Maya Underworld Explorer

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  • COVID-19protected
  • Trekking
  • Cultural, religious and historic sites
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  • duration 5 hours
  • tour type Group
  • max group size 12
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Go underground and explore the amazing labyrinths that hide beneath Playa del Carmen
  • Swim through turquoisecoloured cenotes
  • See stalactites and stalagmites and learn about these ancient formations
  • Visit a protected area that is home to endangered jaguars
The Maya Underworld Explorer tour starts and ends in Playa Del Carmen. The Maya Underworld Explorer is a trekking tour that takes 5 hours.

Descend into the ancient Maya underworld! On this Playa del Carmen tour, you’ll explore astonishing ancient underground rivers and caves, see otherworldly stalactites and stalagmites, swim in crystal-clear cenotes, and walk through the jungle! You’ll also learn about local history and culture, finishing off with a traditional Maya ceremony.
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Ms. Jill's review for another Urban Adventures tour
5 - Excellent
  • Ms. Jill
  • On Jan 11 2016
“Great fun, fabulous food, wonderful guide in Jesswin. He managed to get us through the crowds, on the Metro and fed”
Mr. Tom's review for another Urban Adventures tour
5 - Excellent
  • Mr. Tom
  • On Nov 19 2015
“3/11/16 tour with Evelyn in downtown Mexico City was great -markets, history, tastings, bus and metro transfers. Wonderful experience, Trip to the pyramids with Rodrigo was also great, also. However, after the pyramids and before dinner with the local family, we had two "sales presentations" for local artist and salsa/liquor manufacturer. Little bit of education; emphasis on buying products. I resented being a captive audience. Everything else associated with the pryamids tour was excellent. Both Evelyn and Rodrigo were very knowledgable and likeable.”
Mr. Harold's review for another Urban Adventures tour
4 - Very Good
  • Mr. Harold
  • On Jan 11 2016
“Good local knowledge - could answer all questions”

Your adventure begins in the traditional setting of El Sangha-Rito. A place where you can grab some coffee or a snack to fuel up for the day. If you do fancy a coffee before the tour, please ensure you get here early because once all your fellow tour participants have arrived we´ll depart for the jungle,  where the fun starts…  

After driving for a couple of minutes on the highway, we'll get off the beaten track and make our way past the entrances to cave systems, onwards into the jungle. Channel your inner Indiana Jones and imagine the treasure that awaits us as we ride through the jungle to our cave of choice. 

Upon arrival at the cave, we will ensure that everyone is equipped with all the right equipment necessary for our trek. At the cave entrance, your guide will talk about the type of cave we’ll be visiting and about how it was formed. A few health and safety guidelines will follow, including how the signal system works to get in and out of the cave.

Do not worry if you have never been caving before, your guide will be on hand to support you. While we will be underground for about 2 to 3 hours, the caves are fairly large and they aren't tight or closed-in. Even travellers with claustrophobia have happily taken part in all the activities without any problems. You won't be expected to swim underwater to reach any of the cave entrances, so you can leave the SCUBA gear at home and relax.

Once we are all ready for the adventure, we will get into the Xibalba (meaning ‘underworld’ in Mayan mythology). Once inside the vast cave, you’ll see stalactites, stalagmites, limestone columns and astonishing sinkholes. It’s like some beautiful alien world, it really is quite spectacular.  Your guide, who has expert knowledge of these caves, will teach you about all the different types of incredible limestone formations. 

Walking along beautiful subterranean streams and swimming across turquoise cenotes, we will reach passageways in the limestone that open into large caves along the AXL system. By the end of your caving experience, you will feel like a real ‘goonie’ (or explorer)!

After the facts, science, and myths of the cave, we will head back to our starting point. Back on dry land, there will be facilities to dry yourself off.

We will have time to relax, enjoy the fresh jungle air and sunlight, and have a snack. Don’t forget to ask your local expert guide for more tips on what else to see, do and eat while you’re in town.

  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Helmet and lamp rental
  • Water shoes
  •  park admission
  • One snack  and one bottle of water.
  • Wetsuit/swimsuit
  •  additional food and drinks
  • travel insurance
  • tips/gratuities for your guide.  
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Cancellation for this Maya Underworld Explorer tour is free up to 48 hours before the chosen start date - full refund will be given. If cancellation is made less than 48 hours before the chosen start date, no refund applies.


For any tour departures within 03 March 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 03 March 2021, a deposit of 100% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 0 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Maya Underworld Explorer tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Maya Underworld Explorer tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Meeting start point :

El Sangha-Rito. Address: MZA 58 LTE 5, Avenida C.T.M 5, Zazil-ha, Luis Donaldo Colosio, 77720 Playa del Carmen, Q.R.

Meeting end point :

El Sangha-Rito

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour follows established guidelines that are in line with the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ framework against COVID-19.
  • This tour follows the local government(s) recommendations for gatherings and group sizes.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing is highly encouraged on this tour. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected.
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