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What a day at Xplor park is like

Zip lines, cave swiming and more!

Xplor playa del Carmen

Xplor Playa Del Carmen is just 6 KM south of Playa Del Carmen on the highway. This is one of the more popular day activities especially among the adventurous type. Here is our guide n how you can maximize your time there and even get a discount for entry!

Xplor Playa Del Carmen

This is an all day adventure park that will add to your enjoyment of your vacation in Playa Del Carmen. The park is very well laid out and the series of tunnels, caves, paths, water features and vegetation that  take you to a separate world of excitement and adventure in the Riviera Maya. Xplor is part of the same family of parks as Xcaret, Xel-ha, Xenotes, and Xochimilco

Arriving at Xplor Playa Del Carmen

When you first arrive you will check in and pay if you have not bought a ticket already.

Tip: Get to the Xplor early. The park has enough activities to keep you busy all day and you want to have time to enjoy all the park and relax as well.  It opens at 9:00am. Most people arrive early, so lines will be longer. You can always get a jump on them by arriving first thing.

You will sign a safety waiver. Don’t worry, the park takes safety very seriously and is a top notch park in this regard. You will also be given a safety helmet that you are to wear everywhere in the park except while eating. The cool thing is that there is a chip in the helmet. In various parts of the park there are cameras that capture your photo. In other parts of the park there are TV screens you can stand in front of and it reads your helmet’s chip and shows just your photos. At the end of the day you can buy these photos. It is not cheap but if you did not bring a water camera and want the memories, then it is priceless, right?

First thing to do at Xplor are the lockers

The first stop is probably the lockers. You can store your stuff and prepare for your day. You can go barefoot but it is recommended you wear some shoes. Flip flops or loose sandals are not recommended since they can fall off while you are doing activities like the zip lines. You will get wet on most activities, so bring a towel to dry off at the end of the day. No towels are provided. Lockers are free.

Tip: Aqua socks are the best footwear for this park in our opinion. You can get wet and also have some protection for walking around. If you do have sandals with an ankle strap these can work well also. You can go barefoot as most paths are smooth but you do need shoes for the driving activity.

Getting around Xplor Park

The park is fairly easy to navigate. There is a giant heart sculpture in the center that makes a beating sound. You will crisscross this area during the day en route to other parts of the park. If you get lost the staff is easy to find and very helpful for getting you to where you want to go. Part of the adventure is finding the small paths and taking the tunnels, following the signs to the activity you want to do.

Tip: Most people go to do the zip lines first. The line is longer and it takes a while to get the flow going of people going from tower to tower. Instead of going with the herd, try one of the other activities first. In the afternoon the lines are always shorter.

What activities are there in Xplor Playa Del Carmen?

The activities include:

  • Zip lines (two different routes).
  • Driving on a trails in the woods that includes tunnels and fun features.
  • Swimming in a cave on a lighted circular trail.
  • Paddling a raft in the caves.

You can do all the activities once and if there is availability you can do them again. Usually is not a problem to repeat an activity.

Xplor Playa Del Carmen

Restaurants and food and Xplor

With all the activity you will work up an appetite and there is a buffet open from 11am-5pm. The food is good and highlights some local Mexican cuisine as well and international favorites. You can eat lunch and stop back for a snack if you like. There is a smoothie bar in the park as well where you can get great shakes and fruit juices.

Tip: Bring a waterproof camera and wear biodegradable sunscreen. This is good for all water activities in the Yucatan and especially cenotes and eco parks. They are a delicate eco system and we can all help protect them by using biodegradable sunscreen and bug spray if you use it.

Tip: If you come by bus tour or group you will probably leave earlier then you would if you drive yourself or take a colective or taxi. So you can maximize your time if you provide your own transportation. See our info on how to take colectivos information here.

Photos at Xplor Playa Del Carmen

At the end of the day you can shop at the gift shop or look over your photos that were taken in the park of you. This park is a guaranteed good time for all. (Note that if you have smaller children there may be limitations on some activities. Older visitors can engage in any activity they feel up to. There is plenty of overlooks, hammocks and chairs to relax in).

Xplore Playa Del Carmen

How much are tickets to Xplor?

We are an official affiliate of Xplor and offer a button below to buy tickets. This link will take you to the official site of Xplor and parent company Xcaret. You will get the best possible prices here and save more if you buy in advance. Prices for adults are normally $139 USD but if you click the Book Now button you can save 15%!

If you want a more adventurous time at Xplor, try going at night! Check it out in the link below!

Xplor Fuego takes you to the adventure at night. Zip-lines, ATV’s, underground rivers and unlimited buffet under the stars make a whole new experience you must live. Buy on-line now and get up to 15% off.
Have you been to Xplor Playa Del Carmen? What did you like about it? Do you have some tips for fellow readers? We would love to hear from you in the comment section below.

46 Comments on What a day at Xplor park is like

  1. Sandra Meyer // June 22, 2016 at 7:15 AM // Reply

    I think you guys have been to Xplor a lot! Haha You seem to know the park very well. Thanks for the tips. We are going to Xplor this next when in Playa Del Carmen.

    • Mr.Yucatan // June 22, 2016 at 7:20 AM // Reply

      Hello Sandra. Yes we have been to Xplor many time! And we enjoy it each time to! We hope you have a great time on the zip lines, swimming and driving around in the woods!

  2. Mailik Dane // July 18, 2016 at 12:50 AM // Reply

    Xplor is a blast as you zip through waterfalls and swim in ancient caves. The food is good for lunch and the park is a maze. Loved it and will go back next year to Xplor.

  3. Manfred Reinhart // July 20, 2016 at 10:57 AM // Reply

    Xplor is a great park for the family. I like taking my boys there and letting them wear themselves out on the zip lines. We always have a good time as a family there. it is a lot of climbing and walking but the park is beautiful. I don’t think there is much more that they can do to make this park better. The one tip I would give is not to go on a cold day because the water sports are not as refreshing.

  4. Oscar Kenton // July 30, 2016 at 9:22 AM // Reply

    Xplor is so amazing! We love the zip lines and are always having such a good time there. The park is designed so well it is guaranteed to give you a good experience. Xplor is something we look forward to going to each year and the kids just love it.

  5. I loved the two lines of zip lines here at Xplor. We spent the day there and loved it. Thanks for your review here. I will definitely be back.

  6. Great article. We liked the food at xplor. We went to Xplor on the colectivo and saved money by reading your article. Thanks

  7. Hope Gilbertson // August 20, 2016 at 1:20 PM // Reply

    We have been to both Aventuras Maya zip lines and Xplor zip lines and Xplor is way better! The people selling the tours said you got the same thing for cheaper at Aventuras Maya but that is not true. The Xplor park is laid out much better, has higher lines, zip line through waterfalls and much more! Xplor park is great. I cannot wait to go back there.

  8. Thanks for the write up here about Xplor. We have been looking to maybe go there and not sure if it was good.

  9. I remember the food and eating in the restaurant at Xplor. I loved the music and the buffet was really good. I know that is a weird thing to remember but the fresh juices and things were perfect for being in the jungle and active.

  10. We love starting with the zip lines on the left and then coming back to the second one right afterward so you do not have to take off your harness. The lines are a little long but it moves fast. Xplor is a maze with tunnels and caves. It is super fun to explore. Make sure you get there early since it can take all day just to get around and do all the activities. We will definitely be going back to Xplor this year!

    • Hello Tracy

      Thanks for your comments and tips. We are glad you had a good time at Xplor and going back this year. We will be bringing you more stories from Xplor this year, so stay tuned! There is always something new being added there.

  11. L. Carpentier // August 25, 2016 at 3:37 PM // Reply

    Amazing park. We did this one this year and Aventuras Maya last year. Xplor blow the other park away. It is more expensive but totally worth the money. All of the park is done well and designed nicely.

  12. Beto Franklyn // August 28, 2016 at 11:15 AM // Reply

    By far the best ziplines in Mexico are here at Xplor.

    Take care!!

  13. Vivien Anderson // September 8, 2016 at 12:27 AM // Reply

    We love taking our grandkids to this park. Usually we can watch our kids do the sip lines from several places and it is great we can all eat a nice lunch together. The paddling in the underground river is something we all do together and jungle drive is fun for four people. Xplor is a nice family park.

  14. So there are free shuttles from Hwy 307 where the colectivo will drop you off to go into the park?

    Are there taxis when you exit the park that can take you to PDC?

    • Hello Ray. If you take the colectivos from Playa Del Carmen they will drop you off at the side of the highway. The Xplor entrance is just across the road. There are only free shuttles to Xcaret because it is further from the highway. Going back to Playa Del Carmen after a day at Xplor you will find taxis in the parking lot and you can also go to the highway and flag down a colectivo. Although when the park closes this is usually a bit of rush hour as people get off work. You will have to wait about 1-14 minutes for a colectivo.

      • thank you!!! so I can just walk across the freeway and there’s not much further to enter Xplor?

        thank god I found you guys, the Xplor’s own customer services won’t answer any of my transportation related questions at all and instead pushes for me to buy transportation.

        Do you know if it might be cheaper for me to buy Xplor tickets from my own resort when I arrive, or is it cheaper to buy online now?

        • Hello Ray. It is cheapest to buy them online. The sooner the better. If you click the link on our website it is the same price for you and will take you to the official site but Xplor will give us a referral.

  15. Is there a free shuttle from the highway to Xplor if we take the colectivo?

    • Hello. There is no need to take a shuttle because the entrance is right on the highway. If you take the colectivo to Xplor you will just walk across the highway and enter the parking lot. There is a free shuttle to Xcaret because it is further from the highway. We hope you have an amazing time at Xplor.

  16. I am surprised that tickets cost so much to Xplor. I thought things in Mexico were cheaper. Any insights?

    • Hello Allen

      We do have some insight to prices at Xplor as well as other tours and parks. Part of the prices are for advertising and commissions to companies. The commissions from Xplor are not that much but for some tours that are 100-120 USD some booking agents get 30% This is for high volume sales. Most of the time it is about 10-15%. This means that the rest of the ticket price has to include operations wages, training, cleaning and maintenance. At Xplor when you go, you will that it is a huge park with waterfalls, zip lines and tunnels. All of this requires a lot of maintenance and safety inspections. Also the meal that you get there is like a $15-20 dollar value. So the over all value of the day we feel is very good for going to Xplor. We have never really heard anyone complain after going there that it was too much. It really is a well made park.

  17. Marina Bullins // September 19, 2016 at 1:26 AM // Reply

    Pretty interesting place to check out. My kids have been bugging us to take them to Xplor for months. We look forward to getting down in January and see what this park is like.

  18. I like all the activities at Xplor in this order. 1. Zip lines. 2 swimming underwater river. 3. paddling the canoes in the caves. 4. The jeep driving in the woods. I leave the jeeps or go carts to the last because it is nice but not as fun as the other stuff at Xplor.

  19. ONe tip for going is bring a water camera with you to Xplor. They take your photos and they are good but they are expensive! It is like another $60 for a package of photos. Bring your opwn go pro an dhave fun at Xplor.

  20. Edna Bertrand // October 1, 2016 at 4:01 AM // Reply

    When we went to Xplor last year we booked the transportation which was a little slow getting there and not that cheap. This year we took your advice and took the colectivos to Xplor. It was super easy and just walked across the highway to the entrance. Thanks for all your tips.
    Kudos!

  21. Art Bullard // October 1, 2016 at 9:09 PM // Reply

    Xplor was amazing! We took your advice and bought ahead of time and saved money. We love your tips! thanks

  22. Mitzi Settles // October 5, 2016 at 4:35 AM // Reply

    It rained the day we went to Xplor but we had an amazing time! You get wet anyways on the zip lines and swimming under the caves. So rain or shine this park is great. Just one note, if you go on the zip lines in the late afternoon it can be more windy and the zip lines can get slower or they put you in pairs to go do so you have more force.

  23. Xplor was so easy to go to from our hotel. We stayed at an all inclusive and booked the transportation from our hotel. We don’t want to be trying to figure everything out so this was an easy day trip tour. Super fun and would recommend it.

  24. Hey there! I wanted to thank you for the tips on transport to Xplor. We made it taking the colectivos to Xplor both getting there and going back to Playa Del Carmen.

  25. I love Xplor, cannot wait to go back next year. It has the best zip lines and the park is laid out good so you don’t have to wait long in the lines.

  26. Great article and review. We are coming to Playa Del Carmen this December. Is the water too cold then or is it better to visit in the summer at Xplor?

    • Hello Hannah

      The weather is warm year round so even if you come in December it will be like a day in June or September where you are from in Europe. The water is still warm and you can have dun year round at Xplor. Locals don’t swim as much in the ocean in the winter but to tourist it seems like a nice summer day.

  27. About how long does it take to drive from Tulum to Xplor? We are staying in the downtown and have a car. Thanks

    • Hello Iva. From Tulum to Xplor driving it will take about 40 minutes. It is straight up the 307 Highway and very easy to find. We hope you have a great time there!

  28. Hi to everyone! Is there ever any discount coupons to go to Xplor? The price is so expensive?

    • Hello Justina

      The only way to get a discount off the entrance is by buying the tickets in advance. We assume you are coming as a tourist and not a local living here. Residents get a discount with ID. TH price is a lot but most people only come on vacation once a year and want to enjoy themselves. The park is designed very well and the zip lines and other activities are some of the best when compared to other parks. So the value is there if you can pay for it.

  29. Maddison Westfall // October 23, 2016 at 7:19 AM // Reply

    Great tips on seeing Xplor. We took the zip lines in the afternoon and no one was in line hardly. We got to do all the activities at Xplor. Good food and fun day. I would recommend it to people coming.
    Cһeers!

  30. What’s nice about Xplor is the fact that if it rains you can still have fun. We were there when it rained and we just did the underground river swim and boat. When it was sunny we did the zip lines.

  31. Hi, I just want to leave a trip update after going to Xplor. We got there at 9am and started our day. The zip lines are the most popular but the line moved fast. The staff was very professional and it felt very safe to do all the activities. I would just note that when you swim in the underground caves that you should be careful not to kick too hard so hit your leg on the stones. It was a great day at Xplor!

  32. What a fun place! We have bene to Aventuras Maya tours but Xplor was much better. The zip lines are 50 times better then the ones at the small parks.

  33. I was able to find good info from your article. We are coming to Playa Del Carmen next month and doing research for our trip.

  34. Hello. I have been seeing the ads for Xplor fire at night tour. Do you think this is worth it to do?

    • Hello
      We have not been to Xplor Fuego at night so we cannot recommend it. The daytime is nice to enjoy the park though.

  35. Hello. We just got back from Playa Del Carmen and enjoyed our time there. We even got to visit Xplor and appreciated your tips on visiting. It was a great park and really liked the zip lines.

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