Selvatica - Welcome to the Jungle!

Selvatica - An Experience Not To Be Missed In Your Life!

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From Canopy to Canopy!

My family and I are big “Survivor” fans. When the show airs - we are waiting to watch it! Each of us, choose our favorite to win and we can’t wait to see what will happen next. While watching an episode last year, one of the rewards for winning the challenge was a day of zip lining and food. Who wouldn’t give their all for that?

When we saw the first person come zipping through the canopy of trees, I looked at my husband and said, “That we must do!” The kids agreed and I set out to find out how I, too, could experience what that must feel like. After a little research, I found the perfect place. Selvatica in Cancun.

I booked the trip and purchased my tickets to Selvatica online.

The day finally arrived and we waited anxiously in front of the hotel for the transportation to arrive. I had butterflies in my stomach, I was second guessing this choice and worried the children might be afraid of the heights or that it might not be so easy for Maddy. She is the youngest. Never the less, I put my worries aside and decided to get on that bus and see what happened. It was not long until the butterflies turned into big butterflies in my stomach.

It seemed like we had been driving for quite a while when the driver took a road off the main highway going to the left. I thought that we were arriving at our destination, I looked up, and there were armed military men and police guarding a building that boasted, “Crocodile Farm.” My eyebrows were now standing near the top of my hairline. I whispered to Dave, “Oh my goodness are we going to zip line over a crocodile farm?” I was getting ready to jump ship until I realized we were just picking up passengers from another hotel. Whew!

Just as I rested into that false sense of security mode, the driver started passing around a clipboard. Each passenger was to read and sign. I heard some murmurs from the other passengers as they read the information, a few giggles, a few, “oh my gush’s!” I finally got my turn to see the clipboard. It was a waiver. If you just happened to be bitten by a creature such as a scorpion or a snake, you could not sue. Conveniently, it was given to us while were on our way there. I took a deep breath and signed for myself and children, hoping I was not going to be sorry later.

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Finally, we arrived at Selvatica! It was breath taking. The drive down a long, dusty narrow road led you to a place deep in the Jungle with nothing but the sounds of the animals chirping in the trees. It was a hidden treasure buried deep beneath the canopy of the trees. The top of the tree line is the canopy - the air between the canopy and the floor wall is the under story and it is very still. Not much air or sound intrudes on this space - it amplifies the sound of all the animals that have made this their home.

The staff was phenomenal. I cannot say enough about them. They welcomed you and explained the entire routine in detail. They used their time wisely explaining how things worked as they hooked your gear on and fastened the helmet properly to your head. They also had a zip line set up and one of the people showed you exactly how it worked and how to use the gloves and zip line to go faster or brake. They made it seem like a cinch. Then I noticed a man taking a video of everyone, slowly passing over each one of us and ensuring that he got everyone on this video.

I got a little nervous again, “I bet they are just making sure that at the end everyone is still here! I bet they have to make sure no one drops off the zip line and is left lying on the floor of the jungle!”

“Chill out,” Dave teased, “you, of all people should fit right in here!” He is so funny. They told us to all line up; I ended up the very last person in line with my family members in front of me. If people started dropping off like flies, I could just grab my kids, run the other way, and wait for the dinner.

I knew the zip lines were at the top of the trees. I had never thought about how you get up there. Until now. They hooked a cable to the belt of your new strapping underwear. Then they led you up custom-built stairs anchored from the tops of the trees. As you climbed to the tip-top of the jungle, the cable, attached to another wire that was connected in a sort of continuous vine of cable.

We reached the first platform; my sense of excitement overwhelmed my fear. My children acted much as they do when they are about to get on a Ferris Wheel or a ride at Six Flags. They were glowing. The guides that took you through the lines would send the tourists one by one, from platform to platform, with one professional zipper waiting to catch you at the next circuit. They even offered to go along behind you if you were afraid.

I watched nervously, as Dave, then Chase, then Sydney, and then Maddy made their way across the first of 12 circuits. Only Maddy had an issue, since she does not weigh very much her momentum was slower. They had to “rescue” her. She did not appear to be afraid and one of the guys zipped out to her and pushed her rest of the way to the platform. Now, seeing everyone else made it to safety, it was my turn!

If you are afraid of heights, I might not recommend this. It seemed like a very long, long, way down to the jungle floor. I was constantly watching for scorpions or other friends I did not want to meet by accident.

The first zip circuit for me was the best. It felt like I was flying through the air and I could not help laughing aloud as I glided across the top of the jungle. The guides would wait for each person at the next platform to signal you to go slower, faster, to catch or rescue each person. It was so easy! Each time I reached the next platform, the guides, who were already calling me “Momma”, begged me to try to go upside down. “I’ll follow right behind you,” they urged. “I will hold on to your gear the entire time,” they promised. I could not help it - I had to try it just once. I sometimes do crazy things because I am afraid I will not get another chance. I finally relented, my family all in front of me, waiting, watching me.

It was a complete rush! I am so glad I did not miss the opportunity as I stretched my body toward the jungle floor and just let go! I was suspended in the air with my legs crossed. He put a twist on it and started spinning me around up there! I was laughing and trying to tell him to stop, but my laughter beat out the words and I don’t think the guide could hear me. As promised, I reached the next platform safely. My family were there waiting and hysterical that mom did it upside down!

My husband and my nephew followed suit. Each taking a turn to see what it felt like. I am glad I went first. They may not have gotten to feel that freedom if I had not. My husband and nephew told me that they had to do it once they saw me because they could not stand to come back home and tell everyone they were sissies! Good!

It seemed to end too soon but we were not done yet. Next we all boarded army trucks to visit a Cenote. Deeper into the jungle we went. The road was dirt and full of deep potholes. I sucked in every bit of what I was seeing so that I could make a permanent photo album and etch it into my brain.

A Cenote is a deep hole formed naturally due to the collapse of the surface, which exposes the water beneath. Ancient Mayans may have used these for sacrificial offerings. It was pure beauty. The natural flowers grew wild around the Cenote and I stretched way over the edge to examine the inside of this enormous hole.

A zip line was fashioned over the cenote and some of the more adventurous people would grab a T - Bar shaped rod and zip until they reached the middle and drop into the cold water. A man made, rope like latter was designed to pull you along to the stairs to get back to the top.

My family and fellow travelers were all getting hungry so while I did not want to leave this beautiful place, it was time to go. The passengers were loaded into Army trucks and taken back to the point of beginning. The outdoor patio type tables were set and food was already being served to each person. Finally, some authentic Mexican Food! They served chicken fajitas, Mexican rice and water or a soft drink. Suddenly, a film started - it was all of our crew shown zipping and laughing through the whole experience. Priceless!

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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

What a great experience!! Kudos to you and your kiddos for being so adventurous!! Truly amazing that there is still such natural beauty in our world. Hope everyone can experience it thru your hub.


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

What a great adventure and wonderful memories for your entire family. Thanks for sharing!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Sally - I hope that everyone could have a chance to see this beauty. I did not do it justice really. But I hope the video made up for that! We will always remember this trip. It was magnificent! Thank you!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Sharyn - thank you so much! It was wonderful to share. I really appreciate your comments:-)


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outdoorguy38 5 years ago from Brookings,Oregon

OMG! I too must do this! I love your idea of a vacation, of course for me it would have to be over spring break to get the full effect of a Cancun vacation ;)


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thanks outdoor guy! I would guess you would love this;-). We own a business and can't often get away for many days at a time - I have been going on longer trips over Thanksgiving - everything is closed here for days. I'm serious though - if you can ever do this - so worth it! There was even a 73 year old Lady who went too! Gotta love that:-).


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outdoorguy38 5 years ago from Brookings,Oregon

Yep, this is right up my alley. I am so glad that I work online now and am not tied to a certain location or time in order to keep my business running. I am definitely going to try to plan this for spring break 2012, guess I better hurry up and apply for a passport...LOL! BTW, this was a great hub, I was so not expecting it to be about zip-lining from the title. Keep up the great writing!

Matthew


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you so much! And it's getting really cheap to go to Mexico. Just stay away from Alcapulco:-).


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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Oh, it looks like so much fun! I would love the cenotes the most as I am such a water baby. I've been scuba diving in one and the water is so clear.

Since it's been over 20 years since I've been to Mexico, I imagine that there is so much more to do now. Cancun was built as a tourist destination and ecological preserve. Cozumel has been a diver's paradise for many years now and I have made countless trips to the island. The water is just extraordinary.

However, the most adventurous place I've ever been in Mexico is to Guanajuato. There is an active volcano there that you can go swimming in! I did! It's one of the most amazing things I've ever done. Whoa, someone should put a zip line over the crater rim and people can jump into the water from the sky!

Awesome and rated up!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Austinstar - you helped me finish this yesterday:-)! I was motivated by you - plus I re-read your tips again while I worked on it!

I am a water girl too! That's why I loved Bay City - I spent most of my time at the beach! I noticed you were a scuba diver! Way cool - I went snorkeling in the Bahamas at a shipwreck site - so awesome! Maddy got sea sick - so I mostly held her on the boat. Poor thing:(. I did trade places with Dave for a little bit - but the water was soooooo cold!

Cancun has so many things. I don't remember which hub of yours I was reading - you mentioned several things that are very easy access now. Excursions of all kinds. I have heard you must be careful about this - often things aren't as safe A's the seller promotes.

I love your perfect little paragraphs too (and I shan't end my sentence with a preposition)! Haha! Have a wonderful day;-)


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Oh typos! My auto correct - corects me, incorrectly!


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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Ok, you've inspired me too. I'm going to dig out my photos of Guanajuato and write about it. Hopefully today!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Now see Austinstar - THAT is what I absolutely love about hub pages! I have gotten inspiration from so many of you that I consider GREAT writers - and I may not have kept up with this. You all keep making me want to do it better! I can not wait to read it!! Please write and share because I don't know when or if, I will ever go there myself. I want to see....!


Motown2Chitown 5 years ago

GREAT story! And what an adventure. This is the kind of thing I would love to do someday! And I LOVE the bit about Dave and your nephew being afraid of being called sissies. That's awesome! SEE how powerful girls can be! :)


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

That's what's up right Motown? I really wish I could describe it better - but there were too many words or not enough of the perfect ones - I just want everyone to go do it if you can! It is even offered in the U.S. at some pretty cool places. My daughter Sydney did it at 4th grade camp last year so she had a little practice. This year when Maddy goes to 4th grade camp she will be a pro!


Motown2Chitown 5 years ago

You did a great job describing it - descriptive narrative is hard. When I make my attempts at it, I try to use all five senses and say what I felt, smelled, saw, heard, and tasted. But you did a great enough job that now I really, really WANT to do this....lol I love girls who do cool stuff like this, btw. You've got some pretty awesome young ones. :)


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

That's so nice Motown! You know, after I published this, I thought about that - I wish I would have described how it smelled - very overpoweringly earthy. It's one of those places where the smell of foliage, flowers and soil is all you smell. No garbage smells:). Thank you!


Motown2Chitown 5 years ago

That's one of my favorite things about the comments thing, K. I've often edited published hubs for clarity as a result of something someone mentioned in their comments. I love that you can do it even after publication. HubPages is so darn cool! :)


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

It is - I have learned so much from so many of you! This is like being a kid in a candy store. When you have a spare minute - maybe in-between picking up kids or laundry you can hop on and read anything on any subject. I usually find myself laughing:-).


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Winsome 5 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

Hey RH, the place sounds beautiful and looks like you had a blast. When I saw the title I thought you were reviewing a herbal (is it an herbal) supplement. I'm relieved to find it was more adventure than nutrition. Loved the narrative. =:)


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey thank you Winsome! It was awesome! I know what you meant about the herbal! But it still cracks me up you said that:-). You should try it sometime (zip lining - not the "herbal") haha LOL!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

You are crazy brave... I am deathly afraid of heights. Not sure if I would have even looked into doing this. However, maybe you have convinced me to put it on my bucket list! Ha ha....

Oh wait... I just realized I have already ziplined. I did mine while in the military. My husband was training at West Point in NY and I was there for the story. Of course, the big Army guys wanted to see if the reporter could hang with the cadets. I ziplined. The catch - we didn't have the safety gear... just a big pile of water underneath. So, with no safety straps, we had to hold on for dear life until we reached all the way across. I suppose the jungle is less bouncy! Great hub!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you barbergirl! See - now that would have never happened with this real housewife! Yikes! No safety gear - forget about it. I was hanging on to the rail the whole time and it wobbled a little bit constantly because the stairs were anchored by the trees! Suspended from the air. I don't like heights but I had to do it! Jungle was not that bouncy. So you showed those guys huh?!


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What Is Q 5 years ago from Tennessee

Zip-lining is great, especially if you're going over a large hole or something else that'll give you a rush. Great story. I'm with you, though. I draw the line at zip-lining over water with crocodiles in it, even though that'd be a rush, too. More scary than a rush. It's much better to zip-line over a hole that was previously used for human sacrifices. lol. But as long as there's nothing than can eat me down there, I'm good.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

LOL what is Q! Yeah I was seriously thinking, "What???" I don't think I took a breath of air until we got down this long dirt road - then I saw people. At a hotel:)! I'm glad you got to zip though - pretty great isn't it? Thanks for hopping over;)


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crystolite 5 years ago from Houston TX

Great work and thanks for sharing this work.kudos.


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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

They have a cruise ship now with a zip line that goes over this big central park in the middle of the ship. That looks like fun. But I would rather watch than do it. Not scared of heights at all, just gravity challenged, lol!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

@Crystolite - thank you! Thank you!

@Austinstar - now I must try to see that also! This is why I clean my own house and junk - I'd rather save my money and see the world!


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Kylo88 5 years ago from dc

i looove ziplining. it was by FAR my favorite activity in camp. yeah climbing and hiking were fun but all you had to do in ziplining was sit in the harness and let gravity do the work for you! lol so much fun. my bro and i are actually trying to build on in our woods, as well as a "three tree house". lol. we're crazy people. our neighboors are scared of us!


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Curt_Swinndorf 5 years ago from Germany

I think there is a Selvatica park in Costa Rica too (Monteverde).


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

You might be right Curt! Thanks for reading and commenting! I asked if they owned another and one of the employees told me they had closed it so they could put all their effort into growing the location in Cancun. I know they did say there was another one prior to my visit last Thansgiving, but can't remember where.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Kylo - all neighbors are not created equally:-) lol keep being creative it's great for the imagination! Your right - added bonus is very little effort put forth for a bunch of fun!


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

Thanks for share your experience with us. I really enjoy the video. Well done, my friend. I give my vote to you. Cheers....

Love and peace,


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Prasetio30 - thank you so much! You are so kind! I'm glad you liked the video - I loved watching it again too, so much fun!


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Docmo 5 years ago from UK

Sounds like great fun. the video is Ace and I am sure the kids enjoyed it - your enthusiasm is infectious!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Docmo - thank you again! I can tell I'm going to love reading your hubs - I can learn a few things from you:)!


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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

I too watched the video twice! Never had time for that before. But it was almost as fun as being there!

Are you planning a trip to Chichen for 12/21/12?


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Austinstar - OOOOOOooohhhhh now your talking! Great idea - thank you for thinking of it for me! That would be an interesting party! Get your ticket now:-)


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katiem2 5 years ago from I'm outta here

How cool and what a cool parent you are, sounds like an adventure my two kids would enjoy. Thanks for the great insights as to fun zipline adventures. :) Katie


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Katie! Yes you and your girls would love it - I know my girls have planted that trip in their heads for their whole lifetime. It is a wonderful feeling to know how much they loved the adventure! Trips to Cancun are so affordable now too! I hope you do go soon:-)


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

I am not much of an outdoorsman but I surely enjoyed coming along on this journey with you. It sounds like exhilirating fun. I think I'll try it. Thanks for the excellent writing too. This is an exciting read.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Wow! You just made my day once again Mr. Watkins! It was the best adventure this family has had yet. It was so easy - a 73 year old woman did it. I do hope you zip line some time:). Thank you for your time and comments!


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Great story thanks so much for sharing your wonderful adventure!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Susan when your twins are a little bigger - you should go for it!! It was something we will remember for our life times. I was very nervous all the way there - I kept thinking the little one would have trouble but it was easy for everyone!


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man

This sounds like a lot of fun and I would love to take my family to do it. Did you jump into the water too like the video shows and ride horses into the sea? We have bad image of Mexico here from the media and imagine it as a place of a lot of crime. Your story shows another side, a side that sounds awesome! Thank you so much for sharing that amazing story. BTW have the kids asked to go back? That is usually the acid test isn't it?


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Oh you would enjoy it! We didn't get to jump into the water - we were exhausted and didn't want to go to the hotel wet! No horses were there either - we did the tour in army trucks. It was so neat!

Mexico is getting worse for crime but the tourist areas are safe. Cancun is really nice but I wouldn't wait too long! Haha! Yes - the kids would love to go back:)


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

You are such a daredevil!! Fun hub!!:)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Sunshine! This was so much fun! I think everyone should do it - I watched the video again today and I want to go back right now!!


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missolive 4 years ago from Texas

What an AWESOME trip you took!! My daughter would so love to do the zip line. This was a fun read RealHousewife - I enjoyed it. Glad you shared it.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you so much MissOlive! It was such a blast...I wanted to move there - so beautiful and serene. Except for the zips - the rest of the jungle was untouched. I am trying to figure out HOW I can talk Dave into returning like asap:) lol

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