Monday, October 20, 2008

Selvatica Zipline Adventure!

We were a lucky little family this week, Hubby got us some free passes to Selvatica, a jungle adventure place near Puerto Morelos that I have been wanting to check out for a long time. Max had been sick for a couple of days, but we decided to go ahead and play anyway, we had been trapped in the house for weeks with all the rain we've been having, we all needed to get out and get some fresh air. We half expected more rain while we were there but chose to go ahead and just get wet if that happened, what's a little mud going to hurt?

The tour included transportation so we set off to meet the van at 10:00 am at the hotel Oasis America. We headed off to the hotel zone to pick up some tourists and then we were off towards the jungle. While we were driving it started to rain and we all just crossed our fingers that it would pass before we got there! We drove down a dirt road filled with nasty pot holes and eventually found ourselves in a clearing with a big beautiful palapa. The sun came out and we were greatly relieved! We got checked in, stashed our bags in a locker and went to get our gear.

Max was thrilled from the start, he got to wear a very cool helmet which he really wanted to keep. He got rigged up in his harness like a pro and was ready to go. I was really pleased to see the sanitary precautions they took, we all had paper nurse caps to wear under the helmets and rubber gloves under the heavy duty zip line gloves, very nice touch. We received our detailed instructions with a big emphasis on safety, again, it made me happy to see how seriously they took things. The guides were fun, and they got some good jokes in, but there was no joking about safety.

And up we went! Climbing a whole lot of stairs up to the first platform, Max was the first one up. The guides were fantastic with Max, they made him and I feel very comfortable with this adventure. He had the biggest smile on his face the entire trip. He'd get to the top of the platform before me and start calling "Look mommy, look, I'm up high!" The zips were FANTASTIC. Twelve lines in all, about 2 kms over the jungle. Some were longer than others, some faster than others, but all were great fun. The guides took a few of us on some "upside down" trips where we just hung from our lines and let them do the braking while we were spun around with our heads toward the ground. That might possibly be one of the most exhilirating experiences I have had. Max decided that he wanted to go upside down too and just went ahead and threw himself backwards in the arms of the guides!! He got huge cheers all around for being such an adventurous and daring little three year old.

After the zip lines we were off to the cenote for a refreshing swim. There was a choice of taking mountain bikes for the 1 km trip or riding in the van. Hubby took the bike and since the bikes didn't have seats for kids, Max and I took the easy way. Max was very disappointed, he so wanted to ride the bikes! The cenote was gorgeous, cool water, beautiful surroundings and a short zip line you could ride and jump into the water. I couldn't get enough of the zip jumps, we had a wicked time! Only once did I land flat on my back, OWIE oh owie, reverse belly flop! The line was too high for me to feel comfortable with Max doing it and again, my little dare devil was disappointed he couldn't do it but he enjoyed swimming in the clear cool water.

We had about 45 minutes in the cenote then back to the main palapa for lunch. We were starving by then and grateful for the yummy chicken fajitas, rice and frijoles. They played the video of our group while we ate and of course, everyone just had to buy it. They don't allow cameras on the zips, you really do need both hands for the adventure. So, I didn't get any shots there entonces the DVD was an essential item, even at $30 USD. We had to have the memories of DareDevil Max flying through the tree tops! As soon as Hubby can get the movie in Quicktime, I'll share the video with you all, it's a lot of fun.

After lunch we were brought back to town by our safe and friendly driver. Max quickly fell asleep in the van, a big day for a little guy who was sick with a cold! Overall, this was a fantastic day, I would highly, HIGHLY recommend this tour for anyone traveling to Cancun or the Riviera Maya.

While I didn't get any photos of the zip lines, I did get some shots in the cenote and of course I am going to share them with you. Here you go, enjoy, will have the video up in the next day or so.

Hubby and Max watching crazy people fly into the cenote

That's me preparing to make the big jump

Always point your toes when flying into cenotes

The whole group watching crazy jumpers

Me and my super fabulous adventure kid


3LittleFlowers said...

OMG!! That sure is lots of fun!!!! Love the pictures with "los pies de puntitas".

BTW, check out my blog for a special something for you from the post of October 19th.

Islagringo said...

Looks like a lot of fun! Did you notice how much it costs per person if you don't have a free pass? I'm so glad they and you paid such good attention to safety. I have an article on this coming up later this week. (is there anything that Max won't do? LOL!)

Adrians Mama said...

You have been awarded on my blog go check it out!

Susan Lechuga said...

Wow that looks like a lot of fun! I am sure you guys had a blast and gorgeous pics as always. Wow. Max is a daredevil and I know a little boy who would love to do things like him Missed your blog mama glad you are back

Anonymous said...

Great looks like a hoot!! My kids would be thrilled to do all that. OK. Me too!! I must make a point of getting up there soon. Wonder how I can wrangle some free passes.....

Anonymous said...

Wow, that looks and sounds like a lot of fun. Max is definitely an adventurous kid, great! thanks for sharing.

Amy in MN

Heather said...

You never cease to amaze. Lucky girl and way to go Max!


Frankly Ronda said...

Okay - we are so planning on doing the Zip Lines! I cannot wait :)

We expect to do this when we have guests. We do not have passes and it is so expensive :(

You are giving your child the gift of living life to its fullest!

Anonymous said...

OMG that looks like so much fun!!!!! You and your guys look great hun!

K.W. Michigan said...

The CancunCanuck Dare Devil family! Wow.. Max is scared of nothing!

Anonymous said...

What a fun day!!!! Too bad Max didn't get to enjoy the zip lines. I was really nervous for him for a minute! Glad to hear you all had fun. And for free!!!! Yippeee!!!


Anonymous said...

WOW! How fun was that to go along with you and your family on your day of adventure. Thanks.

CancunCanuck said...

Momto3- Thanks amiga, that's great! I commented on your blog, will get something up here soon. :)

IslaGringo- I think the adult price was $90 USD, but definitely ask about a QRoo discount! I think I can guess what your article might be about, I made a personal promise to someone involved not to write about it, so curious to see your take on it. And nope, there is nothing Max won't do, lol!

Adrian's Mom- Thanks chica, you and Anelys both awarded me, will get something up here soon, much appreciated!

My3Ros- Thanks mami, I know a lot of little boys who would love to do that adventure, much fun!

Michele- I think your family would love it, I really do recommend it highly. The freebies were a perk of hubby's job, nice to save the $$$, we wouldn't have been able to go otherwise. At $90 bucks a pop it adds up!

Amy in MN- It was a lot of fun! I'm glad I've got an adventurous kid, I know I've got some scary moments in the future but I would rather him be like this than a couch potato who won't try anything new. :)

Heather- I am a very lucky girl, great family and great adventures!

American Mommy- It's a must try for sure! Tours really do add up in price. I know most places down this way give discounts with ID that proves you live here, worth checking out on your end of the country too I suspect. My FM3 has saved us quite a bit of money over the years on adventures such as these. I hope Max will realize the gifts he's been given, I certainly recognize that experiencing these things with him is one of the greatest gifts I myself have received.

Erica- Thanks amiga, nice to see you around here!

KW- Dare devil indeed, Max is a super star and certainly afraid of nothing! Well, except the hand dryers in the bathrooms that make a lot of noise, lol!

Kim- Oh, Max did the zip lines alright, first one out of the gate every time! The only thing he didn't do was the zip over the cenote, it was a big drop and you hit the water pretty hard, I wouldn't do that to him.

Jackie- Glad you could come along, teehee!

nicole said...

wow theoes pics were awesome did u know that because i did i wanna go zipline one time in mexico it look fun.

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