Rio Secreto is a Must See in Cozumel

When you think of Mexico, the first things that come to mind may be beautiful beaches and a tasty meal of tacos and tequila. But there is so much more to be seen no matter if you have a few hours during a cruise excursion or a few days to explore.

Logan Fazio and Rosy Cordero at Rio Secreto

I should probably preface this post by saying I've had the pleasure to visit Mexico a number of times in my life. It's a great place to head to for relaxation, culture, shopping, and culinary adventures. They really have a little bit to fit everyone's taste. 


When my friend Logan Fazio and I were tasked with selecting an excursion during our second stop over on Princess Cruises in Cozumel, we knew we wanted to do something a bit different. In all fairness, the archeological site Tulum is great and all, but I'd already visited at least twice. So checking out the caves at Rio Secreto, was right up our alley since it included adventure and some swimming, which we both enjoy.

I had seen a bit of the caves on that episode of "Bachelor in Paradise" when Cody Sattler took Jackie during a date, but nothing could have prepared us for the breath-taking site we would see once we were all suited up in wet suits and lanterns. Yes, the underground river was pretty darn cold, but the stalactites and stalagmites made it all worth it. Seeing the natural creations so close reminded me of what it felt like to see amazing works of art up close. 

Your excursion specialists on board your cruise ship have the whole trip set-up so that you have a ride into Playa del Carmen by boat then by van to Rio Secreto and back at the end of the allotted time. As always, make sure you confirm the ship time and local time so you don't get left behind.

We even had some time to check out the funky shops and restaurants in Playa del Carmen on the way back. Logan particularly fell in love with a church near the sea with a spectacular view. I was really happy we had some time to explore the local area before heading back to the Caribbean Princess. When you pick an excursion that is longer in time, you risk not being able to see anything other than what you selected. 

A lot of the shops were filled with knick knacks, but there were some cute shops with unique items. We visited one that had some really cool calaveras for Dia de los Muertos. The locals, for the most part, were really kind and helpful. If you don't want to be faced with a pushy salesman, make sure you're certain you want to purchase something.

The main image above is the only one we have the caves. Due to the darkness and the delicate nature of the surroundings, you are not allowed to use personal cameras. Here are some photos of our time in Cozumel and Playa del Carmen. 









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