Xplor

Last January, we took a delayed honeymoon trip to Playa del Carmen, MX. We tend to visit PdC every year or so, which meant this trip wasn’t necessarily super exciting as in “let’s try something new as newlyweds!”, but incredibly relaxing and enjoyable. We actually invited a couple of friends along too. I know, not very honeymoon-esque, but they were both in our wedding so why not join us, right?! Besides, the hubby and I would get sick of each other if we had to spend an entire week together, just the two of us… 😉

Even though we’ve been to PdC numerous times, we all tried something new this trip. The boys went golfing for a day (obviously not their first time golfing, just their first time golfing in PdC), so Julie and I took a trip to Xplor. I hadn’t heard much about it, but Julie really wanted to go zip-lining and this place seemed like a good place to try it out.
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In addition to zip-lining, Xplor also has amphibious vehicles and an underground river to “xplor” via raft or by swimming through the stalactites.

Our first adventure was the amphibious vehicle.

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I let Julie drive.

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We drove through some dark caverns. We drove on a few bridges over water. We got sprayed by sprinklers. It really wasn’t all that exciting.

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Next adventure? The zip-lines!
We thought we’d “start small” and go with the hamacas. These were basically a hammock that attached to the zip-line, so no harnesses or anything. We had no idea that “starting small” would mean geting soaking wet.

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But we were sold and ready for more. We got a quick bite at the buffet while attempting to dry off a bit.

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Then it was time to get our harness and helmet on!
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The whole process went pretty quickly and was explained quite well. The waiting in line we did do gave us plenty of time to build anticipation for the adventure we were soon to embark on.
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Xplor’s zip-line adventure is a series of towers, each increasing in height as you go. You zip from one to the next, climb up and up and UP and zip back down.
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The lines did get a little long at times, but before you knew it, you’d be at the top, next in line to zip and wishing you had a just a few more minutes to prepare.

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But I think you can tell from the looks on our faces here, that it was well worth the anticipation, the waiting in line, and the sick feeling in your stomach just before you let go.
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As you can see, we doubled up on some of the lines. And went solo on others.

Some over water.

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Some over trees.

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And some over roads.
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And continued to climb higher and higher until reaching the highest zip-line of 45 meters (147 feet).
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Our final adventure was rafting through the underground river.

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As it turns out, we’re not very good rafters. We also had a bat stalking us. Now I don’t normally hate bats, but when you’re in an underground river and one keeps swooping at you… it’s easy to quickly become a bat hater.

 

We let out so many shrieks and screams that we even had a staff member paddle out to make sure we were okay. Truthfully this little adventure could not have ended soon enough.

Can you tell we’re happy to be done?

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We spent our remaining hour at the park relaxing in the little oasis area until we started getting rained on. We then trekked back to the gift shop for a couple of beers and photo ops until our shuttle returned for us.

We encountered our bat friend again. He’s much cuter in plush.

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We met back up with the boys at the resort and let our favorite bartender, Raymundo, show us more tricks.

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And drank wayyy too much.

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We went out for dinner and I ended up getting really sick and heading to bed, but the rest of the crew partied hardy this night.

Overall, a super fun day minus the getting sick part.

Did we have fun at Xplor? Heck yeah!

Would I go back? Probably not. Here’s why: Xplor advertises themselves as a “natural” adventure park with stalactites, stalagmites and underground caverns. I’m no expert on ancient rock formations, but I’m pretty certain that much of this “natural” rock formation was actually naturally hand carved. Maybe I’m totally wrong, but I don’t think so. Don’t get wrong, there were parts that you could tell were naturally formed; you could tell from the smell, the extreme temperature drops, etc.  but I think much of it was also built around it to make the whole park flow together.

The zip-lining was great but the rest of it was just so so. We purchased an all-inlcusive package from our resort that I seem to remember costing $94 USD/person. It included the shuttle to and from our resort, all of the activities & necessary equipment at Xplor,  and food at the buffet, which we could visit at any point throughout the day. There was also a little coffee/smoothie/ice cream bar near the oasis where we relaxed. Everything from that was included too, but we didn’t get anything. Julie opted to buy a flash drive of the photos of us throughout the park, which included a print and cost around $25USD.

 

Since the zip-lining was really the only part of the adventure we really enjoyed, I would have preferred to go on a more authentic jungle adventure and skipped the rest of the stuff. We didn’t do much research before we went, and truthfully, despite having visited many times, didn’t have any recommendations. Of course our resort only featured the most touristy excursions and that was what we got. It was a fun day for sure, but next time I’ll know to do a little more research.

 

AdvoCare Note: Today is the last day of the 10 Day Cleanse portion of my 24 Day Challenge. I’ll post my 10 day results tomorrow!

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