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Riviera Maya Eco-Adventure - Ziplining at XPLOR

Posted Apr 16 2010 10:00am


Hanging 131 feet in the air, I feel my heart pumping double-time as I am about to careen across the jungle tops. Viewing the Yucatan Peninsula jungle in Mexico from a high-up view is breath taking. As I step up to the platform I can see miles of jungle and the ocean in the distance.

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Climbing the first tower steps is difficult - buffeting winds and no handrails.

Grinning from ear-to-ear at my guide, I jump off the platform and speed amazingly fast down the zipline. Time stands still as I fly like a bird for a few brief minutes - screaming and happy. My landing point is beyond my site through a large waterfall. Wildly careening through the waterfall, I splash down in a large pool of water - laughing - and want to do it again.

This day on the Riviera Maya near Playa Del Carmen was spent swimming in caves, touching the jungle, and climbing stairways, towers, ramps, and unnerving open air swinging bridges to get to the zipline release points at XPLOR  - an eco-adventure-park centered around ziplining, cave-rafting, and amphibious vehicle adventure rides. Watch the video above to see what it was like.

Eco-parks bring more environmental awareness by delivering tourists and locals closer to nature in ways they would not normally be able to experience it. Seeing my nine year old daughter swim through cenote cave water, touch plants from a real jungle, and zipline above a jungle, introduced educating conversation while we had our adventure. We learned about how we as humans touch the process of water ecology, as well as what it takes to protect caves and nature.

Definitely a wonderful experience worth repeating. Let's do it again!!!!

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View from a 130' zipline. Note the tiny zipliner flying down the thin line - what an adventure!

Please visit www.rivieramaya.com to learn more about the incredible ziplining eco-adventure along with other amazing eco-activities on the Yucatan Peninsula coast in Mexico.
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