Aside from the white-sand beaches of Playa del Carmen, the vast majority of the Riviera Maya region is buried within the Mayan jungle.
Little did I know (until my first adventure park visit), there’s an adrenaline-raising way to see it all: ziplining in Playa del Carmen. Who wouldn’t want to soar through tropical jungle landscapes?
Read on for my Playa del Carmen zipline guide to learn everything you need to know about ziplining in Playa del Carmen.
Ziplining is one of the top things to 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:
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.
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.
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.
You 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. Check in with your chosen operator.
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
- Roundtrip transportation from your hotel
- Safety equipment including harnesses and helmets
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.
One of the best ziplines in Playa del Carmen, Xplor Adventure Park, is also one of the world’s most visited. The two circuits circle through jungle and water landings, where a total of 17 ziplines 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.
At Xplor Park, you can also drive ATVs (known as amphibious vehicles) and swim through underwater caves for an adventure-filled day out in Playa del Carmen. Xplor is one of my favorite Xcaret parks and gets my vote for the best zipline in Playa del Carmen.
Travelista Tip: For an after dark zipline experience, check out Xplor Fuego.
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 zipline where you’ll be flying for 400 yards.
It’s perfect for first-timers ziplining in Playa del Carmen 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.
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 experience.
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.
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.
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:
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), your muddied self is then transported to a sacred cultural place: a freshwater cenote.
Tarzan-swing into the water or climb into the natural cenote. You’ll be able to cool off and refresh with a dip before the challenging zipline circuit.
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.
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.
Here are 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.
Here’s a few tips for ziplining in Playa del Carmen:
- For a full day adventure experience, combine ziplining with other adventure activities like riding ATVs or visiting a cenote.
- Wear a swimsuit and close fitting shorts or yoga pants as the harness can be bulky and fits better on top of tight fitting clothes.
- Prepare for it to be a whole-day event–the activities themselves may take 5 hours but travel time often gets extended.
- 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.
Most importantly, have fun! Ziplining is a one of the most adrenaline pumping things to do in Playa del Carmen, and shouldn’t be missed if you’re in the mood for an adventurous excursion while visiting Playa del Carmen or the Riviera Maya.
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