Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo – What would happen if suddenly you were in the middle of the jungle with your eyes closed? Without the valuable information that your eyes offer, you may feel vulnerable. However, something magical could happen, your other senses could sharpen and you could smell, feel and listen with more precision and intensity. Something like a sensory reconfiguration.
“Thank you for reminding me that I’m alive.”- Susana, Tijuana, April 2019
Close your eyes and open your senses, that is the invitation that Hacienda Tres Ríos has extended to all its members and guests since 2000 with its SenseAdventure tour, which takes place in a well-protected portion of the jungle in the Riviera Maya, where you can hear the slight murmur of water and feel the flutter of the breeze on your skin.
“I felt nature around me; trees, wind, heat, rain, birds, stones, different scents, water…”-Nidie Bertoletti, Uruguay, March 2019
For 60 minutes, the traveler will not only open their senses, but also their soul. Through a series of activities, the guides of this fascinating tour integrate the four elements of nature. Suddenly the world becomes sounds, aromas and touch; water falls, instruments, and the skin allows us to feel the proximity of others without even touching them.
“…the moment they put me in front of my partner, I felt it was her and with just touching her face I could feel that her heart and mine were one, even though I couldn’t see her…”- Orlando Castro, January 2019
Gerardo Mago, who designed the tour and has run it since 2000 when Hacienda Tres Ríos was just a natural park says, “At first we did not have electricity and the pace was different. Sometimes we received up to 90 people in a single day.” After Tres Ríos became a resort, Gerardo redesigned the tour for Sunset World guests and members, to make it a more intimate experience. “We have maintained the essence, but we changed some things, because we have many repeat visitors and you have to surprise them too.”
“SenseAdventure is a trip through nature with the eyes closed. We are not responsible if it changes your life,” says Gerardo Mago, and maybe he was the first whose live was changed by the tour. After a successful career as an industrial designer in Mexico City, he was suddenly immersed in the jungle, with the privileged mission of facilitating the connection between visitors and nature. “I do not know how many people have experienced SenseAdventure, but there are thousands of them, and it is nice to hear when someone is here because someone else recommended it to them. Our work transcends. ”
Despite the word “adventure”, this experience does not involve any risk. After walking on a path through the mangrove forest, each traveler receives a mask. They are informed that there will not be any unpleasant surprises. The only rules are to be silent, trust your senses and enjoy the trip. It is normal that when blindfolded, some fears arise, and our trust is put to the test. But there is nothing to be afraid of. The traveler is always guided with care and respect.
SenseAdventure is an activity that is included in Hacienda Tres Ríos Resort’s all-inclusive plan. Guests and members can enjoy it during their stay at this resort located in the beautiful Riviera Maya in Quintana Roo, Mexico. This journey, which lasts approximately 60 minutes, allows full contact with nature and an encounter with our own senses. Although the scope of the experience is determined by each visitor, for many it has been a watershed, a reminder of the beauty that surrounds us.