices vary depending on whether you’re just ziplining or paying for additional activities.
Expect to pay around $100–$130 USD per adult and around half the price for kids, which is the average going rate for most adventure parks.
What’s included in Playa del Carmen zipline excursions?
Most ziplines in Playa del Carmen are full-day excursions after factoring in transportation and set up.
Depending on whether you’re adventuring solo or via tour packages, many zipline Playa del Carmen experiences include:
- A full circuit of the ziplines
- Off-road activities like swimming in a cenote
- Lunch, snacks, and beverages
- Roundtrip transportation from your hotel
- Safety equipment including harnesses and helmets
Best Adventure Parks to Zipline near Playa del Carmen
These are the most popular adventure parks where you can zipline in Playa del Carmen Mexico.
When booking, be sure to check transportation options if hotel pickup is needed.
Xplor Adventure Park
Xplor Adventure Park offers the absolute best ziplines in Playa del Carmen, and is also one of the world’s most visited adventure parks.
The park’s two zipline circuits will take you soaring through the jungle and ending with water landings. And with 14 ziplines in total, it offers something for everyone.
You don’t have to take the highest Xplor zip line (a towering 150 feet high) to feel the thrill! There are also tandem ziplines if you’re scared of doing it alone.
Xplor Park is a full-day adventure park experience, where you can also drive amphibious vehicles, swim through underwater caves, and participate in a variety of adrenaline pumping activities.
Plus, a buffet lunch and non-alcoholic beverages are included. Xplor is one of my favorite Xcaret parks and gets my vote for the best zipline in Playa del Carmen!
👉 Book Xplor tickets on the official website by clicking here!
After 5:30PM, Xplor Adventure Park transforms into its nighttime persona known as Xplor Fuego.
At Xplor Fuego, you’ll get to do all of the same activities as Xplor–only at night. The park is lit up with bonfires and torches and accented with red and orange hues to add a mysterious fiery element.
You’ll get to zipline under the stars and even soar through an intense fire ring! Xplor Fuego is a great option if you’re looking a unique nighttime adventure.
👉 Book Xplor Fuego tickets on the official website by clicking here!
Xavage Adventure Park
Xavage might sound savage, but the suspended walkways and zipline circuit are so smooth you literally glide through air.
With the longest horizontal zipline in Cancun, Xavage offers a Superman-style horizontal zipline where you’ll be flying for 400 yards.
It’s perfect for first-timers as it embraces a relaxing feel instead of the usual thrills.
Other adrenaline-pumping activities at Xavage include an intense ropes course, monster trucks, a high-speed jet boat, and white water rafting.
👉 Book Xavage tickets on the official website by clicking here!
Cenote Zapote Eco-Park
The most beautiful Riviera Maya zipline course is arguably the one at Cenote Zapote Eco-Park.
The zipline circuit is completely embraced by nature, with resting platforms built around tree trunks.
In addition, the park is home to 4 refreshing cenotes, and even 1 with a makeshift overwater zipline where you can drop into the water.
This Playa del Carmen zipline park is best for those who want a more natural and less commercialized experience.
👉 Book the best Cenote Zapote tour by clicking here!
Aktun Chen Park
Just a short drive away from Tulum, Mexico, is a tropical rainforest that houses a top-tier adventure park.
Aktun Chen Park brings you into the heart of the forest, from snorkeling in underwater tunnels to zooming through the foliage.
This zipline near Playa del Carmen is almost hidden from the eye, suspension bridges connecting four zip lines in total.
You’ll swoop through the canopy at 25 feet above ground, with equipment that caters to both kids and adults.
Experienced instructors will coach first-timers through the process – you just have to sit back and enjoy the thrilling ride.
👉 Book Aktun Chen tickets on the official website by clicking here!
Emotions Native Park Playa del Carmen
Another forested zipline in Riviera Maya is situated within Emotions Native Park.
Three tree-anchored lines let you skim over vegetation and depending on which line you take, you may be flipping past the leaves or “free-floating” in the air.
Generally, visitors spend an entire day touring Emotions Native Park. Ziplining is a great follow-up activity after a short nature hike.
You may also hop into a cenote to cool down after your sweat-inducing ziplining experience.
👉 Book Emotions Native Park tickets by clicking here!
Best Zipline Tours in Playa del Carmen
Aside from visiting one of the adventure parks, you can also book a zipline tour for a more all inclusive experience with additional activities included.
Here are some of the top-rated zipline tours in Playa del Carmen:
Ziplines, ATVs, and Cenote Swim
This action-packed Playa del Carmen zipline tour is a full-day venture through the Mayan jungle.
Starting with an ATV joyride (solo or doubled up), you’ll likely get muddied up before being transported to a sacred cultural place: a freshwater cenote.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can Tarzan-swing into the water or simply climb into the natural cenote. You’ll be able to cool off and refresh with a dip before the challenging zipline circuit.
👉 Book the Playa del Carmen Zipline Tour by clicking here!
Riviera Maya Jungle Tour
No Playa del Carmen zipline jungle park adventure rivals this Riviera Maya Jungle Tour.
Jump straight into action with an off-road ATV drive through unpaved paths, then hop onto the ziplines.
Adrenaline-junkies will love the 1 kilometer-long flight. Follow up by rappelling down limestone walls and into fresh cenotes.
To end on a high note, you get to take part in a traditional temazcal (sauna-like) ceremony – a totally unique ending to the usual adventure tour.
👉 Book the Riviera Maya Jungle Tour by clicking here!
Private Snorkeling and Ziplines Tour
Consider customizing a private snorkeling and zipline tour with Kay Tours that offers solo and group adventure packages.
You’ll first enjoy an extensive snorkeling session at the National Marine Park of Puerto Morelos – famous for its vibrant reef formations.
Once you’re done swimming with the stingrays, sea turtles, and lobsters, embark on a cenotes tour along the famous Ruta de Los Cenotes.
Not only do you get to swim in these cenotes, 5 optional ziplines are available for you to skim over the treetops.
I personally went on this private Cenote Zapote tour–it was so fun! You can read all the highlights here.
👉 Book the Private Snorkeling, Cenotes, and Zipline tour by clicking here!
What to Bring on a Zipline Tour
Here are a few items I would recommend bringing on a zipline tour:
- Biodegradable sunscreen: Be sure to bring biodegradable sunscreen to avoid sunburns while staying eco-friendly.
- Insect repellent: You’ll also want to bring insect repellent, which is a must when out in the jungle.
- Water shoes: Most zipline tours are combined with water activities or a cenote swim, so it’s a good idea to wear water shoes, which will also stay on while ziplining.
- GoPro or action camera: Bring a GoPro or action camera to capture your sky-high adventure! For safety reasons, it’s best to keep your hands free when ziplining but you can still attach it to your wrist or use a chest mount.
- A change of clothes: You’ll also want to bring a change of clothes, especially if you’re doing a water activity. Your clothes may also get dirty from all the climbing and trekking you’ll be doing.
- Extra cash: Bringing a little extra cash is always a good idea for additional costs like locker rentals, souvenirs, tips, or other things you may end up renting or buying.
Playa del Carmen Zipline Tour Tips
Here are a few tips for ziplining in Playa del Carmen:
- Combine ziplining with other adventure activities: For a full day adventure experience, combine ziplining with other adventure activities like riding ATVs or visiting a cenote.
- Wear a swimsuit and athletic shorts: To be most comfortable, wear a one-piece swimsuit and close fitting shorts or yoga pants as the harness can be bulky and fits better on top of tight fitting clothes.
- Be prepared for a full day experience: The activities themselves may take 5 hours but travel time often gets extended depending on the number of pick-ups and drop-offs.
- Don’t be scared: I have a slight fear of heights and all the ziplines I’ve done in Playa del Carmen have felt super safe and secure.
Ziplining in Playa del Carmen: FAQs
Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Playa del Carmen ziplining:
The best zipline tours in Playa del Carmen are:
– Ziplines, ATVs, and Cenote Swim
– Riviera Maya Jungle Tour
– Private Snorkeling and Ziplines Tour
The best adventure parks for ziplining in Playa del Carmen are at Xplor or Xplor Fuego.
Yes, it’s possible to wear jeans to zipline, however it’s much too warm to wear jeans in Playa del Carmen. You’ll most likely be getting wet so you’ll want to wear a swimsuit and waterproof shorts.
No, there are no ziplines at Xcaret Park. Ziplining can be done at other Xcaret parks including Xplor, Xplor Fuego, Xavage, or Xenses.
Yes, Xel-Ha does have overwater ziplines but does not have any ziplining in the jungle.
Conclusion: Playa del Carmen Zipline Guide
I hope this Playa del Carmen ziplining guide was helpful in learning about all the best places to go ziplining in Mexico’s Riviera Maya. The region’s rich jungle landscapes make it the perfect ziplining destination.
My top pick for ziplining in Playa del Carmen is at Xplor adventure park, which has the highest ziplines in all of Riviera Maya.
Or if you’re up for a unique nighttime adventure, consider booking tickets to go ziplining under the stars at Xplor Fuego.
No matter where you choose to go ziplining, you are sure to have an a memorable experience and epic adrenaline rush!
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