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Last updated: 26 June, 2023
Expert travel writer: Alex Robinson

With forest canopy zip-lines, cenote-swimming, light caving, and wildlife-watching, this six-acre nature-based theme park set in scrubby jungle mixes safari park-zoo with light adventure in nature.

There are three separate tours which can be done independently or in combination: a zip-line circuit through the trees, snorkelling in a cenote, and/or a tour through a 5 million-year-old cave dripping with stalactites and stalagmites and coursed by a glass-clear underground river.

Facilities are simple – with little more than a Mexican restaurant – but there are far fewer tourist-bus crowds than at nearby Xel-Há.

Price from: £30
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 4+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

Aktun-chen is located between Playa del Carmen (about 30 minutes’ drive) and Tulúm (about 20 minutes’ drive) on Highway 307, between Akumal and Xel-Ha.

All equipment is provided (and food is available on site) but take a towel and wear relaxed, comfortable clothing.

When to do it

It’s open all year round, seven days a week.

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