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  • Ruins

  • Snorkeling

  • Caves & Cenotes

  • Country & People

  • Animal Encounter

  • Swimming

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Xibalba Adventure Shore Excursion

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Have a real adventure in and beneath the jungle of Yucatan, walk through underground caves, learn about the origin of the caves, admire the stalactites and stalagmites and observe the indigenous animals in the park outside on your way back. In a second cave system you’ll walk through underground rivers and swim in underground cenotes.

What will you see?

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Aktun Chen, is situated close to Akumal in the middle of the Riviera Maya, near Cancun and Playa del Carmen. Visit a spectacular cave that is more than 5 million years old with a great variety of stalactites, stalagmites and columns. This cave is more than 640 yards long, has magnificent vaults, discreet illumination and fixed ways for a comfortable walk, without risking the natural state of the grotto, inside the cave you will also be able to appreciate a beautiful crystal clear water cenote of 36 feet depth.  I will explain how caverns are formed, as well as the use and relation that Mayan civilization had with caves. After leaving the caves you’ll have a walk through Aktunchen’s incredible natural zoo, a unique project in Quintana Roo´s area due to its wide variety of local species. At this 6 acres area of wildlife zoo you will find: white tail deer, wild Collared Peccary, parrots, toucans, oco pheasants, agoutis, sereques, coati mundi, spider monkeys, night mico as well as an attractive serpentarium of the regions serpents. This project is focused in the reproduction and repopulation of the local species.


aktunchen cave 02XIBALBA (The underworld of the Mayan Gods)
Have a real adventure at Rancho Santa Cruz, situated in the jungle close to Akumal in the middle of the Riviera Maya, near Cancun and Playa del Carmen. where you’ll have a short jungle walk of 15 minutes, with some explanations about the flora of the jungle, to the cave entrance.


santa cruz 27Wearing your bathing suit you'll descend 10 feet into the Underworld of the Mayan Gods, a cave system. With a hard hat on your head and a waterproof flashlight in your hand you begin an underground trek. Halfway through your journey into the infra-world under the jungle you enter an underground swimming area where you can have a swim or swing from a Tarzan rope! Swimming and walking you continue your adventurous 45 minute walk, through tunnels and underground rivers up to your belly to exit the infra-world into a large depression.


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5 hours
                                   + 1,5 h for Ferry and taxi from cruise ship to Playa del Carmen and back
SUV or VAN with A/C
What is included?
  • transportation
  • entrance fees
  • guide
  • bottled water
What is not included?
  • tips
  • live west (63.- Pesos)

What to bring?

  • bathing suit
  • extra t-shirt
  • water shoes or closed sandals to walk in the water
  • towel
  • pocket money


Make your reservation

# Persons Price per Person
1 $ 279.00
2 $ 169.00
3 $ 139.00
4 $ 129.00
5 $ 129.00
6 $ 119.00
Please check availability first in calendar above
before choosing a date.
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You can choose more than 6,
the price for 6 persons will apply.

Extra Service

 Pick Up Cozumel

The meetingpoint for all tours is at the ferry dock in Playa del Carmen. But if you prefer I can pick you up right at the cruise port in Cozumel.
An extra charge will apply.

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About me

volkerWhile you’re in your port of call in Cozumel, spend your precious time enjoying  the Riviera Maya on a private shore excursion with Volker, a nature guide with more than 20 years of experience. I am offering private shore excursions for couples, families and groups of friends. I'll show you the authentic Mexican country and its people on tours into nature and out of the way places and I'll tell you all about Mayan and Mexican history. 

Private Tours

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A private shore excursion gives you a more personalized experience than the large excursions offered by the cruise lines.

These tours are very exclusiv and cannot be purchased from the cruise lines.

Shore Excursions

label amazingSpecially tailored to the needs of cruise tourists

The tours start according to the arrival time of the cruise ship. I will ensure your excursion ends with ample time for you to return to Cozumel before the departure of your cruise ship. Please check the ship’s itinerary with that of the tours.

Pick Up in Cozumel

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It is very easy to get to Playa del Carmen. Just take a taxi from the cruise port to the ferry and take the next ferry to Playa del Carmen. I will wait for you at the ferry dock when you arrive there. But if you like I can also come to Cozumel and pick you up right at the cruise port.

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