Getting Our All Terrain Buggy
Looking at an All terrain Buggy Tour in Cozumel thru the Carnival Shore excursions desk? We did too. With a bit more research I found an excursion called Xrails to Jade Caverns. An Xrail is similar to a dune buggy/go kart and drives like a normal car with a steering wheel and gas/brake pedals. Be prepared to use a little muscle when driving…they do not have power steering!
Your trip starts with you getting the proper safety gear and getting strapped into your Xrail. The quads go first because they are faster and get out of the way pretty quickly. After this starting point, I don’t think I saw these guys again.
With the quads out of the way, we were finally able to start the trip to Jade Cavern. The road is bumpy and muddy. Here is the biggest piece of advice I can give you: Whatever you wear on this trip be prepared to throw it away when you are done! Everything that you wear is going to be very muddy and very smelly. Anything you really want to keep you can wash the smell out but I have some clothes and water shoes that the mud actually stained.
The Xrail driving time to the cavern was about 30 mins. Everyone stays together in a long line with a guide in front and behind so no one gets lost…just follow the leader! Some of the trails are very muddy and wet while other parts are dry as a bone. You go through some open areas where you can see a bit of the scenery and then you go into the jungle where you cannot see anything except the vegetation surrounding you.
Arriving at Jade Cavern you get a little break with some bottled water available. You also receive a life vest and a little info about the cavern. The water looks kinda murky. The guide shows how the water is actually clear and that it just doesn’t get light so it looks murky. The smell is terrible (kind of like rotten egg) and they tell you it is sulfur and also give a reminder to not drink the water, they have parasites in the water that we are not use to and you will become ill.
There is a pathway to walk down to the waters edge or for the more adventurous you can take the high road…and jump off a cliff into the cenote. Of course, I took the high road! The jump isn’t super high, but it was about 10-15 feet which is still pretty high.
You get some time to swim around and see the stalactites on the ceiling of the cavern. Oh, the cavern is also home to many, MANY bats. During the day, they are all asleep and just hanging out, but it is still very interesting to see.
After a little swim, it is time to start heading back. You take the same path back as you did going into Jade Cavern so you see a lot of the same scenery, but it is still a lot of fun and still very bumpy.
When you return there is an opportunity to shower a little. It is an outside community shower so you cannot really get properly clean, more just rinsed off. They only run the shower for about 5 minutes and you will not get completely cleaned. Even after a real shower I still felt a little grimy.
All in all a super fun day trip that really doesn’t take the whole day. From start to finish including the taxi ride to and from San Miguel was probably about 5 hours. We came in on the MSC Divina and our time on the island was from 10am – 6pm. After the excursion, we still had plenty of time to go have some tacos, beer and do a little shopping at the mall across from the cruise terminal.
Look for something a little less…dirty? Check out Mr. Sanchos!