Parque Selva Maya

by Lydia Linton Pontius

Heading south from Akumal, towards Tulum on the right-hand side of the highway, just past Oscar and Lalo's Restaurant, is a new eco-park, Parque Selva Maya. It has nine zip-lines, and they will soon be adding more. In addition to the zip-lines, there are cenotes to swim in and also an underground river to snorkel.

We arrived at Parque Selva Maya after having a lazy breakfast in Tulum. The weather was perfect and we were all excited to see what great things they were doing at this new park. The fun begins the minute you arrive; just the drive into the jungle makes you feel like Indiana Jones.

Most of us had never zip-lined before so we were most excited to give it a try. We listened to the instructions intently and then headed out with our guides. The paths are so beautiful and you are so far away from civilization that you feel one with nature around you, so peaceful, so quiet. After a short walk we got to the first swinging bridge—wait did I leave out that I am not real comfortable with heights? I avoid using a stepladder when at all possible. The really crazy thing is I love the g-force; it isn't the dropping that bothers me, it is the climbing up.

Memo and the other guides could not have been more assuring and encouraging. Over the swinging bridge I went and then it was time to zip-line. There were six in our group and everyone decided I should go first. Never having done it, there was a natural resistance and healthy fear but, once I took that first step off the platform and was flying with my harness attached to the cable, it was pure ecstasy.

I am one of the fortunate ones that fly in my dreams. I do it often and sometimes I glide through the air. Other times I am in some sort of device, including once in a bathtub.  My dreams did not prepare me for the exhilarating feeling of zip-lining. If you have never done it, I recommend it highly.