Latin America, Caribbean | May 2020
New Underground Expedition Opens at Xplor Park
Mexico’s Grupo Xcaret opened a new attraction in one of its three adventure parks. “Underground Expedition” is the newest addition at Xplor park located in Playa del Carmen. Running 2,450 feet long, “Underground Expedition” takes visitors through a spectacular journey underneath the Earth, exploring crystal-clear waters, stalactites, and stalagmites. From exploring caves filled with clear waters to crossing lush jungle landscapes, adventure enthusiasts will come across some of Riviera Maya’s boldest obstacles.
“At Grupo Xcaret, we pride ourselves on constantly finding ways to connect our guests with the spectacular and unique nature of our surroundings,” says Miguel Quintana Pali, CEO of Grupo Xcaret. “The new ‘Underground Expedition’ at Xplor is just one of many ways we are striving to provide new and exciting attractions to ensure every visit to our parks is surprising and unforgettable.”
Visitors will choose between two routes, a contemplative path or a more adventurous one, each offering a unique experience that incorporates distinctive paths, natural waters, large caverns and a hidden canyon. Toward the end of the journey, two water slides await all visitors. The full expedition takes around 30 to 45 minutes to complete and does require the use of a helmet, while life jackets are optional.
In addition to the “Underground Expedition,” Xplor park offers six other types of activities that range from zip lines to amphibian vehicles and spelunking (hiking through caves and caverns).
Uruguayan Zoo Partners with Autism Awareness Group on New Inclusive Area
In an effort to create a more inclusive experience for all visitors, the Atlántida Zoo in Uruguay partnered with the nonprofit organization Friends and Families of People with Autism of the Coast (known by its Spanish acronym, AFAUCO) to design new spaces throughout the zoo. The project, which is called “Zoorpréndete Atlántida,” consists of several phases that will transform areas of the zoo to be more inclusive to people with disabilities. The transformation includes new areas accessible to wheelchairs and the construction of a new building to offer therapy and different activities for people with autism.
“It’s very important that this is a safe and accessible space and that all the areas are equipped for learning,” said industrial designer Ana Olivet, during the proposal presentation to community leaders. The first two phases of the project have the support of local government and municipality, and AFAUCO continues to raise funds in order to complete the project.